Religious Exploration Programming

Nursery CareĀ 

Our nursery provides a safe and happy place for infants, toddlers and preschoolers while parents attend the service. Our youngest children are under the care of a paid, experienced, background checked adult caregiver who is comfortable with working with young children of various ages.

If parents prefer to stay with their child in the Restless Room (across the hall from the sanctuary), they can still hear the sermon while allowing their child to have extra space to wiggle and express themselves.

Religious Exploration Programming ~ 2016-2017

September marks the beginning of our Religious Exploration program for the school year. Our program is designed for children and youth from Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Spirit Play is a Montessori-based method where children are given space to work at their own pace, engaging their sense of wonder and allowing them to begin forming their own ideas about abstract concepts like right and wrong and the divine. Each class time begins with a ritual and story. The power of a meaningful story is placed into the hands of the children who are then free to work with materials in the classroom to explore their wonderings.

What youth say about being UU

Youth Group (Middle School and High School)

The Youth Group is designed to facilitate the transition between the structured children's program and the self-directed church participation of the adult. Along with the support of adult Advisors, this autonomous group plans programs which include community service, worship experiences, and leadership opportunities while producing a safe place to come for spiritual growth, friendship and community. They meet bi-monthly and often use these meetings to tackle deeper philosophical ideas and societal issues via Ted Talks. During the year, this thoughtful and dynamic group will be actively engaged in events with youth from other congregations in the Metro NY and Hudson-Mohawk regions.

If you have questions regarding our R.E. program, please contact either Jane Podell, Youth and Young Families Coordinator at or Kristen Schara, R.E. Chair at

Parents please note: Registration is required to participate in our program. Please click the links below to download the RE registration form and the social media parental permission form.