Children and Youth
2017-2018 Religious Education Registration
Please register your child(ren) if they are participating in any religious education programming (nursery, Sunday programming, Coming of Age, or High School Youth Group) during this church year. We need a new one each year, for each child: babies who may try the nursery through 12th graders. It’s quick and easy and helps us meet their needs and yours. Thank you!
Coming of Age
During the coming year we will be offering Coming of Age to all 7th-8th graders in our UCM community. This uniquely Unitarian Universalist program is designed to mark the transition from childhood to youth. Click here to find out more about this year-long program. Sign-up here make sure we keep you in the loop as we begin further planning, including the orientation at the end of August 2017.
It Takes a Village
Listen to volunteer Religious Education teacher Nancy Schulz as she describes the funny and enriching moments of her first year teaching in our UCM Religious Education program. Then, please take a moment to email our Acting Dir. of Religious Education, Liza Earle-Centers, and let her know of your interests and skill set so we can find the right match for you helping out with RE. It takes a village to offer rich programming for kids, youth and adult religious education! (Nancy shared this story as part of the local Extempo storytelling competition in April 2017. She tied for second place!) Enjoy!
Most Unitarian Universalist congregations have child dedication ceremonies for infants and children. This special ritual is a blessing for the new life within our community, an expression of the hopes of the parents, and a promise by the congregation to support and nurture the child in its spiritual life. Our next Child Dedication will be this fall. Please contact Rev. Joan at ucm.revjoan @gmail.com or Liza Earle-Centers, Acting DRE ucm.dre @gmail.com if you’d like more information and/or you’d like your child to be a part of such a dedication ceremony. Keep your eye out for announcements in the e-newsletter as well.
Other RE resources:
- Calendar of UCM Religious Education 2017-2018 (coming soon)
- Help us keep our kids happy during coffee hour. Sign-up here to help with the snack table.
- Most Sundays are “RE Sundays” meaning after a little time in the sanctuary, the congregation sings the RE students and teachers out (pre-K – 5th graders to the Children’s Chapel (aka “The Green Rug” while 6th-8th graders exit the back of the sanctuary to the Bell Tower room).
- We have five Sundays that are ‘multigen.’ Multi-generational worship includes an order of service geared toward engaging all ages in the sanctuary together. These are fun and special services (see FAQ below)!
- During school vacation weeks, many families are out of town and we don’t have enough kids for separate RE classes. So we have ‘RE one room schoolhouse’ in which we try to dynamic activities for pre-school – 8th graders all together in the Children’s Chapel. This is usually led by the DRE or another guest facilitator and the RE teachers can have a day off. Help from willing parents is very welcomed on these “one room” days!
Kids Annual Meeting a Success!
Our 5th principle teaches us that the Unitarian Universalist faith is a democratic one and that all people need a voice. So, on Sunday May 21, 2017 while the adults met in the sanctuary for their Annual meeting, 12 kids participated in the first ever UCM Kids / Youth Annual Meeting!
After starting with snack and team building, we lit the chalice and voted on a “kids choice” community pouch recipient for one month of next church year. (Therapy Dogs of VT won.) We took nominations from the floor of items they’d love to see for special treats occasionally at the snack table (popcorn, juice boxes, and watermelon were the winners). They also voted for the song to go with the photo slideshow on RE Sunday on June 4th. (The winner was “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.) Thanks to all the kids for putting our 5th principle into practice and to members of the Religious Education committee for your support. We will hope to make this an annual tradition!