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Children's Education & Enrichment

At home, you give your children the tools they need to seek answers, nourish their spirits, and build the world they dream about.

At UUCR, we want that, too. Our religious education (RE) programs are designed to nurture the awakening of young persons' minds, hearts, and souls, deepen their compassion, and help them live our Unitarian Universalist faith. 


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We also welcome volunteers who may or may not have children enrolled in Sunday RE classes. Please volunteer with us!

 

 


More about our Children and Youth Programs

Summer 2017 Religious Education Classes starting Sunday June 18, 2017 through September 10, 2017

This summer UUCR will be running a makerspace program each week. If you haven't heard about Makerspace, this blog gives you a quick overview.

 

Our makerspace will be a place with the tools and materials a child/youth needs to engage in the spiritual act of creation. Adults will act as guides, instead of teachers, as children discern and listen to their inner-creative voice.

 

We are looking for adults and families to be activity leads, as well as general space monitors. Current middle and high school students are invited to be helpers this summer, as well as participating in makerspace spiritual creations.

 

Nursery age children are welcome to join in teh makerspace creation or visit the nursery in Building 3. 

 

RE Classes Sunday mornings, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., September 18, 2016 - June 4, 2017.

Our RE programs grow along with your children. Each year, children are given even more independence, responsibility, intellectual challenge, creative opportunity, and ownership of their spiritual experience.

From the moment they enter our nursery, young children are encouraged to question, connect, and grow their self-identity. In the upper elementary years, children explore answers to the big questions about life and death, spirit and God, ethical decisions, and respecting the experiences of others.

Classes begin at 10:00am and run a little longer that the worship service. This gives you time to enjoy coffee and conversation after the service before picking up your child.

Our adult volunteers adhere to these safety guidelines.


First Fifteen & Children's Worship

Two Sundays a month, children spend the "First Fifteen" minutes in the Sanctuary for the multigenerational portion of the worship service, after which they follow their teachers to their classroom.  The other two Sundays, children have their own worship service in Founders Hall before they follow their teachers to class. During the summer months, however, children will go directly to class, which will include a brief opening worship.

Several times throughout the year, the children join the rest of the congregation for an entire multigenerational worship service. These services include our Ingathering Water Ceremony, Thanksgiving Service, the Holiday Pageant, and Flower Communion.  


Sunday Mornings Program Themes (September 18, 2016 to June 4, 2017)

  • Nursery:  Infant to 2 years old - Loving care is provided for the youngest members of our community.
     
  • Preschool - three and four year olds: Chalice Children  – Nurtures children's spiritual growth, creativity, and connection to our Unitarian Universalist community. Through simple rituals and hands-on experiences, your Preschooler will lear about religious community, listening, and sharing with others.
     
  • K - 1st: Creating Home – Helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. Through stories from UU and other traditions, your K-1st grader will explore home as a place of belonging (family, classroom, congregational, and faith homes).
     
  • 2nd – 3rd: Moral Tales – Draws from our Unitarian Universalist sources to provide children with spiritual and ethical tools to make choices.
     
  • 4th - 5th: Harry Potter and UU - This social curriculum, based on J.K. Rowling's books, immerses children in the idea that one can work to make the world a better place. Lessons deal with bullies, finding friends, and channeling disabilities to find empowerment.
     
  • 6th - 12th: Youth Education & Enrichment
 

More Questions?  

Contact our Director of Religious Education, Dayna Edwards, at dedwards@uucr.org or 301-762-7666 x 3 to learn more about UUCR's religious education program.

Check out Between Sundays, a project of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, for tips and resources to help answer your children's religious questions, especially those about Unitarian Universalism.

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