Children & Youth Religious Education – We have an exciting lineup of programs for children and youth at People’s Church this coming church year.
Preschool – The Rainbow Connection
Our preschoolers will be using the seven UU principles to learn about justice, fairness, trust, responsibility and respect.
Kindergarten – 6th grades – World Religions
Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Paganism and Unitarian Universalism will all be explored by these kids as they learn about the stories, rituals, gods and goddesses of these religious traditions.
7-8th Grade – Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (OWL)
This year long program is the cornerstone of the OWL program which includes classes for Kindergarten through Adults. These middle school aged youth will learn about responsibility, communication, bullying, values and decision making skills.
9-10th Grade – Jedi Academy Coming of Age
This new Coming of Age program uses mindfulness and Star Wars as the instruments to help them meaningfully and thoughtfully “come of age.” These youth will discern and articulate their faith statements and share these with the congregation this spring in a Sunday service they plan and lead.
11-12th Grade – World Religions
Through a variety of field trips to various houses of worship, these youth will explore some of the world’s major religious traditions first hand. Making personal connections is one of the best ways to learn about other faith traditions to help dispel misperceptions and build bridges of understanding and respect.
If you have a youth interested in 7/8th grade OWL or 9/10th grade Coming of Age and didn’t receive a letter in the mail, please contact me to add your student to our roster.
I’m looking forward to another wonderful year together filled with religious growth and learning for all ages in our congregation.
Diane Melvin, Director of Religious Education
Clean up and Set up Help Needed!
5:00-8:00 PM 8/29, 30 & 9/1
Please come to one or all of the RE clean up days and help us get our classroom and church ready for the new year. Many hands make light work. There are jobs suitable for all ages of helpers and childcare can be available for the littles if requested.
Please RSVP to Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 375-3262 so I know how many pizzas to order!
RE Teacher Orientation
Saturday, September 9th 1:00-4:00 PM
All religious education teachers are encouraged to attend this important afternoon session. In addition to a brief overview on the nuts and bolts of working with our children and youth, opportunities will be available to meet your team teachers and plan your teaching schedules for the year.
Coming of Age Parent/Youth Orientation
Sunday, September 17th, Noon – 2:00 PM
Do you have a 9th or 10th grader interested in participating in this innovative new Jedi Academy Coming of Age Program? Please attend the orientation to learn more about the schedule and expectations for the year.
RSVP childcare and lunch needs to Diane Melvin.
OWL Parent Orientation
Sunday September 24th Noon – 3:30 PM
The parents/guardians of all 7th and 8th graders who will be participating in the Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education class are required to attend this orientation session. This recently updated curriculum is at the forefront of sexuality education materials nationally. If you did not get a letter in the mail, please contact Diane Melvin.
Don’t forget to RSVP for lunch and childcare!