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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.On this page, you’ll find:
Children’s Religious Education Classes for 2015 - 2016
NURSERY (newborn to age 3)
We offer a comfortable space for our youngest children to become familiar with our church home. Each week, our Sunday morning nursery is staffed with two volunteers from our community to help provide care for infants and young toddlers and to familiarize parents with the nursery area. Parents are welcome to remain with their infants in the Nursery.
PRESCHOOL (ages 3 to 5) - "Chalice Children, 2nd Edition"
"Chalice Children, 2nd Edition" Teaches about our faith, and provides experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share.
YOUNG ELEMENTARY (Kindergarten to 2nd grade) - "Stories About God"
"Stories About God" Provides a variety of experiences with the ultimate reality, values, and mystery which underlie all dimensions of life: that which some call 'God.' Exposes children to a variety of stories about God from many sources, helps children develop a language to speak of God and provides a venue for children to express their own thoughts and feelings about God. Special attention will be paid to ensure inclusion of Atheist and Agnostic perspectives.
OLDER ELEMENTARY (3rd to 5th grade) - "Sing to the Power" & "Toolbox of Faith" (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016)
"Sing to the Power" (Fall 2015): Confronts "powers and structures of evil, with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love. Participants experience their own power, and learn to understand how it can help them to be leaders.
JUNIOR UUth (6th to 8th grade) - “Coming of Age"
"Coming of Age" Assists youth in examining their role in their own faith formation. Covers spiritual practices, social justice, theology, and community building. Includes small group ministry program for parents and caregivers. New this year, AUUC is offering this program at the junior youth level.
UUth (9th to 12th grade) - “Coming of Age""Coming of Age" Assists youth in examining their role in their own faith formation. Covers spiritual practices, social justice, theology, and community building. Includes small group ministry program for parents and caregivers.
What can you expect on a typical Sunday morning at AUUC?
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.
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 enrolling in 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. It is important to remember that behind any behavior, there is a need that is not being met. It is best to start from a place of inquiry with a child before turning to discipline.
The teacher or classroom assistant quietly asks the child/youth what is going on for them to try to understand the unmet need. The adult might make modifications to attempt to meet the child's need (i.e. give them a sense ball for tangible stimulation, or crayons to color so they can listen better).
If this does not help, the adult immediately offers a quiet reminder that the behavior is out of bounds.
If the behavior continues, the adult and child/youth hold a private conversation.
If needed, the child/youth has a private conversation with the Director of Spiritual Development (DSD), who will be in touch with the parents.
After a family conversation , the parents contact the DSD 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.
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.
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 DSD or Rev. Scott about your child's special needs.
Please read our Family Manual for complete information about our program, events, and schedule.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the Children’s Spiritual Development Program, please contact:
NURSERY (newborn to age 3)