Children

School Nursery

Nursery care is provided upstairs in the Parish House during church services for children up to 4 years of age.

RE Classes

Classes for Pre-K through Junior High School students are presented upstairs in the Parish House each Sunday. Young people attend the first twenty minutes of the church service with their parents before proceeding to class.

Unitarian Universalist Principles in Children’s Language

1. We believe that each and every person is important.

2. We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.

3. We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.

4. We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.

5. We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.

6. We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.

7. We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.

We finished up with our Harry Potter themed curriculum in the spring and have begun working on the UUA’s Toolbox of Faith curriculum starting in the Fall of 2016.

About the Toolbox of Faith Curriculum (from the uua.org website)

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic who would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. — Confucius

 Toolbox of Faith invites participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the 16 sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight).

 Reflecting on the qualities (tools) of our faith, children and leaders gain insight into what makes our faith important in their lives, and how they can grow in our faith.

 Each session includes a Taking It Home section for the religious educator or leader to customize and share with families as a handout or e-mail. Taking It Home sections summarize each session’s goals and describe stories, activities, and other aspects of the session to provide background for family conversations and activities at home.

Also, the children have been singing in church. We have been working closely with Mary Lynne Peters to prepare our musical offerings.

We are planning to continue with this curriculum as well as continue singing for the congregation as a whole into the New Year through June 2017.

Come and join us,

Rachel Meerson

Director of Religious Education