It is by gathering on Sundays that we are transformed from individual seekers to a community filled with the spirit of life. It is in gathering as a Unitarian Universalist religious community that we learn to love ourselves, love each other, and do good work throughout the world. Our Religious Exploration program is designed to enable children and youth to participate in the mystery of the universe by freely questioning, developing spiritually, acting ethically, and growing in relationship with Unitarian Universalism. Our program focuses on the theological, spiritual, and ethical development of children and youth at all stages in their lives. We seek to be a strong supportive guide in the religious life of the entire family. The Tapestry of Faith curriculum developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association is an engaging and holistic program that is deeply rooted in our faith, theology and social justice work. Children, youth and adults are challenged and guided to grow their souls and create peace in themselves and the world.
What We Are Exploring in Elementary School This Year
This program helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. 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.
Provides participants with an ethics- and faith-based framework for thinking about what it means to be just and good, introducing and reinforcing concepts such as interdependence, conscience, faith, compassion, awe, non-violence, responsibility, perseverance, cooperation, and ecological balance.
What tools does Unitarian Universalism offer for the challenges of life? This program invites participants to reflect on qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith.
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December Class Schedule by Week
Unless otherwise noted, children and youth begin in the sanctuary each week at 10 a.m. and are dismissed to their classes after the story. Classes meet until 11:15 a.m.
- K-1 Creating Home ANIMAL HOMES (part 2) – today’s story “It Could Be Worse” is a lively interactive exercise in classification. The class will finish their exploration of animal homes by matching animals to their homes and playing a game.
- 2-3 Moral Tales FORGIVENESS The class will hear a story to learn about forgiveness, and the value in letting go of past hurts and focusing on the kindnesses others have done us. There will be the opportunity to complete several craft projects.
- 4-5 Toolbox of Faith REFLECTION – the class will explore the properties of mirrors and discuss the different definitions of the word reflection. They will visit the still small voice inside of each of us.
- K-1 Creating Home HOME IN NATURE – in this session children will create their own Nature Journals and work on their power of observation.
- 2-3 Moral Tales FORGIVENESS (part 2) – today’s session borrows from another grade 2-3 curriculum. The class will extend the topic of forgiveness by focusing on the guidance of love. They will practice responding to negative situations with positive words.
- 4-5 Toolbox of Faith – the week before the pageant the class will work on preparation for the event with the Middle School group
The children and youth of East Shore Unitarian Church will join together to share stories and songs from around the world. This pageant has been created by the children and youth looking at various faith traditions, with the direction of Sunshine Glynn and Walter Andrews and Kari Ann Hailey for music. This is a beloved annual tradition and a time to celebrate the creativity in our congregation!
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Children’s chapel – visioning and meditation, we’ll be creating vision boards and/or playing games with children/youth not attending worship service