Children & Youth

Religious Education Program for Children and Youth

Interested in signing up your child for Children & Youth Religious Education? Click HERE for the 2013-14 sign-up form. Just fill it out and return it to the Religious Education Coordinator.


2013-2014 Religious Education Program for Children and Youth

Sunday Morning Activities:

Nursery - Preschool (up to age 5-6): Nurturing care and creative play are our curriculum for our youngest.

Kindergarten - 4th Grade Class: We have a nature-centered curriculum this year, Adventures with the Web of Life. We will explore nature as a source of wonder, mystery and environmental values. Each week's topic is listed in the newsletter and on Facebook.

Middle School Class (Grades 5-8): Community building is our primary focus. Windows and Mirrors develops a deeper awareness of self and others and appreciation for diversity. How Can I Know What to Believe? explores beliefs about the Bible, God, death and Unitarian Universalism. Gods & Goddesses looks at our principles through Greek mythology; other world myths will also be explored. We have occasional get-togethers outside of class, including an end-of-year field trip.

YUUth (Grades 9-12): Youth plan their year in cooperation with our Youth Advisors. Check the newsletter, Facebook and e-mail for upcoming meetings and activities. The year will start off with a Cemetery Walk on October 19, led by a Youth Advisor and the minister.

Chapel: About once a month, the K-4th grade class will have a brief worship of their own followed by a group activity, instead of a class. This will usually be on the 4th Sunday of the month. A few times this year the Chapel will be for all ages from K-12.

Other Activities:
Social Justice: Youth and adults hold an annual Alternative Gift Fair in December. All ages raise funds for grassroots organizations through the Guest At Your Table program. On one or two Sunday evenings per month, the Tri-Cities Interfaith Group (Grades 6-12) meets to explore shared values and take action toward social justice. All ages join in Park Clean-Ups.

OWL (Grades 7-9) age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education may be offered. Interested parents must attend an orientation session first.

Outings:
The Kindergarten-4th Grade class sponsors outings after church on most 3rd Sundays. All ages invited!

Kids' Garden: Each spring, kids and adults plant vegetables in front of the church as a way to connect with nature.

Milestones and Other Celebrations: New kids and babies are invited to have a Child Dedication Ceremony. Graduating high school seniors have a Bridging Ceremony. A Harvest Fair, Christmas Choir, Easter Egg Hunt, or your favorite celebration may happen; contact us to volunteer!

Religion In The Home: Click on "Families" on this web site for ideas and resources.