Religious Education Programs
Whether your family has been engaged in East Shore for 10 years or 10 seconds, we have something to support you all during COVID-19. Come get plugged into fall programs for children and youth.
Annual Enrollment for Children and Youth
Please fill out this enrollment form each year. If you participate three or more times during a year, we ask you to fill out a registration form to help us plan the program and better serve this community! With accurate and up-to-date information, we can connect more easily with you and your family.
2020 Fall Programs
All of our programs are running on a seven week cycles. We’ll have cycles to join and participate in and if you can’t make it this time, please join us at the start of the next cycle! Our cycles this fall are marked with a kick off date on the Social-Distance Soul Saturdays where children and youth pick up goodies and supplies, and there’s a special All Ages opportunity as well.
Fall cycle dates are: September 12, October 31, and December 5.
Upcoming Events for Families & Youth
Join us for any or all of our RE programming this year!
We have online programs, offline programs, and ways to participate in both!
Log on for casual conversation with live hosts from "KESUC"! We talk about family rituals, death cleaning, democracy, and more! Each week, a guest from the congregation joins us to engage our diverse audience and interests.
Grab your PJ’s or tune in in the background while you’re making dinner at home for some extra loving company. Somatic practices and guided meditation restore our nerves and a read aloud from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe cleanse the imagination.
1 & 3rd Fridays run from 6:30-10 p.m. with Dungeons and Dragons online campaigns; 2nd Fridays are social justice conversations; 4th Fridays are themes fishbowl conversations meant to dig deep; and 5th Fridays are movies. Come as you are. Invite a friend.
Sign up to come to East Shore's Winter Festival - a COVID safe option for celebrating. This event is open to the community: children and adults! We’re including a gingerbread kit pick up, online parties the following Wednesday night on December 9th and in youth group ...
Religious Exploration is an engaging space where elementary-aged children and tweens can experience worship, spiritual practice, and values-based learning with their peers, parents, and ESUC volunteers. This includes chalice readings, joys and sorrows, stories, a presen...
Children & Youth at East Shore
East Shore Unitarian Church (ESUC) offers a vibrant, high-quality religious exploration (RE) program for children and youth. This year, our vision of religious exploration is focused on building community online, engaging in faith formation at home, and practicing justice together.
East Shore is made up of an every growing group of diverse people, gathering together to support one another in a values-centered and affirming spiritual life journey. Many of our families are multifaith, some new to UU, some believing in mystery and awe, and some steeped in the traditions of their ancestors, and many still coming from faiths that didn’t quite fit. This pluralistic well is our strength, this diversity is our beauty.
Our children and youth develop a strong Unitarian Universalist identity by building relationships throughout East Shore community, whether it be through participation in classes, groups, worship, coffee hour, all ages events, or social justice projects. In all of these endeavors, our Learning programs support and nurture the spiritual and ethical lives of the children and youth, as well as those of the adult volunteers and advisors. Health and Safety are our utmost priority, and throughout our programs, we hold a high standard for communication and choice. At East Shore, we offer a welcoming and safe learning environment.
We want our children to enjoy learning! We offer many opportunities for children and youth to get involved and become active participates in their own spiritual growth. Their own experiences, curiosity, and questions are at the center of our teachings. Children and youth co-create our programming spontaneously through dialogue and deepening relationship. When we get to know one another in a heart-centered, justice-centered manner, spirituality and deep meaning emerge. In conversation, our adult volunteers are taught how to empower children and youth to be the best people we can be. Our covenantal community is our container and Unitarian Universalist is our guide.
We want our children and youth to feel comfortable explaining to others what it means to be UU. We work hard to build strong relationships among participants and to cultivate a feeling among our children and youth that ESUC is their home.
Through regular and lifelong participation in religious exploration, children and youth can learn how to navigate the complex world and onto values and principles as anchors in a storm or as stars in the sky. Parents and volunteers in RE learn alongside them.
Have more questions?
Please reach out to our Director of Religious Education, Amanda Uluhan.
Tips to Make Church Programs More Fun!
- Attend regularly. Consistent attendance allows your child the opportunity to develop friendships, become better acquainted with the teachers, and develop continuity and increased understanding of the material. Parents who possess an attitude of cheerful expectancy about weekly church attendance have less difficulty keeping children involved. On Sundays without classes, share your worship experience with your children.
- Dress for active participation. Our classes are creative, active places with movement, glue, paint, games, etc.
- Familiarize yourself with the regular activities of the classes. Talk with your child and the teachers about the activities in the class. Keep informed through the newsletter, and participate in church events together.
- Share your own religious beliefs with your children. We encourage you to learn along with your child as you take a spiritual journey together. Support and encourage your child, wherever they are on the religious journey. Recognize that your child’s religious needs may differ from your own. Many children have a need for ritual, structure, and definitive answers to difficult questions. Seek out the answers and support you need. Although you are your children’s primary religious educator, you are not alone!
- Share some of your time and talents. Parental involvement is a key ingredient to your child’s positive experience at church and the success of our program. When you are connected and having fun, so will your child.
- Always feel free to call on the religious education staff, teacher, minister, or Lifelong Learning committee member with your questions, comments, or concerns.
Thank you for your support, your participation is greatly appreciated!
All of our programming with children and youth requires two, unrelated adults be present in a room. This creates a safer community with a network of accountability. We encourage you to support having two adults in the room by volunteering regularly in RE programs and events and stepping in when needed to be the second adult when others are not available.
All staff and volunteers who work with children and youth receive training to support their work; have had background checks prior to being approved; and are stationed in classes with at least one other adult.
Adults who volunteer with regularity are required to have a background check, run through our insurance, Church Mutual that contracts with Trusted Employees.
Minors, 0 through 18, must be under the direct supervision of parents/guardians or must be signed into and involved with religious education programming. Unsupervised minors in hallways, on the playground, in classrooms, or wandering around will be escorted to a classroom or to find their parent/guardian.
Whether your family has been engaged in East Shore for 10 years or 10 seconds, we have something to support you all during COVID-19. Come get plugged into fall programs for children and youth. Register for East Shore’s Children and Youth Religious Education (RE)...
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