Children’s Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration Hour for Children and Youth

Sundays, 9:45-10:45am

Linette Lowe - Director of Religious Exploration dre [at] firstulou.org (subject: First%20Unitarian%20Religious%20Exploration) (email)

Summer 2017 RE Programming

June 11-August 13

 

Nursery (Sprouts):

Nursery care is available during the RE hour (9:30-11:00) for children infants to Preschoolers in Room 214 every Sunday.  Nursery care continues during the service as well, though all children are welcome in the service.

Infants and toddlers in the nursery will be engaged with an age-appropriate chalice-lighting, story, activity and snack each week, as well as ample time for play.  Elena Meeks, NaQueesha Puckett and Evvie Cooley, Leaders.  Room 214.

UU Identity and Me (Preschool-Middle School)

Join us for some great, relaxed summer Religious Exploration programming, beginning June 11. Children Preschool through Middle School will enjoy an all-ages curriculum developed by one of our own youth a few years back based on the seven UU Principles. We'll have a story, activity stations, and learn about an important UU from history each week. Led by Christina Roberts and helpers in Room 212. Helpers are needed--let Linette know if you're able at dre [at] firstulou.org

Link to 2016-2017 online RE Registration:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe65D7q-LBqsI3wRnRmSeEf9u_swuZX-FfQkIw0Y31d2vl6Mw/viewform?embedded=true

 

Discover Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education

Fall 2017:  4th-6th grade OWL will be offered.  Mandatory Parent and Child Orientation Sept. 10 12:15-2:45, ten sessions during the Celebration of Life Service through the fall.  Room 204.
Spring 2018:  10th-12th Grade OWL in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church.  Dates TBA.
 

Childcare 

Childcare is available for infants and toddlers every Sunday during Exploration Hour and the Celebration of Life worship service, beginning at 9:30 until 12:15. 
 

Holiday schedule
Exploration classes for children will not be held on these holidays: 

  • Last two Sundays of December. Child care on that day will be offered for ages infant through 5th grade. Please pick up children in your care at 10:45 a.m. for the Celebration of Life worship service. 
  • First two Sundays of January. Child care on that day will be offered  for ages infant through 5th grade. Please pick up children in your care at 10:45 a.m. for the Celebration of Life worship service.
  • Easter Sunday. Adults are invited to bring children in their care to the All-church Easter Breakfast during first hour. Activities for children are a part of the Easter celebration. 

More information about Children's Exploration is linked at the bottom of the page

Celebration of Life & Children's Celebration Worship Services

After Exploration Hour all youth and children in Preschool through High School join their families to attend the multigenerational Celebration of Life worship service at 11:00. Please pick up children Preschool and older at 10:45 for the Celebration of Life worship service.

Children's Celebration is offered for children Preschool through upper elementary grades during the sermon portion of the service.  We gather in circle time to get to know one another, talk about the ministry theme and what is happening in the service, engage in a mindfulness practice, and then have Montessori-style work time. 
 

The Goal of Religious Exploration  

First Unitarian Church Religious Education nurtures both roots and wings; the roots of community and shared values, and the wings of the free mind and creative spirit. Liberal Religious Education can lead each person into living a life loyal to their deepest faith, toward wholeness and ultimate commitment.

UU Anti-Racism Resources in Response to Ferguson:

The link below is a compilation of resources designed to help parents talk to their children and youth about race, racism, and what happened in Ferguson.

UUFergusonResponseTeam-REResources.pdf

More information
General Information about the Religious Exploration Program
Additional Programming for Children and Youth
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education
Children's Celebration
Child Care

Safety Policies:
Child and Youth Protection Policy
Child Care Policy

Youth Group participation forms:
Behavioral Expectations for Youth
Discipline Procedures for Youth

Religious Exploration for Adults

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