RE For Kids
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 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).
- Our program is all volunteer, so please sign up to help. If two volunteers aren’t available, a parent may be asked to stay and assist.
The UU Explorers meet in the Martin House every Sunday at 10:45 a.m. (except Family Services when the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service and then go to their RE class.)
As religious liberals, UUs do not consider the Bible literally true but still find universal human themes in many of its stories. Other stories can be challenging for UUs. Timeless Themes includes background information from modern Biblical scholarship and discussion questions to guide our children’s understanding of the ways human ideas —about God, authority, patriarchy, violence, and science for example— have changed in the 2,000 -3,000 years since the Bible was written. Children will also be encouraged to think about how these stories support or contradict UU principles.
Jan. 1: Sampson and Delilah
Jan. 8: Walls came tumbling (rescheduled from earlier date)
Jan. 15: David and Goliath (rescheduled to May)
Jan. 22: Wise King Solomon
Jan. 29: Jonah and the large fish
Feb. 5*: Job
Feb. 12: The Religion of Ruth
Feb. 19: Flight to Egypt
Feb. 26: Fiery furnace and roar of the lions
March 5*: John the Baptist
March 12: Temptations of Jesus
March 19: Jesus and the Temple
March 26: Jesus and the Law
April 2*: It’s a Miracle
April 9: The Healing Power
April 16: Mary and Martha
April 23: Earth Day Celebration
April 30: Teachings of Jesus
May 7*: Crucifixion of Jesus
May 14: Mary Magdalene
May 21: David and Goliath (rescheduled from January)
May 28: The Good Samaritan
Summer Curriculum: Honoring Our Mother Earth: Experiences in Native American Spirituality
June 4: The Circle of Life
June 11: O Great Spirit
June 18: In the Beginning
June 25: All Things Are Connected
*Family Service: on the first Sunday of every month, the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service and then go to their RE class.
Previous UU Explorers Lessons for 2016-17
Sept. 11 – Introduction to Timeless Themes
Sept. 18 – Adam and Eve
Sept. 25 – Cain and Abel
Oct. 2 — Noah (family service*)
Oct. 9 – The Tower of Babel
Oct. 16 – No children in class so lesson rescheduled to Dec. 18
Oct. 23 – Abraham and Isaac
Oct. 30 – Jacob and Esau
Nov. 6*: Joseph and his brothers
Nov. 13: Joseph and the dreams
Nov. 20: Moses in the bulrushes
Nov. 27: Moses and the burning bush
Dec. 4*: Let my people go
Dec. 11: The ten commandments
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.
- meet every other Sunday Jan. 1, Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, April 23 at 10:45 a.m. in the Martin House
This fall, the teens will be exploring and developing positive character traits through the UUA curriculum, Virtue Ethics: An Ethical Development Program for High School Youth.
Jan. 1: Compassion, part 1
Jan. 15: 12 Angry Men, pt. 1
Jan. 29: 12 Angry Men, pt. 2
Feb. 12: Compassion, part 1
Feb. 26: Generosity
March 12: Courage
March 26: Forgiveness
April 9: Summary of Virtues
April 23: Earth Day Celebration
May 7: Earth Day Celebration
May 21: Loyalty
June 4: Summary of Virtues (rescheduled from earlier date)
June 18: Planning and Party
***No Teen Group sessions in July and August
Previous Youth Group topics:
Nov. 6: Fairness Nov. 20: Responsibility Dec. 4: Compassion Dec. 18: Humility
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. Many of those services (described on page 3) could be interesting for UU teens.
Our Whole Lives for UU Youth
Beginning Sept. 25, the senior high segment of Our Whole Lives (OWL) — a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula — will be offered on Sunday afternoons to those teens who enrolled in August and whose parents attended the required orientation meeting.
Robin Chute and Karen Poston, who are trained OWL facilitators, will be leading the program again. For more information, contact Karen and Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the UUA website at http://www.uua.org/re/owl
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.
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, WAYZ104.7
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.