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Welcome to the 2017-2018 Religious Enrichment (RE) Program for Children and Youth of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater!
*** 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.
Every Sunday children and youth will attend 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 hearing a story in keeping with the day’s theme before going to their Religious Enrichment Classes, Children’s Worship, or Faith-In-Action Programming.
In order 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 the people around you. Some of the activities that our “Spirit Space” offers are: smaller tables and chairs, finger labyrinths, puzzles, needle work, 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 and/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.
Children’s Worship occurs on the first Sunday of the month. This opportunity allows children to create and explore worship in a way that truly speaks to them. Our Children's Worship has included yoga, singing, drumming, meditation, praying, arts and crafts, discussions, and so much more. Children of all ages are encouraged to play an active part in the worship process. Our goal is to find a way to create an engaging worship experience for all. We encourage youth in 7th-12th grade to assist with Children’s Worship or attend the worship service in the sanctuary.
Faith in Action Programming occurs on the third Sunday of the month. Our focus this year will be on our seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle, "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." Throughout the year we will be exploring, creating, and discovering how gardening can be an important part of Unitarian Universalism as well as begin to address the issue of food insecurity within our own community.
Email our Director of Religious Education.
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.
Kindergarten-2nd Grade class: “Picture Book Unitarian Universalism”
Picture Book Unitarian Universalism is a UU identity curriculum that based on the 36 best picture books for teaching young children about the love, reason, tolerance and good works that make up our faith., This curriculum teaches our younger UUs the art of self-expression, to value individuality, to think for themselves and simplify their lives, and to understand that everything is connected.
3rd-6th Grade class: “Spirit of Adventure”
Spirit of Adventure is a UU identity curriculum that uses unique and engaging activities—dissecting a computer, building cantilever architecture with graham crackers, interviewing a sports coach, using science to prepare food—to learn about our faith. Sports, medicine, food, science, building and exploring are the themes for learning about our history, famous UUs who have made notable contributions to our lives, and ways to incorporate our principles into our daily lives.
T.O.R.C.H Youth Group 7th-12th grade (Meets 12-2pm 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.
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.
Or email our Director of Religious Education.