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 exit to the RE wing if they would like to attend classes. Parents are welcome to come along too, if they wish--and some Sundays, we can use an extra set of adult hands.

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

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.

During the summer, nursery care is located in the Marion Vaughn Parlor because it is air conditioned.

Summer RE

Children enjoy a different activity or guest star each week.

Please note that our schedule of activities is subject to change if something awesome comes along that we must include!

August 6: Big Bubbles
August 13: Veggie Creatures
August 20: Tinker, Create, and Explore
August 27: Nature Prints

2017-18 RE Classes

It’s time, once again, to register children and youth for a new season of Religious Education. Fall classes begin September 17. There are two ways to sign up. First, hard copy forms are available at the Connections Corner in the Atrium and in the RE hallway. Second, you may register online. It’s important that we have contact information for all children and youth who are planning to attend at least three times. We need the names and contact information of parents or guardians, knowledge of any medical issues or allergies, and particular learning styles or behavioral concerns. This helps us plan the class configurations, try to provide a good RE environment and experience for your child, and keep in touch. Please take a few minutes to register your child today.

Our programs are cooperative and are staffed by volunteers. In pairs, parents take turns leading and assisting in each class. We provide session plans, orientation, training, and support. For the safety of the children, we also require a background check. With enough volunteers, your commitment may only be seven to ten times for the year, leaving plenty of days to enjoy service. On the registration form, please indicate how you’d like to help out. It truly takes a village to raise people of integrity, love, and faith – young Unitarian Universalists!

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

Each class explores our church's theme of the month in a series of workshops and fun activities.
 

6th Grade: Amazing Grace


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. Contact Teresa Putnam, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, for more information.

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

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.