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:

  1. We believe that each and every person is important.
  2. We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
  3. We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
  4. We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
  5. We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
  6. We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
  7. 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 Robin Chute at  RE@uuhagerstownmd.org

 

Childcare for infants and pre-schoolers

  • is available every Sunday in the Martin House from 10:30 a.m. until noon (or the end of the worship 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).


For the first half of this church year, the Explorers are using the Toolbox of Faith curriculum.
Each of the 16 sessions 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. These important attributes are symbolized by real tools, such as a mirror for reflection.

            Sept. 10 – Faith (toolbox & ruler)

            Sept. 17 – Questioning (magnifying glass)

            Sept. 24 – Integrity (compass)

            Oct. 1*  — Flexibility (duct tape) 

            Oct. 8   — Reflection (mirror) 

            Oct. 15 — Expression (paintbrush)

            Oct. 22 — Democratic Process (chalk) 

            Oct. 29 — Power (hammer) ).

Nov. 5* – Spirit of Life

            Nov. 12 – Courage & Conviction

            Nov. 19 – Listening

            Nov. 26  — Humor

            Dec. 3* — Love

            Dec. 10 — Justice

            Dec. 17—  Atonement

            Dec. 24  —  NO RE CLASS in the morning

             Intergenerational Christmas Eve Service  7 p.m. 

            Dec. 31 —  Resiliency

* 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.

 

 

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

UU Youth meet Nov. 12, Nov. 26, Dec. 10 
in the Martin House every other Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

This year, the UU Youth are using the Building Bridges curriculum, a world religions program. The goal of Building Bridges is to deepen participants’ understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search, while nurturing open-mindedness and critical inquiry.

 

 

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*

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.

* to join the UUCH Updates list, contact Tara Petite (tara@petite.net)  If you receive a weekly email about upcoming Sunday services, you are already on the UUCH Updates list.