Religious Education for Children and Youth

Our last regular session for children and youth religious education classes is on May 7.

May 21 is Music Sunday. Children and youth will attend the first part of the service, then exit to play and engage in end-of-the-year activities.

The following Sunday is Memorial Day weekend and the annual Yankee Springs church retreat.


June 11 is Sundae Sunday, when children and youth will be released from the worship service after the Story for All Ages to enjoy an ice cream treat in the Social Hall.

For more information on our programs for children and youth, see below or contact Teresa Putnam, Director of Lifespan Faith Development.
 

Youth Religious Education Programs


 

Chalice Seekers Summer Camp

This year’s Chalice Seekers Summer Camp, "The Web of Life," will be June 19 - 22. Get the kids outdoors and explore nature! This program is for campers in 1st through 6th grades, with opportunities for junior counselors entering 7th through 9th grades as well as paid counselors ages 16 and up. We are planning many nature and environment-based activities, guest speakers, and field trips. We will also go to Hawk Island for swimming as the weather allows. You can register your child(ren) online here.

Nursery Care for Babies and Toddlers up to Age Four

The nursery is staffed by childcare providers during Sunday morning worship services. We hope each child develops a sense of belonging in this warm and welcoming place.

On most Sunday mornings, children and youth have the option to leave service after the Story for All Ages and go to a Religious Education workshop. Families with children in preschool through high school are welcome to register online.

Preschool

Our preschool program is drawn from classic UU curricula. It provides children with opportunities to grow in their sense of trust and caring and to develop a self-identity and a sense of connectedness with all of life. They learn about our congregation and religious tradition as they discover and express their own uniqueness.

Elementary Grades: Workshops on Theological Themes

This year, classes are divided into K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th grades. Each class explores our church's theme of the month in a series of workshops and fun activities.

Transformation is our churchwide theme for the month of April. Children in K – 5th grade will experience how to effect transformation in their world. They’ll have a chance to see the world in a new way when they explore science and participate in hands-on activities. They’ll also get their hands dirty as they work together to transform our church space, planting spring flowers and maybe seeds. Volunteers Carrie Tansy, Ann Ryan, and Jennifer Blum will lead the children in two weeks of these activities.

May's theme is transcendence. Some of our classes will participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. This event is taking place simultaneously in congregations all around the country with thousands of UUs participating. This call to action comes from UU religious professionals and lay leaders to look within our faith communities for the ways racism, sexism, and white supremacy live. Many resources have been created and pulled together. A great one for families is Beyond the Golden Rule, published by Teaching Tolerance, a parent’s guide to preventing and responding to prejudice, from preschool through high school. It is a useful resource for families of all racial identities. By raising awareness, noticing and addressing our own cultural habits, we can begin to transcend and push our faith toward the beloved community we all seek.
 

6th Grade: Amazing Grace



7th-8th Grades: Coming Of Age 

Our Coming of Age youth are exploring life’s big questions and articulating their own values and beliefs.

All year long, the 7th and 8th graders have explored their core values, spiritual journeys, and what it is they each believe. Each youth has created a faith statement that reflects who they are at this moment in their spiritual journey. On Sunday, May 14, they will share a bit of their statements with the congregation in a worship service for all ages. I invite you to come and celebrate our youth through this inspirational service!

On alternating years, 7th-8th graders experience the Our Whole Lives (OWL) comprehensive sexuality education program. Contact Teresa Putnam, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, for more information. 


High School

The high school youth engage throughout each year in learning experiences, worship, community building, social action projects for both the church and the larger community, and fun. They create a much-anticipated worship service each year with the leadership of the Teens on the Committee of UU Leadership (ToCUUL).

All parents and guardians who are raising children up to age 18 are welcome to join our UU Lansing Parents Facebook group.

All college and graduate students are welcome to join our UU Lansing Campus Ministry Facebook group.