children’s religious education
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County has a vibrant Children’s Religious Education Program (RE) with more than 70 children registered during the 2015-2016 program year. Our group of dedicated and trained volunteer teachers explore the seven Unitarian Universalist principles with the children as a framework upon which they can explore their beliefs. Our goal is to nurture the developing faith and spirituality of children, not to indoctrinate them with one right way of being in the world. Questions are encouraged! Below you will find relevant information to our children’s RE program.
Our Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles in child friendly language:
-Respect all people
-Offer fair and kind treatment to all
-Yearn to accept and learn about ourselves, others, and mystery
-Grow by exploring what is true and right in life
-Believe in our ideas and act on them
-Insist on a peaceful, fair, and free world for all
-Value our home, the earth, which we share with all living things
From September through May, services are held at 9:30 and 11:00 am. Over the summer, there is only one service which is offered at 10 am (Read more about UUFWC summer Sundays).
Religious Education classes are offered for all children in preschool through grade 12 during the 9:30am service.
At 11:00, busy bags are available in the library for hands that would like to stay busy during the service.
A staffed nursery is open during all services for children up to 3 years old.
What to Expect on Sundays
During the 9:30am service, children begin seated in the sanctuary with their parents to participate in all-age appropriate worship that includes music, lighting our chalice, and a story-based Time for All Ages. After a Time for All Ages, the children are escorted to the classrooms for the remainder of the service. Following the service, parents should pick younger children up at their classroom by 10:40am; children from 4th grade and up are released to find their parents. Parents/caregivers are responsible for the care and safety of their children at that time.
Youth Community is also offered at 9:30 am. Middle and high school youth often join the entire congregation for worship services or have RE class in the youth room. You can get more information about the Youth Community here.
Helpful RE Links