Preschool and Elementary Children
With few exceptions, children at South Church begin Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary with their families to share in the opening words, chalice lighting, and Story for All Ages. Following the Story for All Ages, our children are sung out of worship to attend Religious Education classes downstairs. Parents should escort their children to their classrooms, sign them in, and may then return to the sanctuary for the remainder of worship.
Sunday Classes: Preschool and Early Elementary
Our Pre-Kinder (mostly 4 year olds) and Kindergarten classroom uses Spirit Play, a montessori approach to religious education that invites children to explore life’s big questions through stories, “wonderings,” “work” (activities) and songs.
Sunday Classes: Elementary
9:00 a.m. Classes offerred for 1st-4th grades 11:00 a.m. Classes offered for 1st - 6th grades
First-Second grade class
Love Will Guide Us - In this program, students learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we will ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” and “What is our relationship to the Earth?” Application of wisdom from our sources will help us to form our own answers and to learn that asking questions is valued in our community of faith. Learn more about the Love Will Guide Us program.
Third-Fourth grade class
The Signs of Our Faith curriculum asks us to think about religion as the practice of being faithful to what you love. This program guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day by identifying and focusing on what they love. Students will examine values such as the quest for knowledge and supporting and respecting life and faith journeys. By exploring aspects of living faith through different traits and values, students will discover together how to live faithfully in a complex world. Learn more about the Signs of Our Faith Curriculum.
Fifth-sixth grade class
Theme-Based Workshop Rotation - This program utilizes the rotating themes of worship services to go deeper into life’s essential questions. Focusing on a central story for each theme helps us to slow down and focus on the things that matter. In addition, selecting stories that correspond with the congregation’s current themes provides a chance for these students to grow and benefit from the learning as a spiritual community. This curriculum provides a transformative learning journey. Learn more about theme-based workshop rotation.
Special Programming for Children
- Our Whole Lives – This lifespan sexuality education program is used across the United States in Unitarian Universalist churches. Five levels of age-appropriate curricular materials are available for kindergarteners through adults. In 2014-15, our RE program will offer the following three classes: 5th grade, 7th-8th grades, and 10th-12th grades. Advanced registration is required, and parents are required to attend a parent meeting for each class.
- Families Tuugether – Open to children 8 months through Sixth grade, Families Tuugether is a popular program for families of young kids; an opportunity for parents to reconnect and to recharge. Offered monthly during the church year starting in October, children are dropped off at South Church at 4:30pm with a potluck dish to share (Ready to serve, please.), and parents head up to the sanctuary for a short group gathering before heading out to enjoy some quite time. Children will strengthen friendships, enjoy a movie, and play fun games. Parents return to get their child no later than 8pm. Please note: Families MUST RSVP if they plan to come to this event, so that we are able to meet the staffing needs. Program is be closed after 25 children register, to ensure we have a safe and fun event. See the calendar for upcoming dates.
- Sparks – Is a social group for Fifth and Sixth grade students which meets on first Fridays most months for fun and engaging activities. The group participates in activities like a bowling night, mini-golf, a game night at the church, ice cream social, etc. The intention is to offer participants a chance to socialize and get to know one another better outside of our Sunday morning programming. Registration is required.
Social Events for Children and Families
- All Church Picnic in September
- Halloween Social on Halloween night
- Holiday Celebration in December
- Spring Pancake Breakfast on Palm Sunday
- Occasional Friday FUUN Nights: First Friday Potluck/Games Nights and Third Friday Film Nights
- Other events are scheduled throughout the year. Keep an eye out for them in the Nuusflash
All classrooms in the Religious Education program are supported by safe-congregation screened adults, trained in our teaching program, and guided by the Director of Religious Education and the ministers at South Church. For more information about our program, contact Kirsten Hunter, Director of Religious Education at Kirsten@southchurch-uu.org or 603.436.4762 ext. 3