"We should not hesitate to help our children see what they learn and feel here is Unitarianism and that our effort in the direction of liberal religion is born of deep commitment to life. Through worship and through learning and through relationships with others, it is the love of life we are doing our best to help along."
Church school is in session on Sunday during both the 9:30AM and 11:15AM worship services during the regular church year (September through May.) During the summer we offer a multi-age program during our one service at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Classrooms are on UUC’s lower level.
9:30AM & 11:15AM – Ages: Birth to approximately age two.
A safe and happy environment in our fully equipped nursery. Children receive individual attention to help them feel comfortable and happy with new friends and experiences. They enjoy stories, songs, activities, and sensory experiences. Infant & toddler care are cooperative efforts of volunteer teachers and parents. All teen volunteers have attended a Baby Sitting class and have experience working with infants and toddlers.
9:30AM & 11:15AM – Ages: approximately 2½ to 4 years and potty trained. Our preschool program offers children between the ages of 2½ and 4 the opportunity to learn a little bit about their religious community, rituals, and traditions, make friends, have fun, play and explore the world around them. Preschool care is a cooperative effort of volunteer teachers and parents.
9:30AM & 11:15 AM – Spirit Play is a Montessori approach to religious education. In an intergenerational community, the children are given freedom within a structure to make meaning of the big questions that they wonder about invoking their innate creativity and spirituality. The program is rich in the story-telling tradition and facilitates children learning in a multi-age community while, at the same time, providing opportunities to think and work independantly.
9:30AM & 11:15 AM – Free to Believe. This curriculum explores Unitarian Universalist principles using a wide variety of hands-on activities, stories, games, songs and discussions. Toward the end of the year, the class will venture into some of life's big questions using the same mix of hands-on activities. It includes experiences that nurture and enrich children's spiritual development, including a array of meditations, ritual chalice lightings and closings, and opportunities to explore the wonders of nature. A typical session includes: welcoming time, sharing time, movement time, story time, exploring time, social time, activity time, inner time, and closing time.
9:30 & 11:15 AM – Windows and Mirrors. Windows and Mirrors nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters.
Mirrors in which they can see themselves,
windows in which they can see the world.
— Lucille Clifton, African American poet, writer and educator
11:15 a.m. only - This group begins their spiritual jouney with a curriculum called Compass Points to give them a framework and context for religion as a whole and to begin to delve more deeply into Unitarian Universalism history and beliefs and what they, themselves, believe. Then, they will learn about other faiths using the Neighboring Faiths curriculum and some field trips to other faiths' houses of worship. The middle school group will also have several fun, community building activities spaced throughout the year. Middle school youth are all welcome at these whether they attend classes or not.