Welcome to AUUC’s Children’s Spiritual Development Program!

Our cooperative religious education (RE) program is a key way we minister to the children, youth, and adults in our community. Our programs include nursery care, religious education classes for children through 8th grade, youth group for high school students, and various multigenerational spiritual development activities throughout the year.

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In our Children’s Spiritual Development Program, we aim to create safe and inclusive environments, through which we seek to help children and youth of all developmental stages and abilities:

  1. Know that each person is important, worthy of love and care.
  2. Affirm that they are part of a Unitarian Universalist religious heritage and intergenerational community of faith.
  3. Participate in our evolving search for truth.
  4. Develop skills for mutually caring relationships.
  5. Encourage a sense of responsibility toward others and the environment.
  6. Develop a personal spiritual practice that celebrates their faith and helps to live out their values in everyday life.
  7. Experience reverence for and connection to that which is larger than the self.

 

Children’s Religious Education Classes for 2013 - 2014

Nursery - infants and toddlers

We offer a comfortable space for young children, newborn to approximately 3 years old. Each Sunday, the nursery is staffed with two volunteer hosts who welcome families and provide childcare. During all-age worship services, restless preschoolers may also attend the nursery.

Treasure Hunting - PreK & K

Using the concrete theme of treasure hunting children explore the exciting search for the meaning of life. Through games, crafts, songs and stories, the class looks at issues that children face daily, explores the meaning of Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and emphasizes an accepting and caring community.

Moral Tales - 1st & 2nd Grade

Every day our children go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. Moral Tales attempts to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.  Each session has a central story in which participants meet real and fictional heroes and heroines who have displayed moral courage and spiritual greatness. They will hear about characters who have struggled, but who have chosen justice, goodness, and love.

Love Connects Us - 3rd through 5th Grade

Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another's search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.

The New You, The Creator – 6th through 8th grades

With the goal of creative empowerment young adolescents are encouraged to discover themselves as creative forces in our world.  This class focuses on exploring, experiencing, expanding, and expressing positive creative energies.  Each Sunday participants will explore the creative side of themselves and how that creativity is connected to our UU values.

UUth Group - 9th through 12th grades

In Youth Group, teenagers bring their faith into action through worship, community building activities, social action projects, learning, and leadership experiences. Youth work with adult advisors to plan and lead events and meetings. Group activities come in all shapes and sizes — discussions, service projects, worship services, social gatherings, weekend conferences, and fundraisers. The group meets certain Sundays during the worship service and one Saturday evening per month.


Sunday Mornings at a Glance

What can you expect on a typical Sunday morning at AUUC? 

  • 9:45 Guests, friends, & members arrive. Visitors sign in and are welcomed at entrance. New families are encouraged to stop downstairs and meet the teachers and Coordinator of Spiritual Development. (Let teachers know of any allergies or other conditions that would affect your child’s participation in class.)
  • 10:00 Worship begins, with families in the sanctuary. Children participate through the Time for All Ages.
  • 10:15 Children leave the sanctuary with teachers for class. Parents are welcome to accompany children.
  • 11:15 Worship and classes end. Children in 6th grade and above will be dismissed; parents must pick up younger children from class. Join social hour upstairs.

Several times throughout the year, we hold All-Ages services. On these special Sundays, the children stay upstairs with their families for the entire time. The service tends to incorporate more music, movement, and storytelling at a level accessible to children of all ages.  Families are encouraged to allow their children to experience the entire service as another path to spiritual growth and community building. The nursery will be open for infants and particularly restless youngsters.


Our Covenant

The promises we make about how we will treat each other and what we will do to create a safe and sacred space is called a covenant. This is our covenant:

  • We respect everyone with our words and actions.
  • We are kind and work together to be fair to everyone.
  • We encourage one another to grow in spiritual ways.
  • We support each person's search for what is right and true in life.
  • We listen to our inner voice and to the hopes and concerns of others.
  • We work together to make our world peaceful, free, and fair.
  • We care for the Earth, its creatures, and our surroundings.


Families are asked to agree to this covenant before registering for the RE program. We all make mistakes at times or fail to live up to the promises we have made to one another. At those times, we will lovingly remind each other of our better selves.  When children or youth break covenant:

First: a responsible adult immediately offers a quiet reminder that the behavior is out of bounds.

If behavior continues: the adult and child/youth hold a private conversation.

If needed: the child/youth has a private conversation with the Interim Coordinator of Spiritual Development (iCSD) who will be in touch with the parents.

After a family conversation: the parents contact the iCSD to indicate the child/youth understands the behavior was unacceptable and agrees to work harder to keep the covenant.

In the case of repeated difficulties: a parent/guardian may be asked to supervise the child/youth for an agreed upon time or the child/youth may be asked to take a break from Religious Education programs.

 

Register Your Child for RE Class

Visitors and newcomers are welcome to participate in our Children’s Religious Education Classes. After two visits, we ask that you complete a registration form.  The registration form is found here, or ask a teacher or church staff for a copy. Return it to the church office or your teacher.

When the weather is nice, trips outside to the garden, grounds, and playgrounds are likely. Snacks are often served. Please be sure to let teachers know of any allergies or other conditions that might affect your child’s participation in class.

Children benefit the most when they attend religious education classes regularly. Their church experience deepens when they feel a part of a special group and build strong relationships. Parents can support their children’s participation by encouraging regular attendance and talking about their church experiences at home.

Special Needs

We welcome all children, youth and adults at AUUC. Our Seven Principles value each person’s inherent worth and call on us to support one another on our spiritual journeys. Many of the curricula have suggestions for how to adapt activities for a diversity of abilities and learning styles. Each individual has different needs, and by planning accommodations together, we hope to provide a successful learning experience for all. Please do not hesitate to speak with the iCSD or Rev. Scott about your child's special needs.


For More Information

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Children’s Spiritual Development Program, please contact:
  • Interim Coordinator of Spiritual Development (iCSD), Courtney Irwin, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Children’s Spiritual Development Committee Chair, Kristina Watts, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Volunteer

The programs we offer are a truly collaborative effort. They have grown out of the hopes and hard work of the members and friends of this faith community. The Children’s Spiritual Development Committee leads an extensive ministry that is staffed by many volunteers from the congregation, including those both with and without children currently in the program. If you would like to join a teaching team, assist in a classroom, or help the program in another way, please contact   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

1 Children & Youth Registration 2013-14
2 2012 / 2013 RE Registration
3 AUUC Relational Covenant