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2020-21 Religious Education
This year, the RE program, along with worship and other church activities, will be offered online. Religious education programming will focus on innovative learning and nurturing relationships with families and the larger church community. Learn more about virtual RE programming for children and youth:
- Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, Sundays from 9:15-9:45 a.m.
- Elementary, Sundays from noon-12:30 p.m.
- Middle School, Sundays from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
- High School, Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
- Families Together: All Ages RE, Sundays from 11:15-11:45 a.m. (See any above link for more information.)
To stay up to date on opportunities in religious education and family ministry, please sign up for our RE Weekly News.
Our congregation’s worship services and small group ministry both utilize themes and resources offered by Soul Matters Sharing Circle, a network of UU congregations. This year, religious education for children and youth will also be based on Soul Matters themes. Theme-based ministry allows us to engage in a shared conversation across the generations through a variety of formats.
The Soul Matters Religious Education Resources have been updated for online learning this year. We will create lessons from these resources that fit with our congregation’s worship services, interests, and needs. Each month’s resources include anti-racism education opportunities, ensuring that this is central to RE throughout the year. Lessons and activities will be led collaboratively by RE Staff and the wider faith community.
Welcome! Visiting children are invited to attend RE up to three times before deciding to register. If you are a first-time visitor, please fill out a visitor form to help us get to know you and your family.
Children’s safety is important to us. Volunteers are screened, monitored and supported by professional staff. During virtual RE programming, there will always be at least two screened adults in each RE meeting.
Regular attendance helps children build on previous experiences and build friendships and community with classmates and teachers. For the best experience, please bring your child to church and RE regularly.
MULTI-GENERATIONAL Sunday Services
Several times a year, the Sunday service will be specially designed for children and families to attend together. Your family won’t want to miss these services, which are engaging for people of all ages! Updates about Multi-Generational services will be distributed through the church announcements and RE Weekly Email. During the 2020-21 church year, virtual RE will not take place on days with a Multi-Generational service.
Also known as Our Whole Lives, this award-winning, values-based sexuality education program is usually offered annually to 8th grade children of members. As OWL curriculums are not currently designed for online use, this program will not be offered during the 2020-21 church year. Find more information here.
From the second Sunday in June through the first Sunday in September, we offer fun activities in a more relaxed environment.
Inspire a child and grow your own faith! Ours is a volunteer-driven program: we need caring adults to join in the good work of guiding young people towards discovering their values and beliefs. Please complete a volunteer application, or talk to our Minister of Religious Education to discuss opportunities to serve.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Lillian Schley, Religious Education Administrative Assistant