First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

 
Religious Education Classes 2015-2016 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 Education 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 (5th grade or younger) click here.

To register an older youth (6th grade 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

Programming for children ages 1-3 is offered each Sunday morning by a professional staff person.

Preschool: Spirit Play
A new Montessori-based, story-based currlculum just for preschool-aged kids.  Come hear a story and then participate in an artistic response.

Kindergarten- 1st Grade: Spirit Play
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.

First Grade: Our Whole Lives
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.

2nd-3rd Grade: Experiencing the Web of Life
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.

4th-5th Grade: Sing to the Power/Bibleodeon
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.

6th-7th Grade: Neighboring Faiths
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.

5th-6th Grade: Our Whole Lives
An 8-session program for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty.  Offered at 9:00am January 4th-March 9th.

11am Sunday School

Nursery Care

Infants below age 1 are welcome to join volunteers in our Nursery.  Our Nursery is located in the first classroom through our Courtyard area.

Toddler Care

Programming for children ages 1-3 is offered each Sunday morning by a professional staff person.

Preschool: Spirit Play
A new Montessori-based, story-based currlculum just for preschool-aged kids.  Come hear a story and then participate in an artistic response.

Kindergarten- 1st Grade: Spirit Play
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.

2nd-3rd Grade: Experiencing the Web of Life
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.

4th-5th Grade: Sing to the Power/Bibleodeon
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.

6th-7th Grade: Neighboring Faiths
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.

8th Grade: OWL
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.

9th Grade: Coming of Age
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.

10th Grade and Beyond: OWL (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.

10th Grade and Beyond: Covenant Groups (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.

 

__________

*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.