Our children our the future of our liberal faith and values. We emphasize and encourage curiousity in a safe learning atmosphere, where warmth, love, acceptance and joy can be found. Please note that Children's RE is offered during the 10:30 AM Sunday service only.
Curricula for 2016/2017 Program Year:
Spirit Play Room (formerly Nursery, birth through age 3 or so)
Curriculum: Spirit Play (adapted)
Spirit Play Room teachers are Susan Lyon, Carol Jean Larsen, and team lead--Marnie Piehl.
Chalice Children (preschool through elementary)
Curriculum: Chalice Children
Chalice Children teachers are Pat Congrad, Liz Loos, and team lead--Angela Harmon.
Deep Mystery (upper elementary, middle school, and high school)
Curriculum: Riddle and Mystery
Deep Mystery teachers are Monte Faul, Angela Pittman, and team lead--Paul Markel.
UU Youth Social Justice Project
Team lead--Wayde Schafer
Our Children’s RE curricula is from Tapestry of Faith. It is designed to nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.
Spirit Play Room (Nursery): Our Spirit Play Room is supervised and offers a loving, nurturing environment for those children three or so and younger.
In our classrooms, we use the UUA developed curriculum, Tapestry of Faith. Tapestry of Faith is a series of programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love. These resources are being developed out of a broad series of conversations that articulated a future direction for Unitarian Universalist religious growth and learning and denomination-wide focus groups which helped shape a program that would offer a variety of resources—downloadable, printed, viewable, interactive, and more—a religious growth and learning program for the twenty-first century.
Religious education for children in pre-school or older is offered September through May. We encourage all children to join the congregation for the start of the service. After opening words, our chalice lighting, a song and a story for all ages, the children are sung out to their classrooms by the congregation.
There are no children's programs during the summer months. Our staff and volunteers take a much-needed break and begin preparations for the next regular service year.