Most Sundays, young people in Kindergarten through Grade 6 begin in the service with their families. Following the “Message to Children”, teachers accompany children to their classrooms. Our goal is to provide a warm environment where each child is accepted for who they are and to encourage them on life’s journey. Each Sunday morning session begins with a chalice lighting and the sharing of joys and concerns. All groups meet until 11:15 a.m. to allow for an hour-long session. Parents of infants to Third Graders are asked to pick up their children in the classrooms at 11:15 a.m.. Older children are dismissed to Coffee Hour.
Little RE: 0-4 years, Lower Level
The youngest children are warmly welcomed in our nursery/toddler classrooms by volunteer teachers, our dedicated teen assistants and Dawn Van Patten, our Assistant Director of RE. Parents are invited to bring their children to the classroom fifteen minutes before worship service begins (9:45 a.m.).
Spirit Play: Kindergarten/1st Grade, Lower Level
Spirit Play is an engaging approach to religious education based on the Montessori method and Unitarian Universalist principles. Children are told a story and then encouraged to explore “wondering questions” through learning centers and art activities.
Soul Matters: Grade 2, Greeley Room
Grade 3, Bulkeley Room
Grade 4, Ripley Room
Our monthly themes focus us on a spiritual value and invites each group to embody them in developmentally appropriate ways. Our Sunday mornings often include sharing, a hands-on activity, games, a story and movement. Through out the year, children are also encouraged to put their values into action through service projects.
2017-2018 Religious Exploration Themes: What does it mean to be a people of …
|September: Welcome||February: Love|
|October: Courage||March: Balance|
|November: Abundance||April: Emergence|
|December: Hope||May: Creativity|
|January: Intention||June: Blessing|
- Download Schedule: Soul-Matters-2017-18
UU Tween Spirituality: Grade 5, Wright Tavern
Based on a curriculum by Tracy Beck, these sessions help nurture the spiritual lives of tween youth. We will explore spiritual practices like meditation, walking the labyrinth, Zentangles, and more. We will delve into recent Unitarian Universalist Study/Action Issues like Racial Justice, Reconsidering Thanksgiving, and Solidarity with our Muslim Neighbors. 5th graders also take an active role in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Guest at Your Table program. Middle OWL will be offered for 5th graders in the Spring, 2018.
- Download Schedule: UU Tweens Spirituality 2017-18