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)

Link to 2016-2017 online RE Registration:

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

 Link to 2016-2017 RE Volunteer Sign Up:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F49ACA72CA1F85-sunday

2016-2017 Program Year--August 21-June 4

Winter Break--No RE--Dec. 18th and 25th, Jan. 1st and 8th

Graded curricula are offered for Preschool through Middle School on most Sundays through the fall and spring semesters. High Schoolers may work on individual apprenticeships.  Please pick up children Preschool and older at 10:45 for the Celebration of Life worship service.

 

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.

 

Preschool-First Grade (Explorers): Picture Book World Religions and Picture Book Bible Tales

The Picture Book series of curricula for young UUs uses timeless picture books and engaging hands-on activities to introduce participants to Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism as well as classic Bible tales our UU children should know.  Christina Roberts and Friends, Leaders.  Room 212.

 

Second – Fourth Grade (Seekers): Love Will Guide Us

In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?" "What happens when you die?" Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.  Rae Cobbs and Jozi Uebelhoer, Leaders.  Room 207

 

Fifth – Eighth Grade (Padewans): Jedi Academy

The world of the Jedi has inspired real-life practices of spirituality. The philosophies of Star Wars have been explored, examined, and adopted by many. The Jedi believe in the 'Living Force', a spiritual presence that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds all the matter in the universe together. If the program were summed up in one word, it would be “Mindfulness.” The Jedi students learn to pay close attention to their experience of themselves and the world around them. This curriculum has been described as a Coming of Age program for Middle Schoolers.  Danielle Rogers-Candee, Daniel Candee, and John Cooley, Leaders.  Room 202.

High School (Apprentices): Individual apprenticeships

High School Students will meet with the DRE to discuss what area of church life or spirituality they would like to apprentice in, and a suitable apprenticeship will be arranged individually. 

One Room Schoolhouse

Once a month on second Sundays, children and youth Preschool and older gather together for multi-age "One Room Schoolhouse."  Our themes follow the church's monthly ministry themes.  One Room Schoolhouse dates

Discover Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education

Fall 2016:  K-2 OWL will be offered.  Mandatory Parent and Child Orientation Sept. 11 12:15-2:45, eight sessions during the Celebration of Life Service through the fall.  Lisa Mascio-Thompson and Linette Lowe, Facilitators.  Room 204.
Spring 2017:  7th-9th Grade OWL in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church.  Parent Orientation January 15 at TJ, first session January 22nd.
 

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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