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!
Explorers – We Are Many We Are One
9 am – Age 3 (potty trained) to 2nd Grade
11 am – Age 3 (potty trained) to Kindergarten
We Are Many We Are One lessons encourage children to learn and play cooperatively, express their feelings. appreciate how we are all alike yet different, view nature as a source of gifts that needs our care, and celebrate different religions and cultures of the world.
Trailblazers – Creating Home
11:00 am – 1st-2nd Grades
This curriculum helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. Leaders ask questions about the purpose of having a home and the functions a home serves, for us as humans and for other animals. The program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles each of us play in the homes where we live. The program introduces the concept of a “faith home”—your congregation—which shares some characteristics with a family home. Like a family home, a faith home offers its members certain joys, protections, and responsibilities.
Pathfinders- Faithful Journeys
9 am – 3rd -5th Grades
11 am – 3rd-4th Grades
Participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action. Through sessions structured around the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Faithful Journeys demonstrates that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals can affirm with many kinds of action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs.
Keepers of the Flame – Riddle and Mystery
9 am – 6th – 8th Grades
11 am – 5th and 6th Grades
The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist children in their own search for understanding. Each of the sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?
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.