The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent has a vibrant Religious Education ministry with almost 90 children and youth registered as of September 2017. We have a strong Children and Youth Religious Education Committee and teams of dedicated volunteer teachers.
For more information, please contact leaders below:
Director of Religious Education: Lily Rappaport
Religious Education Coordinator: Colleen Thoele
Nursery Staff: Michelle Bores
If you are Hosting an event and would like to provide childcare, please arrange with Religious Education Coordinator, Colleen Thoele, three weeks in advance.
If you are Requesting childcare for an event, our deadline for informing Colleen ([email protected]) is one week in advance.
No reservation is needed for Nursery care during Sunday morning worship services.
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Religious Education Mission
The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent’s Religious Education Program is to provide opportunities for religious explorations guided by a spirit of play and our UU heritage and principles.
Our 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles in Child-Friendly Language
Each Person is important
Be kind in all you do
We’re free to learn together
…and search for what is true
All people need a voice
Build a fair and Peaceful World
We care for the Earth and all upon it.
What to Expect on Sundays…
All children in grades Kindergarten through High School start the morning in the sanctuary. Young children are seated with their parents/caregivers. The beginning of the worship service is created to be friendly to folks of all ages. It includes music, lighting our chalice, celebrations of special events in the church and the story-based Time for All Ages, after which the children and youth are “sung out” to their classes.
The Preschool children typically begin the morning in their classroom.
We have several opportunities for Multigenerational Worship experiences throughout the year, usually near a holiday. They are publicized in the weekly newletter, E-nUUs, and on the website. These worship services are carefully crafted to be engaging for children and adults. On these days children sit with their families, although teens may opt to sit with their peers. Nursery care is always available on these Sundays – Preschool may or may not be in session.
Our classes are staffed by volunteer teachers and leaders who receive training and support. All are dedicated to the faith development of our children and youth.
Between services, the Religious Education Committee sponsors a supervised art activity in the fellowship hall. No other supervision or program is offered during social hour and parents/caregivers are responsible for the care, safety and happiness of their children and youth at that time.
9:45 AM Religious Education Offerings:
Tender loving Nursery childcare is offered for our youngest ones by Michelle Bores, our Nursery Staff and adult or teen volunteers. The nursery is available during both the 9:45 am and 11:30 am worship services. Michelle is an experienced and educated childcare provider who holds certification in CPR and First Aid. We recognize that separation between parent and child, even for a brief time, is a milestone in the lives of both parents and children. Every effort is made to make it a comfortable transition for everyone. There is reserved seating in the last row at the back of the sanctuary. Sitting there will assure that parents/guardians can be readily called if needed. The audio of the service is piped into nearby Founders’ Lounge.
Our Preschool & Kindergarten class (ages 3 by September 1st) are using the CELEBRATING ME AND MY WORLD curriculum This exciting and simple curriculum provides experiences and opportunities for children to grow in their sense of trust and caring and to develop self-identity and their sense of connectedness to all of life.
Grades 1st and 2nd are using SPIRIT PLAY,creating an environment for children to live into their own answers to the existential (wondering) questions: Where did we come from? What are we doing here? How do we choose to live our lives? What happens when we die? Spirit Play uses the Montessori approach and Berryman’s morning as worship approach for the structure of the morning. These elements free the children to work at their own pace on their own issues after an initial lesson or story within a safe and sacred structure.
Grades 3, 4 and 5 are spending the year with TOOLBOX OF FAITH. What tools does Unitarian Universalism offer for the challenges of life? Toolbox of Faith invites participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each session uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror) flexibility (duct tape) an just (a flashlight).
11:30 AM Religious Education Offerings:
During the second service, the Nursery is available for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. See the description above for the nursery program.
Our Middle School Youth Group (grades 6, 7 and 8). Neighboring Faiths – Bridge Builders. The UUA Building Bridges curriculum is a world religions program that deepens our youths’ understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.
The High School Youth Group (grades 9-12) is adapting the small group ministry materials that accompany the Soul Matters theme-based worship program. As the monthly themes are being examined in worship, our high school youth will be engaging with these same themes in their group. Some of the themes this year include expectation, resistance, liberation and simplicity. The youth group’s model of shared leadership, community building and putting faith into action are sure to align perfectly with the program. They will also be engaged in planning for Youth Sunday which takes place in the spring.
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On Monday evenings, our 7th, 8th and 9th graders are participating in Junior High level Our Whole Lives (OWL), a sexuality education program that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world. Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded.