“Sunday School”- We call it Religious Exploration! (RE)

For Kids 5+:

Each Sunday from 10 to 10:45, downstairs in Room 2. Followed by 11am multi-generational service in the Upstairs Sanctuary.

Lead Teacher:

Stephanie Bentley, always with at least one other adult volunteer to support.

Current Curriculum: Love Will Guide Us

“​In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.”

For more information, go here

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveguide

Questions and concerns about CRE? Interested in serving as a volunteer with this class?

Email Stephanie Bentley at stephmacbentley@gmail.com


Children’s & Youth Ministry Explained

The religious exploration program at UUFF exists to cultivate our children and youth’s capacity to love radically, wonder continually, and change the world with acts of bravery and compassion. We do this using the tools of our historic and progressive faith, Unitarian Universalism, and within the covenanted church community of UUFF.

As individuals our core values underlie everything we say and do, and how we behave. We believe values are taught and caught. That is why UU religious education for children is focused on teaching and establishing core values early on to build a solid foundation for future leaders.

Values taught by UU religious education for children are inspired by our UU Principles:

  • The importance and uniqueness of each person and family
  • Fairness and kindness in all our interactions
  • Spiritual growth
  • Lifelong learning
  • Democracy and a voice for all people
  • A world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect and careful tending of our shared Earth home

Activities

Our Sunday morning program for children consists of the following activities:

  • Workshops
  • Stories
  • Discussions
  • Games
  • Arts and Crafts

Church Youth Group: (6-8th grade)

UUFF is in exploration to form a new Youth Group (6-8th grade) who together regularly to support one another’s interests and accomplishments, learn and enforce the core values, and to just have a some fun. They would meet Sunday’s at 10am, plus other times as agreed!

Some of the things we would do in the Youth Group include attending theater performances – many times in which one of our children or youth is performing. We enjoy going on group hikes, and other fun outdoor activities. And we also like to host movie and pizza nights at the church.

These kind of activities depend on our members and friends caring for and participation to provide activities for our youth. Sign up to get to know our youth, and help them learn the UU values by your example! Sign up Here: I’ll Help RE! 


Nursery

The Nursery, offering care from 9:45am-12pm each Sunday for children newly born through age four or so, is led by our Nursery Coordinator, Taylor Hogue with a nursery staff.


Religious Education Team

UUFF’s RE leadership team consists of Brooke Eldredge (adult RE), Stephanie Bentley (CRE), Teresa Youngblood (COA), and Theresa Parrish (OWL), with Adele Coleman as head. The function of the RE Team is to provide continuity and support for all RE teachers.