UU RE Faith Formation Groups Pre-k to 8th grade
This year’s Religious Education theme is the “Our UU Family”
Pre K to 8th UU REFF Groups
Sunday Morning… 9:50am to 11:00am
We strongly encourage regular attendance in our Sunday morning program. We realize that there are occasions when families are unable to attend, but please attend as consistently as possible. Our children and youth feel greater ease, participate more readily and can build deeper community when they attend regularly. Community Building is one of the foundational stones of our religion and an important part of our Unitarian Universalist Identity.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
This program is offered to ages 3 to 6. We recommend that children begin here if they are 3 years old in September, and toilet trained. Otherwise, they are welcome to visit the nursery. They will meet in the “Early Beginners Room” upstairs every Sunday.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will meet together and enjoy activities reinforcing church is a wonderful and safe place to be. Children will play and learn through ritual, songs, stories, games and activities. In this room, there is emphasis on routine to create a familiar place to learn and be together at church. Resources for them will primarily come from “Friendship Finders,” written by Roberta Altamari and the UUA
Tapestry of Faith Chalice Children:“Early childhood is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Their time in Chalice Children can set a pattern for the rest of their lives and bring lasting benefits” -UUA-Tapestry of Faith
UU Faith Formation Groups: 1st through 8th
All of the groups will provide familiar surrounding promoting security, stability and creating an environment more conducive to their Faith Formation. It also creates an atmosphere of camaraderie that will hopefully develop into long lasting UU friendships. 1st through 8th will go to the sanctuary to experience the chalice lighting in community.They meet at 9:50am in regular rooms to go as a group to start at 10 am in Sanctuary.
Groups will have the same leaders every time they meet. The leaders are committed to being present, To provide an environment that promotes the creation of our youths Unitarian Universalist identity through their ethical, spiritual UU Religious Faith Formation by promoting their confidence, and knowing that they are worthy and beloved members of our church community and beyond.
The agenda will include ethical and spiritual components. Including worship time, reflective times and UU activities that are age appropriate. We will also provide a snack. Resources for groups are mainly from the UUA and especially from the UUA Tapestry of Faith program: http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children
UU Faith Formation Group Days Start:
Pre-K to K, Early Beginers Room; 1st and 2nd Rainbow Room; 3rd & 4th Blue Room;
Downstairs: 5th & 6th in Alliance Parlor; 7th & 8th Chapel
Pre-K through 2nd Groups
Our primary grades provide our youth a solid grounding in Unitarian Universalist.
4th through 5th grade UU RE Faith Formation Group: “Blue Room”
This group will develop a further understanding of Unitarian Universalism through History and comparing and contrasting it by exploring diverse worldview perspectives.
6th through 8th grade UU RE Faith Formation Group: Alliance Parlor or Chapel
This group will engage in a variety of activities continuing to build on their UU knowledge and reinforcing what they know through drama, crafts, cooking, games, video, service projects, and ritual. For these grades we will be incorporating special events like field trips and in-house social action projects and earth friendly environmental projects with a focus on community.
Please note: Allergies are a shared responsibility.
Parents with children with allergies, please make sure children make others aware of their allergies.