Religious Education for Children and Youth

This year's Giving Tree in the Social Hall supports a few local families with children at nearby Attwood School. All gifts must be brought to the church by Sunday, December 17. 

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. Services for all ages tend to include more movement, ritual, or activity and offer opportunities for families to be together and experience service with the rest of the congregation.


2017-18 Religious Education Classes

Registration and Safety Requirements

Registration Form

Volunteer Screening Form (to print)

Safe Congregation Policy


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 two classes for children in this range, a K - 2nd grade class and a 3rd - 4th grade class. Each class participates in a different workshop each Sunday on the theological theme of the month. Our theological theme for December is God. Some Unitarian Universalists may find it difficult to talk about God or are uncomfortable with the word “God.” Children, however, may be curious. In our workshops on December 3 and 10, children will explore the many ideas and beliefs one can have about the idea of God. Whether one uses the concept of God or not, in our community, we are accepting and affirming of all theological ideas. The children will also explore the idea that God has many names and that each name tells us something about the people using it. My thanks to Renee Swanson and Nancy Schertzing for being our workshop leaders this month.
 

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 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.