Sunday School Pre-K to Grade 6
Sunday School Pre-K - Grade 6
Sunday School is offered from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. The format changes a bit from week to week:
Sanctuary Start: About twice per month, children begin worship in the Sanctuary with the whole Church community. During this time, we light the chalice, center ourselves for worship, share our joys and concerns, sing, and listen to a story for all ages. Then, the children leave the sanctuary and go to their RE classes (separated by grade-level).
Children’s Chapel: About twice per month, children have a kid-centered worship in the Children’s Chapel. This time is divided by age group. Our older children (grades 2-6) start in Chapel. We light our chalice, share joys and concerns, sing songs and have a story and activity. Then, those students go to their RE classes. Our younger children (Preschool-grade 1) start in their classes and then come in for Chapel during the last portion of the Sunday School period.
Our Chapel lessons and Stories for All Ages follow our Soul Matters themes.
Multigenerational Worship: Occasionally, we have multigenerational worship services. On these days, children, youth, and adults are in the Sanctuary together and we share stories and activities that can appeal to all ages.
Large RE Sessions: Occasionally we combine our Preschool-6th grade classes for a shared multi-age activity. This could be a social justice project, play, or other special event.
Our church school year runs mid-September to mid-May. During the late spring/summer, children ages 5 and under are welcome in the nursery room. Parents may always bring children to the service. We have a rocking chair in back for you to use and also kid's activity packs in baskets near the sanctuary door to help keep little ones amused. Upon request, the service audio can also be turned on in the youth room. Check the home page calendar for correct service times.
Course offerings for 2018/2019 are coming soon! (Course Offerings 2017/2018 are shown below.)
Preschool (ages 3 & 4) – "Celebrating Me and My World"
Beginning with lessons about their own wondrous qualities and then expanding outward to the things and people around them, "Celebrating Me and My World" seeks to ground our youngest Sunday School students in our caring faith faith community. Goals of this curriculum include building positive self-image, feeling safe and accepted in our church, becoming familiar with UU terms, and developing communication and self-expression.
Grades K and 1 – "Love Surrounds Us" (Sept.-Mar.) "World of Wonder" (Mar.-May)
The core of our UU community are our seven Principles. "Love Surrounds Us" emphasises the ways that children can experience and share love in their families, schools, and church. These ideas are connected to our UU principles through stories and activities.
"World of Wonder" delves deeply into our 7th principle--the interconnected web of all existence. In these lessons, our students will experience the natural world around them and learn to care for the earth.
Grades 2 and 3 – "Sprit of Adventure" (Sept.-Jan.) "UU Super Heroes" (Feb. - May)
"Spirit of Adventure" is a curriculum that ties the interests and experiences of elementary school children to UU identity. Through highly interactive lessons, students think about how things like sports, science, building, nature, and holiday celebrations relate to UU principles.
In the "UU Super Heroes" curriculum, students will encounter a different Unitarian Universalist in each lesson. They will learn a little about what made that person important to our faith and/or to the world. The emphasis is on acting with courage and wisdom to make the world a better place.
Grades 4 and 5 - "Toolbox of Faith" (Sept.- Mar.) "Windows and Mirrors" (Mar. - May)
Using common items as symbols for qualities of faith, "Toolbox of Faith" invites students to think about their UU values and how these relate to their everyday lives.
"Windows and Mirrors" encourages our older elementary students to think about their own values and also to look outside themselves at the diversity of belief around them. Students will begin to wrestle with deeper questions.
Our 4th and 5th grade class will be doing a class service project in the spring.
Grade 6 – "Riddle and Mystery" (Sept.-Mar.) "Amazing Grace" (Mar.-May)
The purpose of "Riddle and Mystery" is to assist sixth Graders in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question: Does God exist? What happens when you die? Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?
"Amazing Grace" intends to help sixth graders understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. Its purpose is to equip them for moving safely and productively through the middle- and high school years, when they will be continually tugged toward both ends of the ethics continuum.
For Grades 7 and 8, please continue to Our Whole Lives program page.
For Grades 9 to 12, please continue to Youth LRE program page.
All children and youth attending programs at UUCDC must be registered. Registration fee is $25/youth, but will not exceed $50 per family. Scholarships are available. Please let us know any pertinent information about your youth especially food allergies, bee sting allergies, or important medical info when you register. Let us know how you can help support your youth’s religious education!
To learn more about our comprehensive Religious Education program, preschool-adult, please email Chrissy Bushyager, Director of Religious Education or call 610-566-4853, ext 203.