Religious Education Program
Director of Religious Education, Vicki Merriam - gro.e1501215561lttil1501215561ucf@d1501215561sd1501215561
Religious Education (RE) is offered for children in pre-Kindergarten through grade 8 as well as a Senior High Youth group. The Religious Education program at FCU is a co-operative model with the religious education program facilitated by volunteers from our church community. The quality of the programming offered to the youth of this church is directly dependent on the commitment and participation of the adult members of our church. Parents and non-parenting adults will be asked to volunteer.
COMING TO VISIT
We welcome families to visit and learn more about us. Please arrive at church early (9:45) and ask the greeters to introduce you to the Director of Religious Education (DRE) and/or a member of the Religious Education (RE) Committee who will orient you.
If you decide to have your children participate in our RE program, please fill out our registration form available from the DRE.
Worship In the Sanctuary
Children and youth experience being part of our whole church community by participating in congregational worship in the Sanctuary for the first part of the service every Sunday which begins at 10:00 a.m. Following "Time For All Ages" they and their teachers are "sung out" to join their religious education program.
Multi-generational services of varied themes are held once a month in which children remain in the Sanctuary for the entire service. Children under 4 are cared for in the Nursery during the worship service. Quiet activities can be found in the basket by the entrance.
Programs for Children & Youth - 2016-17
Spirit Play (cycle 1); primary school ages
This program encourages engagement at the child's developmental level and mode of learning. By using stories from many traditions and "wonderings" about the lesson we hope to help the children to begin to "live into their own answers" to the big questions in life through the lens of Unitarian Universalist values and beliefs.
Love Will Guide Us; elementary school ages
In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?" "What happens when one dies?" Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these and more.
Spirit of Adventure; middle school ages
What? No more gold sprayed macaroni crafts? Not in this class! Religious education has been defined by fine motor activities and table crafts. This curriculum adds different kinds of learning, the learning from physical movement and the learning from challenge and adventure. It teaches UU identity without the usual arts and crafts projects and includes activities like dissecting a computer, building cantilevered architecture using graham crackers, interviewing a sports coach, eating smoked oysters, and singing Jingle Bells in “dog” language!
Chapel Sundays; all ages
Service projects, crafts, cooperative games, cooking, decorating our space, special projects and more all with a focus on the theme of the month.
Community Sundays; all ages
On occasional Sundays, we offer games (indoors or out) and other unstructured activities so children and youth can hang out and play together.
Junior Youth Group (JYG) - grades 7 & 8
Our JYG meets twice per month on Sunday mornings during RE class time. Occasionally they get together at other times for fun and for Social Action projects and may join other youth from UU Congregations in the area to share ideas and experiences as well as develop new friendships.
Our Whole Lives (OWL), the award winning UUA sexuality and faith program for 7th and 8th graders is offered every other year. For more information, speak with the DRE.
Senior Youth Group (SYG) - high school
The SYG meets 1st and 3rd Sundays at 10:00 a.m. to share, worship, discuss life issues, participate in social justice projects, and learn how to live and lead using our UU Principles. They also may meet at other times and during spring school vacation participate in a major service project of their choosing.
On the first Sunday of the month they sponsor, prepare and serve a delicious pancake breakfast (begins at 8:30) for all as a fund raiser to support their service projects.