Religious Education Classes
Spirit Play (for Pre-K to 1st Grade) Children explore our Unitarian Universalist values and principles through Montessori-based storytelling and opportunities for extension activities. Stories are shared using manipulatives which are then kept on the shelf for exploration. These stories are from many different faith traditions as well as our Unitarian Universalist traditions and are followed by questions allowing children to wonder. (In the Spirit Play Room).
Explorers Class (for children 2nd – 5th grade) This class will be using a combination of curriculums to provide diversity in the learning styles and content that children of this age crave. We will explore Unitarian Universalist Principles, Sources and traditions using LEGO Sources, CARTUUNS, Keepers of the Earth/Animals, and Becoming Principled. Discussions and extensions activities will help deepen the connection they have for our faith. (Room 10, upstairs)
Youth (9th-12th grade) and Middle School (6th-8th grade) This curriculum supports youth as they leave childhood and move toward finding their own UU identity. (In the Teen Room, upstairs)
Children Start In Worship – 10:30 a.m. Children will begin the worship hour in the sanctuary with their parents. They will be invited to the front of the sanctuary for the week’s Time for All Ages, usually told by Rev. Sarah. Following the story, children aged Pre-K to high school will go to religious education classes.
Worship Activity Bags/Binders: Should your family choose to keep children in the sanctuary during the service, activity bags are provided for children (or adults, for that matter!) who need something to do with their hands during the service. Please help your child put the materials back into the bag and leave the bags in the lime green fabric boxes at the back of the sanctuary so they can be reused week to week.
Family Room: Across the hall from the kitchen is the Family Room. Parents who wish to take their infants or young children out of the service for any reason may go into the family room to continue to see and hear the service while tending to their child’s needs.
For Our Youngest Friends:
- Childcare: NUUC childcare is available for children 2-3 years of age. The nursery is staffed by childcare workers every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Wee Worship: We have a “Wee Worship” area with floor blankets and toys for our youngest congregants in the Sanctuary.