Children & Youth Religious Education

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A Community of Sharing

Our children are an important part of our community, and we ask that you volunteer to support our teachers once every few months by being a monitor in our classrooms. We need at least three volunteers a week in order to be able to run our programs. You will find that our classes are a fun and joyful place to be!


Our Seven Principles

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1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person.Each person is important.
2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.Be kind in all you do.
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.We are free to learn together.
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.We search for what is true.
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.All people need a voice.
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.Build a fair and peaceful world.
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.We care for Earth’s lifeboat.

Enriching our spirits – weekly programs for children and youth

Sundays for our children begin at 10:30 with intergenerational worship with the congregation.  After “A Time for All Ages” which is a song or story, the adults ‘sing’ the children to their classes where they can be with friends in their age group to share and explore our “Culture of Peace” ideas. From the end of the service (around 11:45) until 12:15, children can enjoy a snack and supervised play time, while parents can enjoy coffee in the lobby. Our Rainbow Room is available for babies and toddlers up to three years old, where they will enjoy play and music with loving, responsible caretakers.

Nursery

For babies and toddlers up to age 3.

Preschool

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Our cherished 3 through 5 year olds benefit from our beautiful church grounds as often as possible, as we nurture ecological identity through being outside as often as possible. Our preschoolers are also learning the ABC’s of UU identity through the “Chalice Children” curriculum. http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/chalicechildren

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Kids 6 through 8 will have fun developing emerging reading skills through skits from “Chalice Theatre.” Each week, we’ll be tackling a new topic through acting out a story, with opportunities for artistic expression through drama, music and art. This curriculum will alternate with the tried and true “Treasure Hunting,” packed with interactive exploration of UU heritage, ideas of God, dreams for the future, and life’s ups and downs, among other topics.

Junior Youth

This Sunday morning class, for ages 9 through 12, is focusing on the “Toolbox of Faith.” http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/toolbox. We are examining our values, including Integrity, the Democratic Process, Questioning, Humour, Courage, Atonement, and of course, Love, to name just a few. By focusing on a different object, or “tool,” each week, we’ll delve deep into what in means to be a UU the other 6 days of the week, and how our faith supports us in our daily lives.

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Coming of Age

Using the theme of “Compass Points,” youth who are “graduating” out of Sunday classes, and almost ready for youth group, will explore what it means to be coming of age. This journey concludes with the opportunity to speak during a Sunday service, and declare their beliefs at this stage in their lives. Many UU’s consider this a rite of passage, similar to a Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah.

Youth Group

Our vibrant youth group meets Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30. Youth aged 14 and up enjoy this chance to meet in a relaxed setting for laughter, emotional support, and shared values. In addition to group discussions, movie nights, improv, creative writing, and social justice initiatives, we enjoy frequent outings, including laser tag, and bubble soccer.

Our Whole Lives

Grades 7 through 9 Our whole livesOur Whole Lives (OWL) is a major cornerstone in Unitarian Universalist religious exploration, for any age. It is a comprehensive sexuality education program, designed to equip individuals to make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behaviour. This year, we are proud to offer OWL to grades 7 though 9. This age appropriate program will consist of 25 sessions, offered between October and May. To register your youth, please attend the mandatory parent orientation on Wednesday, October 15, at 6:30pm, at the church. For more information about the program, please contact us, and see: www.uua.org/documents/owl/owlflyer_7-9.pdf


Creative Spirituality

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child writing noteMystery Friends

This intergenerational letter writing activity matches children with adult pen pals in the congregation. The popular program of letter exchanges is getting a shot of new energy this time around! In 2016, we’re shaking it up by exchanging letters one Sunday a month, from January through May, culminating in a potluck lunch at party, where the Mystery Friend’s identity is revealed. Adults also have the option of writing to other adults, as well.

A Community of Sharing

Our children are an important part of our community, and we ask that you volunteer to support our teachers once every few months by being a monitor in our classrooms. We need at least three volunteers a week in order to be able to run our programs. You will find that our classes are a fun and joyful place to be!image3v2

Tamara McClellan Lifespan Learning Professional church office: 905-527-8441 x222 tamara@uuhamilton.ca