Elementary (K-5th Grade)
Our elementary classes are divided into groups depending on enrollment numbers. You can assist in our planning by registering your child for our program. The link for the Registration for New Families 2019-2020 can be found here. These groups meet weekly during Religious Education time. In addition there are multiple opportunities through the year for all elementary children to mix it up in different age groups. This fosters cross age friendships and builds mentorship in the older children. Information about getting to and from class can be found here.
Religious Education Curriculum
Elementary classes will use a thematic approach that ties to our worship theme for 2019-20, inspired by the Studio Learning, Workshop Rotation and Multiple Intelligences models used in UU Religious Education. (Read about these models at http://www.uua.org/theme/help/re-model-descriptions.) Each week children gather for the theme introduction through story-telling, then choose an activity to engage them in deeper understanding or exploration of the topic. Each lesson is rooted in our UU principles and sources.
Our overall theme for this year is “Our 7 Principles.” Within that overarching theme we will explore how to live into our potential as Unitarian Universalists, both within our church community and the world at large. Using a lens personal experience and stories from others, we will focus on better understanding our own relationship to the principles and ways to apply them in our lives.
Social Action Learning
Engaging in Social Action is an important part of our faith formation. We strive to foster awareness of injustice and instill the courage and resilience in our children to stand up for justice in their lives. Most months a Social Action project or activity will be built into the thematic program. Occasionally these may be larger learning opportunities for all ages, based on worship and actions the congregation is taking.
How do I make church a habit?
We encourage consistent attendance and parental involvement, which demonstrate to your children that their spiritual development within a sustaining community is an important part of their faith development. Family discussion and practice of the theme is helpful in bringing the message of Unitarian Universalism into your daily life. Check back monthly for posts with ways to take the theme home!