About Religious Education

ChaliceLighterOur Religious Education (RE) classes, worship, and extracurricular events are developed by Sara Cloe, our Director of Religious Education (DRE), in consultation with the RE Administrative Assistant and the RE Support Team.

We use curricula published by the Unitarian Universalist Association's Tapestry of Faith and religious educators throughout the denomination. Common curricula themes are Unitarian Universalism, World Religions, and our interpersonal values and communication skills. Our classes, worship, and extracurricular events are designed to support parents in their role as the primary religious educators of their children.

Religious Education (RE) classes for preschoolers through middle school run concurrently with the 11:15 Sunday service. There is no charge for children's RE, except occasionally a materials or event fee. Youth programs charge an annual activity fee, which covers the cost of off-site activities.

During the school year our church has two worship services on Sunday, at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. On most Sundays, children spend the first 15 minutes in the sanctuary experiencing parts of the worship service with their families. They then go to their age-related group meetings in the Religious Education Building next door. Starting in 7th grade, youth do not join their family for the beginning of worship in the sanctuary, but start directly in their RE classroom.

  • During the early service nursery care for infants and toddlers (ages 0-2) is available. Children age 3-5 years may attend and will be introduced to Spirit Play at this service time. Parents should take their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers directly to the nursery in the main building. A greeter or family greeter will be able to help new families to find their way.

  • At the 11:15 service we offer a full range of programs for infants through 12th grade.

During the summer one service is offered at 10:00 a.m., when we offer a multi-age program for four- to twelve-year-olds.

Nursery care is available year round at all services.

Multigenerational worship is offered at least once a year.

Promoting Leadership: Under the guidance of RE Staff, children and youth in the RE program lead two or three services a year.

See RE Curricula for information about specific programs for children and youth. Curricula are chosen from both Unitarian Universalist Association offerings and those developed by individual UU congregations around the country. Our primary purposes are to practice UU values in age-appropriate ways while learning more about our faith.

 

Visitors: Children and youth are always welcome to visit our religious education classes. Parents are asked to register children who will be attending classes on a regular basis.

Questions? E-mail or call the RE Office, 360-696-2031.