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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:
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.
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:
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.
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 iCSD or Rev. Scott about your child's special needs.