Children’s Religious Exploration
Religious Exploration Hour
for Children and Youth
Linette Lowe - Director of Religious Exploration dre [at] firstulou.org (subject: First%20Unitarian%20Religious%20Exploration) (email)
June 10-August 12
Summer PlaySpace Kids and their carers meet in the Courtyard (Rm. 212 if it's raining) for fun and community building. There will be a bin of outdoor toys and activities available near the courtyard entrance, along with a flameless chalice, chalice-lighting words, the Seven Principles, and Guidelines for Being Together. Carers can enjoy each other's company while the children play in our sacred space. Carers will share supervision of the children, without a central adult responsible for planning, execution, and supervision. Our objectives for such a fellowship include:
-building and maintaining multigenerational relationships
- experiencing comfort and joy related to the church’s physical space and the people there
- having fun together
- relaxing together
-viewing the church as “our house”
-explicitly offering “permission” to play and just be
-exploring the value of a less planning-heavy gathering and what it can teach us
-offering all stakeholders an opportunity to reflect on and plan for spring and fall RE sessions.
We acknowledge that a break from more planning-heavy RE can be healthy both for facilitators and participants. We look forward to a free, fun summer to watch our families grow!
--The RE Ministry
Important Note on Communications
As of January 2018, all communications for RE will be through Remind. Please text your child(ren)'s class code(s) found below to 81010 to join Remind. Help us save paper and stay in the know! You will receive short weekly Taking It Home messages and any announcements.
Link to 2018-19 online RE Registration:
Link to 2018-19 SignUpGenius to Volunteer:
First Unitarian Emergency Form
Must be on file with the DRE before any off-site visit
First Unitarian Permission Form for Off-Site Visits
Fall 2018 RE Programming
August 19 - December 10
Class code: @1stunurs (text to 81010 to join Remind)
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 and NaQueesha Puckett, Leaders. Room 214.
Preschool - Kindergarten (Explorers)
We Are Many, We Are One
Class code: @1stuexpl
We Are Many, We are One offers young children the opportunity to learn about their religious community and tradition, as well as the freedom to discover and express their uniqueness. The four units in this program encourage children to develop their sense of identity and self-esteem wiwthin their Unitarian Universalist community and their world. The themes of "Many" and "One" -- community and individuality, alike and different, humankind and me -- provide a focal point. Room 212.
1st - 4th Grade (Seekers)
Class code: @1stuseek
Faithful Journeys participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. Through sessions structured around our UU Principles, we demonstrate that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals affirm with many kinds of action. All sessions include hands-on activities as well as guided discussion, reflection, and self-expression to engage participants with various learning styles. Room 207.
5th - 8th Grade (Questers)
Class code: @1stuques
First Sunday: Learn! Second Sunday: Multigen One Room Schoolhouse in the Social Hall! Third Sunday: Serve! Fourth Sunday: Fun! Join us to learn, participate in Multigenerational faith development, serve our church and our neighbors, and have fun together! Ideas generated by the class will take us out into the community to visit other faith traditions (and our own), serve our neighbors, and build community among ourselves by having fun together. Rm. 202.
Class code: @1stusrhi
Senior high students will work with the Director of RE to find meaningful and fun involvement in the life of the church. Opportunities might include assisting in a classroom, learning a skill such as working tech deck, or working directly with the DRE.
Multigenerational One Room Schoolhouse
on Monthly Ministry Themes
2nd Sundays, Social Hall
Discover Our Whole Lives
Exploration classes for children
will not be held on these holidays:
- Last three 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 Sunday 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.
Children's Celebration during the
Celebration of Life Service
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.
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.