Children and Youth Programming
Pre-school – Kindergarten
Our Pre-Kindergarten class will follow the curriculum: The Rainbow Connection. Children in this class will have loving support as they are introduced to the ideas behind the Seven Principles and as we focus on the values inherent in each. In an age appropriate way, the Leaders will help these children begin to explore their faith community and the UU Principles. The class will also spend time outside.
Grades 1-3: Signs of Our Faith
Rev. Peter Morales asks us to think about religion as the practice of being faithful to what you love. In order to do this, you must decide what you love and do your best to live that love faithfully every day. Signs of Our Faith guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives do and can exhibit these traits and values, and come to understand that their faith is a living faith whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living faithfully in a complex world.
Grades 4-6: Earth Circles
Earth Circles is an exciting new Environmental Justice curriculum for UU Kids. The goal is for kids to develop both understanding of and caring for the natural world we share with all living creatures. Given that it doesn’t matter what we know if we don’t care, children need to learn through experiences that are meaningful to them. Such experiences promote understanding of their environment and valuing of its connection to their own lives, their community, and worldwide events. Lessons focus on connections between people, other forms of life, and the natural resources that sustain us all, and commitment to maintaining a healthy environment for all of life.
Grades 7, 8: Neighboring Faiths
The living tradition that we Unitarian Universalists share draws from many sources and religious roots. Using the much-valued curriculum “Neighboring Faiths” the class will deepen their understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live – and its great religions. Frequent field trips to area houses of worship are an important part of this curriculum. The youth will learn about a religion and how to visit and participate in the service one week and then the next week they will go on a field trip to experience that religion. It is a wonderful opportunity to find connections and deepen understanding of the varied religions in this world.
Youth Group: 7-12 Graders
Youth group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 11:15-12:30. We bond, discuss spiritual issues, plan services, spend time on community service and social justice, and HAVE FUN!