Religious Education Program
Director of Religious Education, Vicki Merriam - gro.e1527204516lttil1527204516ucf@d1527204516sd1527204516
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 AND YOUTH 2017-18
Sundays @ 10:A.M. beginning September 18, 2017
Spirit Play - 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 UU values and beliefs.
Goals of Spirit Play:
- Present source stories of our faith and its theology.
- Help children to make meaning through wondering and art.
- Create a spiritual community of children.
- Support multiple learning styles and challenges.
Workshop Rotation Program - elementary and middle school
The theme will be introduced each Sunday during the Time for All Ages at the worship service using stories from diverse cultural and religious sources. The children will then gather for exploration of the theme in activity groups.
The themes for this year are:
- “Creation” – begins on September 24: An exploration of Creation stories and activities focusing on world religions, UU Sources, our 7th UU Principle and creativity/arts.
- “Season of Light” – December: Stories of hope from world religions.
- “How Do We Know?” – begins February 4: As UUs, we use many sources to form our ethics and values which help us decide how to act. We will include social action projects in this session.
Coming of Age - 8th grade and up
This is our program for youth who are preparing to be welcomed into the adult congregation and senior youth group. With the support of their mentors, participants will develop their own credos. Areas of study include: UU heritage and theology, personal beliefs, worship, and social responsibility. This year the group will participate in a regional youth group to explore “Neighboring Faiths” together. The program culminates in the spring with a Ceremony.
Chapel Sundays - all ages
monthly beginning September 17
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.
Senior Youth Group (SYG)
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.