Welcome families!

Welcome to Northwoods! We’re glad your family is here. We hope this community will be a place of growth and learning for your whole family.

About Our Classes:

Our Religious Education classes and meetings teach our Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and promote understanding of world religions.

(2-3 yrs of age)
Our youngest class uses ” Celebrating Me and My World” as their curriculum guide. Opportunities are given to listen to simple stories, participate in age-appropriate activities, and to “play church”. Themes include Special Me, My World, and Other People. Play is the primary focus since this is how young children learn.

(PK-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.

(2nd-4th grade)
This class will be using a combination of curriculums to provide instructional diversity. Themes for the year:

  • “Growing Anti-Racist UUs” will focus on the 4 goals of anti-bias education from Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards.
  • “Spirituality For Kids” will stress spiritual social emotional learning, managing emotions, and compassion.
  • In “Love Will Guide Us” we will learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources.

(5th-7th grade)
Our young teens will be involved in our “Coming of Age” Program. Coming of Age programs happen in all UU congregations. It is one of our faith’s most important rites of passage. The purpose is to help youth deepen their faith, identify their guiding values and articulate their unique spiritual beliefs. Those who are 14 at the end of the class will have the opportunity to officially become members of Northwoods or they may join after their 14th birthday the following year.

(8th-12th grade)
Our high school youth will also be engaging with 3 different curricula. An abbreviated “Coming of Age” program, “Games to Build Community”, and “Facing History and Ourselves”.

Options for families with younger children.

We have a “Wee Worship” area with books, puzzles, and toys for our youngest congregants in the Sanctuary.

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.

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.

Should your family choose to keep children in the sanctuary during the service, activity folders 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 folder and return the folder at the end of service.

8 Principles of Unitarian Universalism

The foundation of our religious education programming.

1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.

2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.

3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.

4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.

5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.

6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.

7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.

8th Principle: Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.