Welcome Back: Children’s RE for 2019-2020

Welcome back to those families that I haven’t seen this summer. Our intergenerational water ingathering service is on September 8 at 10am. Please bring a small amount of water from your home or a place you visited this summer.

Our full Religious education program begins on September 15. Here is what each class will be studying:

First Service (9 am – 10am)

Pk-6: All children are together in one classroom for a multi-age RE lesson taught by Penny Gardner.

Second Service (11:00 am – 12:15 pm)

Pre-school (age 3 and 4): Chalice Children encourages spiritual development by direct experiences. We nurture young children’s spiritual growth, creativity, and connection to their UU community through rhymes, games, stories and activities.

Grades K-1: We are introduced to Unitarian Universalism’s 8 Principles. We learn that as Unitarian Universalists we are welcoming to all people, we care for others, create a fair and peaceful world, love the earth and are true to ourselves.

In February and March, this class has 8 sessions of K-1 OWL, the Unitarian Universalist sexuality curriculum that covers birth, babies, bodies, and families. Parent orientation sessions will be in January 2020.

Grades 2-3: We learn who Unitarian Universalists are, what we believe, and how we live our faith. We discuss the connection between the choices we make in our lives and the beliefs and attitudes we hold as Unitarian Universalists.

Grades 4-5: Bibleodeon is a UU curriculum that presents the best-known Hebrew and Christian stories in a fun and informative way. The class will also explore connections between biblical events and UU principles, and between biblical ideas and their own lives

Grades 6-7: Neighboring Faiths invites students to explore the faith traditions and practices of other religious groups in their community—both in the classroom and by arranging visits at other houses of worship. The class will also explore their own values as they relate to other faiths and strengthen their commitment to Unitarian Universalism and UUCWC.

Grades 8-10: Our Whole Lives (“OWL”) is a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum, which provides youth with accurate information about sexual health, human development, sexual behavior, relationships and personal skills in the supportive setting of our religious community. Parents must attend a parent orientation before their child may take this class.

Grades 9-12: Youth Group meets first and third Sunday afternoons from 12:30-2 pm. Youth group is a youth-led, advisor-supported program. Its purposes include nurturing spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth, developing leadership skills, building community, increasing understanding between youth and adults, and serving the wider community. Activities include worship, learning, games, overnights, social action, and youth conferences.

Please register your child for religious education 2019-20. We need emergency contact, allergy and other information to help your child be safe and comfortable. You do not need to be a member to register. You can register here.

I am here to answer any questions about our RE program or hear any additional information about your child.