Children’s Religious Education

Our Religious Education Programs at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke

Nursery

Nursery care is offered for infants-age 3 and is supervised by experienced, paid caregivers.  Linda Wallis is our Nursery Coordinator.  In the nursery, play and storytelling is the focus delivered in a warm, nurturing atmosphere.

 Religious Education Classes

Classes are available for preschool through grade 7 students. All teachers that teach in our children’s programs must pass a background check.

Registration

We ask that parents register each child who will be participating in the Children’s Religious Education Program. Forms are available upstairs in the classrooms.  There is no fee for classes, but those who register their children or youth in our program are expected to volunteer with the Religious Education program.  Classes are offered during the service from 11:00-12:00 and are grouped as follows:

Age 4-Grade 3:  We utilize a variety of curriculum options to teach spiritual and moral values that reflect Unitarian Universalists’ seven principles. Our programs and our teachers seek to connect children with an authentic spiritual experience that is creative and multi-layered.

Grade 4-Grade 7:  In this class we use the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith’s curriculum which incorporate equal emphasis of ethics, faith, spirit, and UU identity.  Our young people are encouraged to search for truth and meaning  and seek personal spiritual growth.  There are several service projects throughout the year that are thematically woven into the curriculum.

Grade 8-Grade 12:  Youth Group, or the Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)

 Youth Group (YRUU)

The Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) is for students in grades 8-12. The YRUU meets weekly on Sundays from 12:30-2:30 to explore UU values in relation to topics that the youth find pertinent. Emphasis is on community building and service, leadership development, worship, fellowship, and social activities. Guidance is provided by adult advisors.

 Schedule

Regular RE classes begin in September and end in June. There are several multigenerational services spread throughout the church year whereby the children and youth will participate heavily in the service.

 Sunday Mornings

On most Sundays, children start in service and then go up to the Religious Education (RE) classrooms upstairs.  RE classes last approximately one hour from 11:00-12:00.  Parents should pick up their children by 12:15.

 Attendance

It’s important to be as consistent as possible in attendance. Familiarity is basic to a sense of belonging and ownership. A child’s comfort level and relationship to the church community is based on attendance.

 Volunteering

Parents’ and other church members’ volunteer time in the RE program is crucial. Our program cannot operate without these volunteers. Please contact Dawn Rees-Blakeman about volunteering either as a lead teacher or assistant teacher in the age 4-grade 3 program or the Grade 4-grade 7 classroom.

 Safety Policy

All teachers and advisors involved in ongoing work with minors are required to pass background checks.  Two teachers will be present in each classroom during regular RE classes.