We are pleased to offer many wonderful classes to our youngest congregants, with the help and guidance of many compassionate adults and youth, that stimulate the development of creative and critical thinking skills as they ponder some of life’s biggest questions: Who am I? To whom do I belong? What do I believe? Is what I believe moral and ethical? May we all engage in this important spiritual work together!
Children (Age 3 – 6th Grade)
Explorers – Wonderful Welcome
9 am – Age 3 (potty trained) to 1st Grade
11 am – Age 3 (potty trained) to Kindergarten
The Wonderful Welcome curriculum engages and challenges leaders and children alike to explore how and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives. We welcome not only strangers but family, our peers, our neighbors and even entities that are not people such as our animal friends and nature itself.
Trailblazers – World of Wonder
11:00 am – 1st-2nd Grades
This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development. Time spent experiencing and exploring during the first grade and second-grade years begins a practice that can bring lifelong openness to the wonder nature can spark.
Pathfinders- Signs of Our Faith
9 am – 2nd – 4th Grades
11 am – 3rd-4th Grades
Signs of Our Faith guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, and supporting one another on our faith journeys. This program helps children understand the abstract concept of a ritual by naming rituals as signs of our faith. Through this concept, children discover evidence of their faith in everyday actions and are encouraged to ritualize or form into habit such traits as caring, welcoming, and making fair group decisions.
Keepers of the Flame – Love Connects Us
9 am & 11 am – 5th and 6th Grades
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another’s search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.
Youth (7th Grade – High School)
Navigators – Building Bridges
10 am – 7th and 8th Grades
Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.
Coming of Age
10 am – 9th Grade and up
The UU Coming of Age program is roughly equivalent to other denominations’ confirmation. We encourage and support our youth as they clarify their beliefs. The youth are paired with adults who mentor them in their journey of developing awareness and service to others.
Seekers – High School
Meets the 3rd Sunday of every month
This is a Small Group Ministry/Non Traditional group. It meets once a month for dinner, themed conversation, and games/activities.
The success of our religious education program depends on the volunteer support of all of our congregants. We encourage everyone to become part of the excitement and learning that happens when our children get together in classes and activities. To volunteer in the RE program, sign up here.
If you have questions about our children’s classes or volunteering, contact Director of Religious Education.