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.

Our​ ​Children’s​ ​Curricula​ ​for​ ​2017/2018

Nursery

For babies and toddlers up to age 3.

“Rainbow​ ​Kids”​   ​

(ages​ ​3​ ​through​ ​6)  Chalice​ ​Children​ ​(​ ​by​ ​Katie​ ​Covey)

preschool

​Chalice​ ​Children​ ​delves​ ​deep​ ​into​ ​our​ ​Unitarian​ ​Universalist faith.​ ​It​ ​strives​ ​not​ ​just​ ​to​ ​teach​ ​about​ ​our​ ​faith,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​to provide​ ​experiences​ ​around​ ​the​ ​strength​ ​of​ ​community,​ ​the wonder​ ​and​ ​awe​ ​that​ ​transcend​ ​everyday​ ​understanding,​ ​and life​ ​issues​ ​we​ ​all​ ​share.​ ​Early​ ​childhood​ ​is​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​curiosity and​ ​wonder.​ ​In​ ​a​ ​group​ ​setting,​ ​with​ ​loving​ ​adult​ ​guides,​ ​young children​ ​can​ ​engage​ ​in​ ​spiritual​ ​seeking,​ ​develop​ ​their​ ​openness to​ ​sharing,​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​the​ ​benefit​ ​of​ ​a​ ​supportive community.​ ​Their​ ​time​ ​in​ ​Chalice​ ​Children​ ​can​ ​set​ ​a​ ​pattern​ ​for the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​their​ ​lives​ ​and​ ​bring​ ​lasting​ ​benefits.

“Primary​ ​People”​ ​(ages​ ​7,​ ​8) elementary

Signs​ ​of​ ​Our​ ​Faith:​ ​Being​ ​UU​ ​Every  Day​ ​(by​ ​JessicaYork)

Signs​ ​of​ ​Our​ ​Faith​ ​guides​ ​children​ ​to​ ​do​ ​their​ ​best​ ​to​ ​live​ ​to​ ​live faithful​ ​lives​ ​every​ ​day.​ ​It​ ​presents​ ​fourteen​ ​traits​ ​or​ ​values​ ​that most​ ​Unitarian​ ​Universalists​ ​love,​ ​including​ ​the​ ​quest​ ​for knowledge​ ​-​ ​reverence​ ​for​ ​life,​ ​supporting​ ​one​ ​another​ ​on​ ​our faith​ ​journeys,​ ​and​ ​public​ ​witness.​ ​In​ ​our​ ​sessions,​ ​children examine​ ​how​ ​their​ ​lives​ ​do​ ​and​ ​can​ ​exhibit​ ​these​ ​traits​ ​and values,​ ​and​ ​come​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​that​ ​their​ ​faith​ ​is​ ​a​ ​living​ ​faith.

“Junior​ ​Youth”

(ages​ ​9,​ ​10,​ ​11)​ ​Riddle​ ​and​ ​Mystery​ ​(by​ ​Richard S.​ ​Kimball)

The​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​Riddle​ ​and​ ​Mystery​ ​is​ ​to​ ​assist​ ​young​ ​people​ ​in their​ ​own​ ​search​ ​for​ ​understanding.​ ​Each​ ​of​ ​the​ ​16​ ​sessions introduces​ ​and​ ​processes​ ​a​ ​“Big​ ​Question”.​ ​The​ ​first​ ​three sessions​ ​echo​ ​Paul​ ​Gauguin’s​ ​famous​ ​triptych:​ ​Where​ ​do​ ​we come​ ​from?​ ​What​ ​are​ ​we?​ ​Where​ ​are​ ​we​ ​going?​  ​The​ ​next​ ​ten sessions​ ​include​ ​“Does​ ​God​ ​exist?”​ ​And​ ​“What​ ​happens​ ​when we​ ​die?”​ ​The​ ​final​ ​three​ ​are​ ​increasingly​ ​Unitarian​ ​Universalist: Can​ ​we​ ​ever​ ​solve​ ​life’s​ ​mystery?​ ​How​ ​can​ ​I​ ​know​ ​what​ ​to believe?​ ​What​ ​does​ ​Unitarian​ ​Universalist​ ​mean​ ​to​ ​me?

Ecumenical​ ​Sundays​ ​–​ ​for​ ​Primary​ ​People​ ​and​ ​Junior​ ​Youth, usually​ ​once​ ​a​ ​month Classes​ ​will​ ​ask​ ​“Who​ ​is​ ​my​ ​neighbour?”​ ​by​ ​exploring​ ​“the church​ ​across​ ​the​ ​street.”​ ​We’ll​ ​have​ ​visits​ ​from​ ​religious leaders​ ​from​ ​other​ ​religious​ ​communities,​ ​and​ ​perhaps​ ​some children​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​The​ ​Junior​ ​Youth​ ​will​ ​also​ ​have​ ​opportunities for​ ​“field​ ​trips”​ ​to​ ​a​ ​few​ ​local​ ​houses​ ​of​ ​worship. 

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Coming of Age

​ ​(ages​ ​12-13)

​This​ ​program​ ​is​ ​similar​ ​to Confirmation,​ ​or​ ​Bat/Bar​ ​Mitzvah,​ ​and​ ​marks​ ​the​ ​rite​ ​of​ ​passage when​ ​youth​ ​“graduate”​ ​from​ ​Sunday​ ​morning​ ​programs​ ​and
into​ ​Youth​ ​Group.​   Coming of Age will run begin on January 14, 2018, and conclude June 10, culminating in a youth-led service.

Youth Group

​ ​(ages​ ​14-19)​ ​

Once​ ​a​ ​month,​ ​the​ ​youth​ ​group meets​ ​on​ ​Sunday​ ​at​ ​12:30​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​topics​ ​of​ ​interest​ ​chosen by​ ​the​ ​group.​ ​Check​ ​the​ ​church​ ​calendar​ ​for​ ​upcoming​ ​dates.

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

OWL for grades Kindergarten through 2 will be offered in the Spring of 2018. Tentative dates are : April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13.


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