Sunday Children & Youth Religious Education
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9:15 Religious Education Classes
A Unitarian Universalist Montessori-influenced learning environment called Spirit Play invites children to engage the story of the human family, stirring their curiosity and creating space to explore their own thinking and responses to the world. The morning concludes with a communal feast and a trip to the playground.
Sacred Spaces (K-5th Graders)
Our spiritual theme-based learning ministry encourages each participant to teach and reach and create and make and ask and query and share and serve. Children take turns in each learning modality: create, explore; act and practice allowing for multiple expressions and play with the Unitarian Universalism. Learning is infused with a maker philosophy allowing children to discover and express what they already “know.”
All ages begin in the Sanctuary for the beginning of the worship service. Elementary learners breakout by age groupings (K-2nd; and 3rd-5th) into workshops such as a month-long exploration of Family that begins with the Hebrew story of Hagar and Ishmael followed by workshops where:
- a master-published poet leads participants to create poems about how families are the same and different;
- a scavenger hunt on our wooden grounds allows for the exploration of the “families” found in nature;
- they practice writing their first and family names in Hebrew and Islamic calligraphy; and
- they act out a game to discover common and unique family experiences.
Middle School (6th, 7th, and Non-OWL 8th Graders)
Our sixth and seventh graders meet together and alternate between two curricula, “Amazing Grace” which is a UU values based curriculum and “Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker” which focuses on social justice and our faith.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) (8th and 9th Graders)
This curriculum teaches 8th grade participants to make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in: sexuality, sex, sensuality, anatomy, friendships, dating, communication, health care and more.
Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Note: Permission from parents is required for this class, and parents or guardians must attend a parent/guardian orientation. Eighth grade visitors are welcome in the non-OWL Middle School class.
High School Youth Group
Our high school youth group Sunday morning time is youth-directed and adult assisted. Youth choose topics to learn about and discuss from current issues to world religions. They also use this time to bond as a group, do social justice projects, and projects that serve the congregation.
For K-12thgrade at both services, beginning in October, we extend the Sunday morning’s learning to include parents. Kids begin the learning in class, inviting families, when able, to join them for 20-30 minutes after the worship service, to finish up. Most often, it will be a social justice or service learning project, but we will also include spiritual practice engagements. This Fall’s First Sundays are:
October – Tidying Shared Natural Spaces
November – Congregational Peace Crane Project
December — Gingerbread
January — Making our Covenant
February — Polar Fleece Blankets for our Neighbors
March — Stewardship
May – Game Day
11:15 Religious Education Classes
Children spend their Sunday morning with younger children in an enhanced Storytime offering that allows for aspects of Spirit Play to be included.
Sacred Spaces (K-5th Graders)
Note: Our Fall registration for this offering at this time is too small to offer it every week though we plan for it. Whenever three K-5th grade children are attend, we will offer this class. On other Sundays, see the Religious Educator for worship kits for the Sanctuary or if they wish, they can be included in Childcare.
Our spiritual theme-based learning ministry encourages each participant to teach and reach and create and make and ask and query and share and serve. Children take turns in each modality: create, explore; act and practice that allow for multiple expressions and play with the meaning of Unitarian Universalism. Learning is infused with a “maker space” philosophy allowing children to discover and express what they already “know.”
All ages begin in the Sanctuary for the beginning of the worship service. One mixed age group, K-5th, engage a month-long exploration of Family beginning with the Hebrew story of Hagar and Ishmael followed by learning each week for that month which includes:
- a master-published poet leading participants to create poems about how families are the same and different;
- a scavenger hunt on our wooden grounds allowing for the exploration of the “families” found in nature;
- practicing writing their first and family names in Hebrew and Islamic calligraphy; and
- acting out a game to discover common and unique family experiences.
Coming of Age (9th & 10th Graders)
A year-long study of Unitarian Universalism and intersections with congregational life and one’s individual growth, is scheduled for next congregational year (2020-2021).