Please note that we will have children’s religious education only at the 11:00am service through September 9, 2018. All elementary-aged children will start in the sanctuary as usual, and then gather together in Cockrell Hall for fun group activities. Middle and high school youth will meet in the High School room at 11:00 for a TED talk and discussion. Childcare and Spirit Play will be offered at 9:30.
Children gather with their families in the sanctuary for the first part of the worship services at 9:30am and 11:00am. Following the Story for All Ages, they depart for Religious Education activities. Our Director of Lifespan Religious Education is Tamar Wasoian.
9:30 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
During our 9:30am worship service each Sunday, we offer religious education programming for children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade based on the “Spirit Play” curriculum model. This model, based on the Montessori Method, offers stories and Wondering Questions inspired by our Unitarian Universalist theology, identity, and values. Following the story, the children select their response “work” from a variety of choices.
11:00 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Prekindergarten: Spirit Play This curriculum model is based on the Montessori Method. It offers stories and Wondering Questions inspired by our Unitarian Universalist theology, identity, and values. Following the story, the children select their response “work” from a variety of choices.
K-1st Grade Class: “Love Surrounds Us”: concentrates on the communities that are most recognizable to kindergartners and first graders—their Beloved Communities of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community. The Unitarian Universalist Principles are introduced with opening activities and stories. The children’s processing through wonder questions is extremely important to allow them to see and understand the Principles at work in the world.
2nd/3rd Grade Class: “Moral Tales” recognizes that every day our children go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. It strives 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. The stories and activities woven throughout Moral Tales can activate and inform children’s learning about how to make moral choices.
4th/5th Grade Class: “Sing to the Power” affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Participants experience their own power and understand how it can help them to be leaders. Sing to the Power uses a metaphor of the four elements—earth, air, fire, and water—as a framework for exploring different forms of power.
6th/7th/8th Grade Class: “Lodestone” uses the opportunities of Silence, Sunshine, Silliness, and Service to discuss the important subjects of Death, Race, and Money within a Unitarian Universalist framework. Our Youth Director is Gillian Wells.
High School Youth: Our High School Group meets together each Sunday morning during the 11:00am worship service. Activities and discussions are led by the youth and their adult advisers. Our Youth Director is Gillian Wells.
Childcare is provided for our youngest Unitarian Universalists in the Nursery from 9:15am to noon each Sunday. Childcare is also available between the services, during congregational meetings, and for some congregational events.
Registering Your Child
We ask all BAUUC families to register their child(ren) and then reconfirm it each year. The registration form is available in hard copy at the Greeters’ Table outside the sanctuary or online at this link: Registration Form