Elementary Program - Our Values and our Sources
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All RE programs for children over 5 years of age begin in the sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. with the beginning of our first Sunday service only. Children, Youth and RE Volunteers are invited to process downstairs after some shared time together in our sanctuary. Families are also welcome to stay in the sanctuary or enjoy service in the Stevenson Parlor.
Love Surrounds Us (1-2nd Grade) Sundays, 9:00 a.m.
At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood and is led by RE Volunteers in the Emerson Room.
Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community. Principles are introduced with opening activities and story. The processing through wonder questions is extremely important to allow children to see the Principles at work in the world. Rather than listing the ways love surrounds us when we are treated equally, participants engage in ways to identify equality by the love shown in community.
Sessions based on the Principles allow children to articulate their faith in the world. Participants come knowing they are Unitarian Universalists, and leave knowing why, as the Principles help answer the question “Why do I belong?”
Hogwarts UU (3-5th Grade) Sundays, 9:00 a.m.
The Harry Potter series of books are an exciting way to immerse children in a world where love, justice, and compassion are the forces that help make the world a better place. The stories encourage creativity and imagination, cooperation and justice, and faith and moral development.
Lessons provided include themes such as being our best selves, compassion for all, choosing justice, caring for all creatures, and working to build a better world. Each session is around a specific moral lesson, relating it to the appropriate Unitarian Universalist Principles and uses film clips to illustrate that theme in addition to response activities that support and illustrate the lesson in a hands-on way.
All the while, we create a magical classroom where we discover our own special gifts in the context of a beloved and supportive community of peers. As we explore our personal relationship with moral themes, we grow more fully into awareness of our spiritual purpose in the world as Unitarian Universalist children of hope, faith, justice, and love. This program is led by RE Volunteers, “Professors” in the Emerson Room.
Faith Formation Room (Ages 5-12) Sundays, 9:00 a.m.
The Faith Formation Stations are in the John Cyrus Room, this is a place for children who need a less structured time on Sundays at church. The room offers stations to make art, explore labyrinths, make Lego chalices, design an altar and more. Adult play companions will supervise and facilitate this open space for children to explore with their parent’s consent.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Minister of Religious Education
Contact Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Minister of Religious Education