UUFR offers a Sunday school program for children and youth ages 3 to 13 from 11:15 (11:00 for three to five year olds) to 12:05 pm most Sundays from September through May.
In the 2016-17 program year, we will be offering age-grouped Sunday School programs yearlong for preschool aged children and teens. Elementary-aged children will be in age-grouped Sunday School programs for the majority of the year, with a two month elective period in January-February of 2017.
Parents are required to register children and youth who will be regularly attending Sunday school or participating in other programs for children and youth.
What Will My Child Learn?
The nineteenth-century Unitarian minister William Ellery Channing wrote, “The great end of religious instruction is not to stamp our minds irresistibly upon the young but to stir up their own . . . to touch inward springs.”
We have a strong faith in the inherent spirituality of children and see it as our task to nurture, not to indoctrinate. Our respect for the children teaches them respect–for themselves, for others, and for this fragile interdependent web of which we are all a part.
Children learn in different ways. That means that we must offer multiple approaches that engage the child’s body, spirit, imagination, and sense of curiosity. Stories, discussion, games, art projects, and music are just some of the means we use to help children explore their world and gain new knowledge and insights.
Our children learn that all big questions have many answers, and that it is their duty to search responsibly for their own answers. But we also give children a foundation on which to build their own values.
UUFR’s Sunday school programs use religious education curricula created by the Unitarian Universalist Association to offer a balanced religious exploration program that includes Unitarian Universalist identity, history, practice, and values, ethical behavior, social justice, and the teachings and practices of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and other world religions.