RE For Kids
For over 60 years, UUCH offered childcare and religious education every Sunday but now, because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are currently no religious education classes for our children and youth. We expect to resume when we can safely meet in person.
If this is your first visit to our website, read through the Previous Curricula section below to learn more about the content of our UU religious education during normal times.
And check back occasionally as we are continuing our efforts to provide an alternative RE program that will work well for our families until we can reopen in person activities.
For details about other UUCH activities that are meeting on line, visit the COVID-19 Page.
Religious Education for Children
Unitarian Universalists have many ways of articulating our seven Principles in simpler language. Here’s the way our Tapestry of Faith children’s programs describe them:
- We believe that each and every person is important.
- We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
- We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
- We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
- We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
- We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
- We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
Programs at UUCH
Where & When: Our regular religious education (RE) classes begin in September and continue every Sunday morning, 10:45 a.m. to noon, through June. Less formal activities for younger children are offered in July and August. The classrooms and the nursery are in the Martin House, the brick house next to our sanctuary.
In addition to childcare for infants and pre-school children, our church currently offers religious education for younger school age children (UU Explorers class) and for UU Youth.
Our children’s programs are free and open to all. We do ask that you register your children so we have contact and health information. If your child hasn’t attended previously, please arrive early (10:30 a.m. if possible) to talk with the teacher and complete the registration form.
For more information, contact Religious Education Chair at RE@uuhagerstownmd.org
Childcare for infants and pre-schoolers
- is available every Sunday in the Martin House from 10:30 a.m. to noon (or the end of the adult service).
UU Explorers (grades 1 – 6)
The UU Explorers meet in the Martin House every Sunday at 10:45 a.m. (except for the first Sunday of each month when the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service and then go to their RE class).
UU Explorers (grades 1 – 6) Sundays at 10:45 a.m.
The new RE curriculum Amazing Grace helps students understand right and wrong and act on their understanding. Its goal is to equip our RE children to move safely and productively through their school years, when they will be continually tugged toward both ends of the ethics continuum.
March 1:* Being Good, Being Bad
March 8: Telling right from wrong
March 15: Unitarian Universalism
March 22: The first U
March 29: The second U
April 5:** Earth Day in sanctuary with adults
April 12: UUs in Action
April 19: Passover
April 26: Spirituality and Me
* On Family Sundays, the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service and then go to their RE class.
** Intergenerational Service for everyone school age and older. Nursery will be open for pre-school children.
In our RE classes, children learn about and experience many different ways to be spiritual and to put their values into action in their lives and their communities, preparing them to live in a diverse world.
in 2019-20, the Explorers used the Windows and Mirrors curriculu. The title is from a quote by Lucille Clifton, “Mirrors in which they can see themselves, windows in which they can see the world.” Children learn to identify their own experiences and learn to care about and respect the experiences of others.
in 2018-19, the Explorers used a video program called Character Counts, and two UU curricula: Spirit of Adventure which explores UU identity through broad areas of sports, food, science, building, and holidays and World of Wonder, built around our Seventh Principle, respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
in 2017-18, the Explorers used three UU curricula about Unitarian Universalism: 1. Toolbox of Faith reflects on a quality of our UU faith, including integrity, courage, and love, as a “tool” the participants can use for living and building their own faith. 2. Sing to the Power affirms our UU heritage of confronting “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love.” 3. Love Connects Us celebrates ways UUs live our faith in community.
In 2016-17, the Explorers were introduced to our Judeo-Christian heritage through the Timeless Themes curriculum which included lessons on Bible stories including Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, the tower of Babel, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Moses, the plagues of Egypt, the ten commandments, Daniel in the lions’ den, and the teachings of Jesus.
As religious liberals, UUs do not consider the Bible literally true but still find universal human themes in many of its stories. Goals for the course were basic cultural literacy (such as Biblical references in literature, art, music, films and common expressions); an introduction to Judaism and Christianity and their sacred books, which influence most of the people our children interact with now and as adults; and exploration of our UU values
In 2015-16, the children were introduced to World Religions through the Holidays and Holy Days curriculum which included lessons on Chinese New Year; Powamu, the Hopi Bean Planting Festival; ;Mardi Gras; Nu Ruz (Iranain); Buddha’s Birthday; Passover; Japanese Children’s Day; African Religions; Shavuot (Jewish); Summer Solstice (Pagan); Easter; Ramadan; Christmas; Divali (Hindu); St. Lucia’s Day.
UU Youth is currently on hiatus.
Meetings will resume when there’s sufficient interest.
In 2016-17, the UU teens explored positive character traits through the UUA curriculum, Virtue Ethics, which included activities and discussion of fairness, responsibility, compassion, humility, generosity, courage, loyalty, and forgiveness.
On Sundays when the UU Youth group does not meet, they have the option of assisting the Explorers group or attending the adult worship service.
Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a sexuality education program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association.
OWL is a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities. Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. OWL helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior.
Courses with age-appropriate content are available for elementary students, middle school, high school and adults. Owl facilitators must attend intensive training programs before teaching any course. Our church currently has four trained Owl facilitators.
Because discussion is important in OWL courses, a class needs a minimum number of participants. In the past, UUCH has offered two OWL courses —for middle and high school-ages — and will provide additional OWL classes when there is sufficient interest.
For more information, visit the UUA website at http://www.uua.org/re/owl
During the winter months, UUCH Sunday services and activities may be cancelled because of inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.
Please check that UUCH events have not been cancelled before you drive to an activity.
For Sunday services and other activities at the church, the board will make a decision about canceling as early as possible and inform people through
- email to UUCH UPDATES list*
- website: www.uuhagerstownmd.org
- area radio stations: MIX95.1, BigDawg95.9 and WAYZ 104.7.
- Note: we send cancellation information to these radio stations but can not guarantee that the information will be broadcast. The church website and the UUCH Updates emails are more reliable sources of cancellation information.
For non-Sunday church activities, the group’s leader will decide and contact regular attendees directly and when possible, also use the methods above. Please be sure that the membership chair and the leaders of any activities you attend regularly (women’s group, etc.) have the phone number and email address you use most.