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Religious Exploration Classes 2016-2017 PDF Print E-mail


We help kids struggle with the hard stuff: Big Questions, death, oppression, sex, spirituality

ss chalice and stonesFrom September through mid-May we offer Religious Exploration at both the 9:15 and 11 am Worship Services.

For the summer, we switch to one worship service at 10 am.

To register a young child (up to age 12) click here.

To register an older youth (age 12 and up) click here.

If you would like to volunteer for any of these classes or in any other aspect of our ministry with children and teens, check out our Volunteer Opportunity Page.

Check the calendar for upcoming events and all-ages worship services.

 

9:15am Sunday School

Toddler Care

Play time for children ages 1-3 is offered each Sunday morning by a professional child care provider.

Spirit Play - Ages 3-5
A new Montessori-based, story-based currlculum just for 3 to 5 year old kids.  Come hear a story and then participate in an artistic response.

Spirit Play - Ages 5-7
We are expanding our Spirit Play Program this year for kids aged 5 to 7!  Come experience stories during our circle time, then move into a "work" time full of crafts and hands-on activities.  This is a class that is learner-directed.  The class values stories that convey meaning for our lives.  Through these stories, our children learn about life, death, God, religion, and much more.

Our Whole Lives for 5 and 6 year olds
Supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies, and families.  Age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education.  Two sessions at 9:00 beginning in September and January.

Experiencing the Web of Life - Ages 7-9
Explore the natural world with us!  We will be studying plants, bugs, trees, and much more.  We explore the cycle of nature and the cycle of birth and death by readting the story "Charlotte's Web."  Children are invited to come dressed in weather-appropriate gear, as we go outside most days.

Sing to the Power/Bibleodeon - Ages 9-11
Our class will engage the topic of power- the power of human beings and how what we do matters.  Great activities for kids in Grades 4 and 5.  The year will end with a different way of learning stories from our Bible, using Bibleodeon, an interactive and fun way to look at these tales that have shaped human's lives for many, many years.

Neighboring Faiths - Ages 11-13
An experiential exploration of different faith traditions through learning in the church and going on field trips to houses of faith.  We will engage with Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Unitarian Universalism, and many more traditions.

Our Whole Lives - for 11 and 12 year olds
An 8-session program for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty.  Offered at 9:00am January 8th-March 12th. 

11am Sunday School

Toddler Care

Play time for children ages 1-3 is offered each Sunday morning by a professional child care provider.

Preschool: Spirit Play
A new Montessori-based, story-based currlculum for 3 to 5 year olds.  Come hear a story and then participate in an artistic response.

Spirit Play - Ages 5-7   We are expanding our Spirit Play Program this year for kids in Kindergarten through 1st Grade!  Come experience stories during our circle time, then move into a "work" time full of crafts and hands-on activities.  This is a class that is learned-directed.  The class values stories that convey meaning for our lives.  Through these stories, our children learn about life, death, God, religion, and much more.

Experiencing the Web of Life - Ages 7-9
Explore the natural world with us!  We will be studying plants, bugs, trees, and much more.  We explore the cycle of nature and the cycle of birth and death by readting the story "Charlotte's Web."  Children are invited to come dressed in weather-appropriate gear, as we go outside most days.

Sing to the Power/Bibleodeon - Ages 9-11   Our class will engage the topic of power- the power of human beings and how what we do matters.  Great activities for kids in Grades 4 and 5.  The year will end with a different way of learning stories from our Bible, using Bibleodeon, an interactive and fun way to look at these tales that have shaped human's lives for many, many years.

Neighboring Faiths - Ages 11-13
An experiential exploration of different faith traditions through learning in the church and going on field trips to houses of faith.  We will engage with Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Unitarian Universalism, and many more traditions.

Our Whole Lives for Ages 13-14 
A year long values based comprehensive sexuality curriculum. Families must commit to regular attendance, complete an orientation held in the Fall, and complete informed consent forms. The class is closed to additional members after the beginning of the year to ensure trust-building. 8th graders who come partway through the year can join the Neighboring Faiths class. Class starts at 11am.

Coming of Age for Ages 14-15
A group that requires weekly attendance, with two weekly retreats and a June worship service where youth prepare a personal faith statement. Youth learn about the elements of developing a basic expression of their faith and delve more deeply into what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and part of a UU congregation. At the completion they are offered the opportunity to become members of First UU.

Our Whole Lives for ages 15-19 (Sept.-Jan.)
A values-based comprehensive sexuality education class. The teaching team develops the curriculum to meet the needs of the individuals in the group and to add up-to-date information that includes changes that the wide use of technology has brought.

Covenant Groups for ages 15-19 (Feb.- May)
Incorporates topics of significance to high school youth in a format that is natural to them. UU youth build strong communities, with shared responsibility, intimacy, and ultimacy. This group ministry models shared leadership with youth co-leading.

 

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*Tapestry of Faith - Embodying a faith development focus for our congregations, Tapestry of Faith is a series of programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.

*Our Whole Lives (OWL) - our nationally recognized, comprehensive, values-based sexuality curricula for all ages is offered each year.