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Grades K-6 & 7-12

 

Children and Youth Education

 

Children's Religious Education (RE) Programs

*** Due to allergies the entire RE program is tree nut- and peanut-free.

 

Unitarian Universalism teaches that religious growth and learning are a lifelong process.  Together we seek to provide our children and youth with the experiences and tools to encourage their own religious development and to ground them in the ethical and spiritual dimensions of life. Our program is designed to help young people deepen their Unitarian Universalist faith and to learn Unitarian Universalist history and values; to appreciate the richness and diversity of other world religions; and to teach our children to integrate their faith and values through social justice and service.

 

Westwood Nursery (infant - 5 years old): We have an active VPK group and some babies currently in our nursery class. Nursery aged children may be dropped off anytime after 10am and picked up before 12:15pm. Parents may attend coffee fellowship before picking up their children, but are asked to not leave the UUC campus while their children are under our care.

Kindergarten - 8th Grade: Every Sunday children from Kindergarten through 8th grade will attend the beginning of the worship service in the sanctuary with their families. They will participate with the rest of the congregation in lighting the chalice, singing hymns and passing the peace before going to their religious education (RE) classes. Children can be picked up in Surti Hall (the building across the sidewalk from the Octagon building). 

9th-12th Grades: The TORCH group meets from noon to 2pm each Sunday. Youth are encouraged to attend worship with their families as they grow into their UU faith.

 

To give children the opportunity to truly embrace the spirit of our Unitarian Universalist faith through worship, we have created a Spirit Space in our sanctuary.  This is a sacred space.  We ask that everyone speak quietly and be mindful of other people. Some of the activities that our Spirit Space offers are: smaller tables and chairs, finger labyrinths, puzzles, needlework, coloring sheets, books, water painting and other quiet activities in keeping with the theme of the worship service.  Children may choose to sit with their families or explore the Spirit Space as part of their worship experience.  Our Spirit Space is located at the upper left area as you enter the sanctuary near the large window.

 

UUC's Children's Religious Education Safety Policy & Procedures

 

Nursery (Westwood Room) ages 0-4 years old

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers enjoy the loving attention (including free play, art, and music) of experienced staff and volunteers within easy proximity to the Sanctuary. The worship service can be heard by our childcare workers via the house sound system.

Other classes

Children are divided into classes based on age, typically K-second, third and fourth grades and fifth and sixth.

T.O.R.C.H Youth Group seventh-12th grade (Meets 12 to 2 p.m. in the Mahatma Gandhi Room)

TORCH stands for Teen Organization Reaching for Community Harmony

In partnership with their youth advisors, our youth explore theology, spirituality, history and other topics of interest through discussion, music and art as well as a number of hands-on social service opportunities.  Our youth also plan and deliver at least one worship service annually, and plan or volunteer for a number of events at UUC as well as in the wider community.

 

A Note Regarding Registration...

Registering your children and youth in the Religious Enrichment (RE) program provides us with accurate information, and helps ensure that they will not miss mail that their teachers might send.  We ask that newcomers fill out a Guest Registration form to inform us of your children’s interests, special needs and food allergies.  Then, after three visits please register your children for the remainder of the year.  We do not charge a fee for our religious enrichment program.  If you would like to make a voluntary donation, please make checks payable to:  Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater.  In the memo section, please write “RE Program Contribution.”

 

There’s a place for everybody and their time and talents as we create a flourishing RE experience that embodies the essence of our UUC ministry, shapes young lives and shines on the future of our congregation.  We offer many volunteer opportunities that will not only nurture the spiritual lives of our children and youth but yours as well.

Register by downloading and printing a form here: Grades K-6 or Grades 7-12 

Or email our Director of Religious Education.

 

 

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