"Each night a child is born is a holy night."
--- Sophia Lyon Fahs (1876-1978), UU religious educator
Summer nursery care is provided for children 5 and under during summer servicesBeginning in September, visitors with children are encouraged to come 10-15 minutes before the 9:30 start of classes so they can meet the Director of Religious Education (DRE), complete a visitor registration form, meet their teachers and see their classrooms.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (CYRE)
With the loving guidance of staff and dedicated volunteers, our growing Children and Youth Religious Education program (CYRE) provides a vibrant and nurturing community that encourages children and youth to grow in curiosity, expression, acceptance and confidence, and to develop personal values and responsibilities as they define their faith identity.
During the academic year, we offer classes for infants through 12th grade, and our curricula explore areas of celebrating self and the world, leadership, Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles, our Judeo-Christian heritage, UU sources and neighboring faiths, comprehensive sexuality education, social justice, and the coming of age journey.
CYRE AT A GLANCE
CYRE classes begin in September, and are held through the academic year. They run most Sundays from 9:30-11:30 am, but there are several Sundays throughout the year where we take a break from our traditional class format to take part in all ages (intergenerational) worship services and special events. To find out more about those dates, please contact the Director of Religious Education (DRE), firstname.lastname@example.org, and watch this website, UUCD’s Facebook page, our monthly newsletter and weekly emails.
Times and dates for the Jr. and Sr. High youth classes vary each year based on programming and scheduling needs. For current year’s details, please see current year’s CYRE brochure, and/or please contact the Director of Religious Education (DRE), email@example.com.
A Typical Sunday:
· Childcare and CYRE classes for our elementary aged participants begin at 9:30. Children may be dropped off in their rooms starting at 9:20.
· A few minutes before 10:30 the elementary aged participants will rejoin their families for the all ages’ portion of worship.
· After the all ages’ portion of the worship service concludes, children are invited to head back to the Religious Education (RE) Wing for Second Hour RE. During this Second Hour RE participants can expect to have snack, continue projects and conversations from their CYRE classes, work on craft and social justice projects, make music, play games, meet and learn more about members from the congregation and greater community, learn more about larger congregational and denominational themes and events, and deepen their connections. Children and youth are also welcome to remain in the worship service with their families.
· Families are asked to promptly pick up their child(ren) from Second Hour RE and childcare at the end of the worship service (approximately 11:.30) so that our teachers and childcare providers can join social hour.
Our classes, with the exception of Our Whole Lives, are always open to visitors and new families. We do require each child be registered to participate in any CYRE program. Families can register through this online form or hard copy form available from the Director of Religious Education.
CYRE PROGRAMMING FOR 2016-17
Childcare (Ages 0-PreK) - While in the nursery, our caring staff and volunteers will help guide children as they focus on learning large and fine motor skills, playing together and sharing through stories, song, crafts and play. The nursery is available to families of infants, toddlers and preschoolers starting at 9:20 am through the end of worship. Parents are welcome to stay in the nursery to help their child feel comfortable, and we encourage families to bring any special items that may ease the transition.
Askers (K – 3rd Grade) & Questioners (4-6th Grade) – This year our lower and upper elementary classes will be exploring the UU source “wisdom from the world’s religions.” While we do not expect young children to grasp the abstract concepts of comparative religious studies, we can help them begin a journey of understanding, acceptance and celebration for the diversity of human expressions of faith. During this year, the Askers and Questioners will be introduced to world religions through stories and encouraged to explore the differences and similarities to their own lives. The stories illustrate concepts such as the value of wisdom and loyalty, the importance of family and the practice of compassion for all living beings, and will introduce the children to Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism in a gentle and respectful way.
Discoverers(7-8th Grade) – For our Jr. High Youth, we offer a rotating biennial program as follows:
- 2016-17 Coming of Age (COA)
This year the Discoverers will be taking the Coming of Age journey. This dynamic rites of passage program helps youth examine and process their religious education experiences, develop a credo (what I set my heart to) of who they are and what they believe and engages youth in the church community, ritual and worship, social service, learning, mentoring and leadership.
The Coming of Age class will be kicking off their journey with an Opening Ceremony and lock-in Saturday, September 17th. Regular classes will meet Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:30. This class is also open to Sr. High Youth that have not previously taken part. If you would like your youth to participate in this program, please contact our Youth Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2017-18 Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive, holistic and secular lifespan sexuality education program for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults (ages 18-35), and adults. The curricula are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education, and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), and the content of each age level of the series embodies these values: self-wort, sexual ealth, esponsibilit, justice and inclusivity.
Currently, UUCD offers the 7-9 grade OWL level opposite of the Coming of Age program. Participants n the 7-9 grade OWL are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to young adolescents, including those typically excluded from sexuality education and health classes. It provides accurate and age appropriate factual information, models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice, and helps adolescents address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality.
UUCD will be offering 7-9 grade OWL during the 2017-18 academic year, and for more information about WL, check-out: http://www.uua.org/re/owl or contact the Director of Religious Education, email@example.com
Wanderers (9-12th Grade) - Each week Wanderers will gather to discuss issues of importance to teens and take part in activities that are designed to help provide deeper connections. This Sr. High Youth Group will have opportunities to develop leadership skills and to engage in the church and the broader communities through worship, social action projects, and service trips. For details and a schedule of Wanderer events please contact the Youth Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.