Religious Education for Children and Youth

Religious Education experiences for children and youth begin after the Story for All Ages in worship on most Sundays. After the Story for All Ages, children may exit to the RE wing. Parents are welcome to come along if they wish.

On Sundays without RE classes, worship is designed for all ages to enjoy together.

2017-18 Religious Education

Registration and Safety

Paper registration forms are available at the Connections Corner in the Atrium and in the RE hallway. Or you may fill out our electronic registration form.

All children and youth, nursery through high school, who are planning to attend at least three times need to register. This helps us plan class configurations, keep in touch, know your child’s needs, and have emergency information at hand. Please register your child today.

Our RE classes are cooperative; that is, they are staffed entirely by volunteers. All families are expected to contribute in some way. In pairs, parent and volunteer teams take turns leading or assisting in a class. But you don’t have to be an expert – our classes are places where children and adults learn and explore together. We provide session plans, orientation, training, and support. For the safety of the children, we also require a volunteer background check. The annual Volunteer Screening Form is available here (to print) and at church.

Did you know that we have Safe Congregation Policy in place to help keep our children safe and to maintain a safe building? We encourage everyone to read it. Here a few facts that everyone using the building should know: There are fire extinguishers in every hallway. You will find a first aid kit in every classroom. Many of our classrooms have their own exits; take your children on an adventure sometime to look for them. You can expect a fire drill one Sunday morning this fall. It will be the first one in our new building – exciting!

Halloween Party for All Ages

On Saturday, October 28, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., put your costume on, and bring the family and a ghoulish, scary snack to share. Be prepared for the spooky but rockin’ Haunted House created by our high school youth! Contact me if you’d like to help out with this thrilling event.


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.

Preschool

The preschool class for three- and four-year-olds is exploring the Chalice Children curriculum. Students engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community.

K-4th Grades: Workshops on Theological Themes

We have three classes for children in kindergarten – 4th grade. Each class participates in a different workshop each Sunday on the theological theme of the month. For October, we explore community and diversity. Two of the workshops explore the life of an immigrant youth, and two explore personal differences and similarities through the Bible story “The Tower of Babel.”
 

5th - 6th Grades: 

This year's 5th and 6th graders are exploring qualities of our UU faith such as integrity, courage, and love and how these can be used to build their own faith.

7th-8th Grades: 

7th-8th graders alternate each year between the Our Whole Lives (OWL) comprehensive sexuality education program and the Coming of Age program to explore life’s big questions and articulate personal values and beliefs. This year's 7th and 8th graders have begun the Our Whole Lives curriculum that helps youth gain the knowledge, values, and skills to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives. For more information about this invaluable program, contact Teresa Putnam, Director of Lifespan Faith Development.

7th and 8th grade youth "Coming of Age" in 2017

High School

The high school youth, with the support of adult advisors, determine their own activities and goals for the year. Typically, they engage in social action, community building, worship, and leadership development. You can expect a return of the Haunted House in October and the youth-led service in March.

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.