Religious Education Program for Children and Youth
Sunday Worship – Each Sunday, children will gather in the sanctuary for worship through the Story For All Ages, at which time children ages 0-grade 6 will proceed downstairs for Religious Education. Children age 0-grade K will gather in room 25. Children in grades 1-3 will gather in room 26. Children in grades 4-6 will gather in classroom 18. Each room will be set up with age appropriate activities that correlate to the Touchstones theme for the month and will bring aspects of Unitarian Universalist tradition and highlight notable UU’s throughout history. Our Religious Education time will also include a chalice lighting, a check-in, and a review of the 7 principles. Youth in grades 7-12 are welcome to join the whole congregation for worship in the sanctuary.
Children’s Chapel – Children’s Chapel will be held the first Sunday of each month September through May and will take place when the children proceed downstairs after the Story for All Ages. Children age 0–grade K will gather together in classroom 25 with our Nursery Director, Miss Lauren, and a volunteer. Children in grades 1-6 will gather in room 18 with our Director of Religious Education, Lindsay Dunn, and a volunteer. Children’s chapel will include a chalice lighting, a song, a story or poem, and an activity that will introduce the theme for the month.
Long-Term Service Project – On the last Sunday of each month, children in grades 1-6 will gather together to work on a long-term service project to benefit the Just Breathe 815 organization. Projects will be spearheaded by Krysta Wasilewski and Rebecca Quirk in partnership with Kevin Ware, the founder of Just Breathe 815.
Our Whole Lives – Our Wholes Lives is the lifespan sexuality education curriculum developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. We will offer the 8 week Our Whole Lives program for children in grades 4-6 beginning mid-January. Parent permission & orientation are required for students to attend.
Middle School Programming – We will continue to provide programming for youth in grades 7-9 on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Sessions will run from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. This year we will provide the Neighboring Faiths program in which participants explore the history and development of different faith traditions. Each month will focus on a different faith and will include a visit to a place of worship. Neighboring Faith advisors will be Leah Krippner, Paul Jordan, Christe Lunsford, and Khanh Oehlke.
Family Ministry Events – The Family Ministry Team plans one whole congregation event each month to promote fellowship and fun. Members of all ages are welcome. We encourage new members to attend our Family Ministry Events as a way to meet members of the church and make new connections.