The purpose of the Religious Education program is to empower and enable children and youth as they set out to discover their own truth and understanding of the world.
Children from pre-kindergarten - 12th grade attend the first part of the morning worship service, every Sunday at 10:30. They are sung out to their classes with their teachers with the song "Go Now in Peace" (Sleeth). At the end of service parents/guardians are asked to pick up their children from their classrooms.
We have a vibrant program for children from Kindergarten through high school. Our classes meet during Worship Service and are staffed with volunteer teachers who seek to help each child in their own search for truth and meaning. All children begin their Sunday morning in our Worship Service with the adults where they are sung out of the service and directed to their individual classrooms.
Our curriculum offerings are based on the principles of Unitarian Universalism which in children’s language are:
Nursery Care is provided for children 4 years old and younger. Our nursery is staffed with a skilled attendant who will care for your young ones 4 years and under during our service. We also have a “wiggle room” located in the back of the sanctuary for parents are who are not quite ready to part with their young ones. This space is provided to meet your needs for a relaxed worship service with your baby or toddler. With room and toys for several families, this room streams in audio from the service while allowing you a visual through its large windows.
Our Children’s Religious Education Program facilitates ethical and spiritual development in the lives of our youth. Through our liberal religious education, they are empowered to become free-thinking individuals who know & respect themselves and others, who contribute to their communities, and who make informed decisions regarding their spiritual paths.
We seek to:
Guide and support children and youth in the development and expression of their personal faith
Develop participants’ abilities to act with integrity, responsibility, equity, and love
Religious Education Curriculum
UUCFM provides religious education classes for children and youth each Sunday morning. Classes are divided by school grade level or homeschool equivalent. Our classes are: K-1st grade, 2nd –5th grade, 6th grade and up.
The curriculum for each of these age groups is supported by five “pillars” of religious education—UU identity, Judeo-Christian heritage, other world religions, social justice, and life issues—in an effort to teach all students the value of discovery and discernment of one’s own truth while respecting and understanding other truths in the world.
On the first Sunday of every month, children in grades 5 and lower participate in Children’s Chapel. They engage in in games, activities, and crafts as an introduction to each month’s theme.
The Challenge of Affirmation Program (TCAP)
Transitioning from childhood to adulthood is a moment in life as worthy of spiritual recognition as birth, partnering, and death. To help guide youth embarking on this transition and encourage them to connect with their church congregation more meaningfully, we offer a Coming of Age program for students in junior high (age 12—14). Called The Challenge of Affirmation Program (TCAP), it is an opportunity for church youth to explore their own truth and faith more deeply, take on responsibilities within the congregation, and navigate their own path to adulthood as a Unitarian Universalist. TCAP is a completely voluntary course that RE students are invited to participate in when they are of eligible age.
We have child care available for infants and toddlers on Sundays from 9:00-1:00 and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30p. Special events may also provide child care. Our silent pager system allows us to contact parents if their child is having difficulty in the Nursery. We also have a Wiggle Room; a soundproof room located at the back of the Sanctuary that allows parents to enjoy the worship service while tending to their young children.
OWL: Our Whole Lives
This is a special curriculum offered outside of our regular Sunday morning programming. Classes are planned every 1-2 years. Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults (ages 18-35), and adults.
Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
Creating a Safe Place
It is important that together we do all we can to assure our children’s safety. We take several precautions toward that end. They include:
We also ask for help in promoting safety. Please be sure to read the Behavioral Guidelines for Children and help your children to abide by these guidelines.
Be a Teacher
It’s a profound contribution to the UUCFM community. Volunteer teachers are our greatest need. Please consider making teaching your first choice for volunteer possibilities.
Teaching has many benefits:
Classroom Support Coordinator
Assist with making sure teachers have the sopplies and support they need for the day’s class activities.
RE Table Greeter
Assist the staff by signing in visitors and showing them the classes they will visit that day, as well as other tasks that may be needed starting 15 minutes before the service begins and staying 15 minutes after service starts.
UUCFM Behavioral Guidelines for Children and Youth
We’ve become increasingly aware of the need for a shared understanding of the behavior that will help us all protect each other and care for our campus. We have developed the following guidelines to promote safety and respect:
Parents are expected to supervise their children at all times unless their child is there for an event that includes adult supervision, such as religious education classes.
Use of Buildings
Please keep your children within the area of the designated program you are attending. Children should not roam the premises unaccompanied.
Children need adult supervision on the playground at all times.
This will be our fifth year offering our UUCFM Wizard Camp in June. Wizard Camp is a one week daytime camp for children 5-15 who are interested in the Wizarding world.
This year’s camp will be in session the week of June 27th-July 1st. Come to camp, try on the sorting hat, and see if you are a Wave Rider, Stone Dragon, Phoenix Fire, or Wind Horse... eat Dragon Ice Cream, take classes in Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms, Care of Magical Creatures, and more!
For information on the UUCFM 2017 Wizard Summer Camp, or to register, go to: http://uucfmwizardcamp.webs.com/