Dreamers – Chalice Children3 year olds

Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. (11am, Susan B. Anthony in Lower Peace Hall)

TEACHERS: TBD

Discoverers – SpiritPlay4 year olds (as of Sept. 1)

Spiritplay helps children to live into their own answers to the existential questions: Where did we come from? What are we doing here?  How do we choose to live our lives?  What happens when we die?  Spiritplay utilizes a Montessori approach which frees the children to work at their own pace on their own issues after an initial  lesson or story within a safe and sacred structure shepherded by two caregivers. (11am, Dorothea Dix room in Lower Peace Hall.)

TEACHERS: Jennifer Williams, Susan Carswell-Hurdis.

Wonderers – SpiritPlay, Kindergarten

Spiritplay helps children to live into their own answers to the existential questions: Where did we come from? What are we doing here?  How do we choose to live our lives?  What happens when we die?  Spiritplay utilizes a Montessori approach which frees the children to work at their own pace on their own issues after an initial  lesson or story within a safe and sacred structure shepherded by two caregivers.  (Students attend the first portion of the service with their families and adjourn to the Thomas Jefferson room in lower Peace Hall following the Time for all Ages.

TEACHERS: Kathryn Reis (Spiritplay Coordinator), Susan-Carswell-Hurdis

Investigators – World of Wonder, 1st-3rd grades

This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development. Time spent experiencing and exploring nature during the kindergarten and first grade years can set a pattern for the rest of children’s lives, bringing lasting openness to the wonder nature can spark. (Students attend the first portion of the service with their families and adjourn to the Emerson Room in Upper Peace Hall following the Time for all Ages).

TEACHERS: David Vanderweide, Linda Puertolas

Orienteers –Toolbox of Faith, 4th and 5th grades

Orienteers will spend their year exploring the teachings of Jesus, the historical figure, through contemporary and ancient sources. Our goal is not only to educate students about Jesus as a a person, but also about his significance in society as we know it. Upon doing this, students will be better prepared to understand a world that bases many of its ideals in Christianity while being a safe space where dogma is never pushed onto them. (Students attend the first portion of the service with their families and adjourn to the Schweitzer Room in Upper Peace Hall following the Time for all Ages).

TEACHERS: Amy Ferlo, Amy Witynski-Holmes

Voyagers – Building Bridges6th and 7th grades

Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.  (Students attend the first portion of the service with their families and adjourn to the Teen Cave in Lower Founder’s Hall following the Time for all Ages).

TEACHERS: Amy Witynski-Holmes, Amy Ferlo

Builders Club, 1st-5th graders who love hands-on activities.

Once again, we will be offering an alternative to traditional Sunday School classes to our elementary-aged students.  The Builder’s club explores UU principles and positive social interactions while engaging in hands-on building projects.  Led on most weeks by Bo Chagnon, this class seeks to be intentionally inclusive and exceptionally affirming for any and all who wish to attend.  (Students attend the first portion of the service with their families and adjourn to the Beatrix Potter room in Lower Peace Hall following the Time for all Ages).

TEACHER: Bo Chagnon

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL), 8th grade

A comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior by providing accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. Advanced registration required. (Clara Barton)

A Parent /Youth Orientation Session will be held on September 23rd.

FACILITATORS: Hunter Strickland, Aaron Prestrud, Beth Nicholson, Kim Breivogel

COMING OF AGE (COA), 9th grade

Coming of Age is a program through which the Fellowship fosters the transition of its children into youth. 9th graders  meet Sunday mornings from September through May. Youth participants in the program develop a greater sense of what they believe through discussion, conversations with adult mentors who are members of the congregation, participating in group meetings, retreats and workshops, and taking an optional trip to Boston to learn more about our Unitarian Universalist history. At the end of the year, Coming of Age graduates are invited to sign the membership book to formally join our congregation and lead a worship service to share their credos, the personal faith statements they have developed over the course of the year.  Advanced registration and year long participation is required. (Music Room)

Click here for the 2018-19 schedule.

FACILITATORS: Theresa Rheinhardt, Todd Silberman, Chris Martens and Michael Oakes.

If you have any questions about our Sunday School classes or Youth Programming, please contact Tryst Chagnon, Director of Religious Education.