Lifespan Religious Education
Pre-K - Grade 7
All children attending programs at UUCDC must be registered. Registration fee is $25/child, but will not exceed $50 per family. Scholarships are available. Please let us know any pertinent information about your child especially food allergies, bee sting allergies, or important medical info when you register. Let us know how you can help support your child’s religious education!
Multigenerational Worship provides an opportunity for adults and children to worship together for the entire Sunday service. These worship experiences are interactive, entertaining, and spiritual.
Large LRE Sessions (9:15 Pre-K to Grade 7) are usually held on holiday weekends. The large group RE Session may include storytelling, theater, social justice projects, guest presentations, and music.
Ages Newborn-3 (9:15) and Newborn-5 and under (11:15)
The youngest members of our community are important to UUCDC and we provide professional care for them. The nursery is staffed by fully vetted and supervised personnel who provide loving care and play for the little ones until they are able to move onto a more structured class environment.
Sunday Morning Chapel (9:15 Pre K to Grade 5) in Fellowship Hall mirrors the adult service with opening words, chalice lighting, sharing of joys and concerns, an offering, singing, and a story with a theme. This year, the Sunday Morning Chapel will focus on our 7 UU Principles, Our UU Six Sources, World Religions, and Faith in Action. Chapel will be lead by our Director of Lifespan Religious Education and we will also have occasional guest leaders, including Rev. Peter Friedrichs.
Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education (OWL) is a curriculum series designed to help young people gain the knowledge, life principles and skills they need to express sexuality in life-enhancing ways. UUCDC currently offers OWL to Grades K/1 and 4/5 for 8 weeks in the spring, and to Grade 8 for an entire year.
9:15 Chapel and Classes:
No 11:15 Religious Education classes are offered, however the Nursery is available for children ages 5 and under.
Children in preschool will be learning about their church community this year. Through a variety of experiences such as painting, dramatic play, sculpting with play dough, and rituals (simple rhymes, fingerplays, lighting the chalice, and games), children will gain a sense of belonging to their UUCDC community and their UU faith.
The kindergarten/first grade program entitled “Creating Home” from the UUA Tapestry of Faith series, “…helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. The class will ask questions about the purpose of having a home and the functions a home serves, for us as humans and for other animals. The program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles each of us play in the homes where we live. The program introduces the concept of a "faith home" — your congregation — which shares some characteristics with a family home. Like a family home, a faith home offers its members certain joys, protections, and responsibilities.” Children will build their church home in their sacred meeting space. (For 8 weeks in the spring, children will participate in the “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) program learning about Faith and Sexuality.)
Second/third graders in the “Faithful Journeys” curriculum will learn how to use their faith in making difficult decisions in their lives. Stories of real UU people help children to understand how they can use their UU faith (7 Principles) in guiding decision making in their lives. This curriculum also fosters an understanding of Faith in Action, one of the basic components of our faith.
Toolbox of Faith
“Toolbox of Faith” for fourth/fifth graders helps guide children in understanding the qualities of our faith by placing “tools” each week in their UU toolbox, such as a flashlight to represent the importance of justice, duct tape for flexibility, or a mirror as reflection. Children will better understand the importance of faith in their daily lives. (For 8 weeks in the spring, children will participate in the “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) program learning about Faith and Sexuality.)
Sixth/seventh graders explore the diversity of religions in our world. Youth, advisors and parents visit other faith communities and worship with them. They experience other traditions as they are practiced in our surrounding communities. The children clarify their values and beliefs in the context of Unitarian Universalism and an increased familiarity with the world’s religions.
For Grade 8 course, please continue to OWL program page.
For Grades 9-12 courses, please continue to Youth LRE program page.
Lifespan Religious Education Program - Irene Friedrichs
Comprehensive Religious Education: Preschool - Adult. To learn more about our Lifespan Religious Education programming, email using link above or call Irene at 610-566-4853 x5.