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Religious Exploration


 
Welcome families & visitors! The best way to understand our program is through experience. Please read about our program and join us on Sunday morning. Please try to arrive about 15 minutes before the service. Greeters will welcome you and someone will help you and your children find the appropriate rooms. Arriving a bit early allows time to get comfortable, meet the leaders or child care providers, and fill out a visitor registration form. Please let the supervising adult know of any special needs or allergies to best provide a positive experience for your child.
 
We encourage you to go with your children to their sessions to help them find their way and get comfortable. If you do not arrive early just go with the rest of the children and leaders, let them know you are new, and they will help you find your children's rooms. You are welcome to stay in the session or activity with your child if that is more comfortable for you.
 
Nursery Care
 
The nursery rooms are equipped for children three and under. It is important that children are safe and well cared for and that their parents are comfortable. Families are encouraged to take the time to help make their children comfortable and inform the child care providers about any anticipated needs. Two child-care providers from the congregation engage and guide the children.

Nursery care is available from 15 minutes before to 15 minutes after the worship service.

Parenting young children is demanding and just getting to church can be a challenge. Ideally, parents should attend the service and be nurtured by it!  However, spending time in the child care rooms provides an opportunity to get to know the child care providers, the other children, and see what your child experiences. It's also a chance to meet and talk with other families when they pick-up their children. You are welcome to sit in any time, and after 1 year, you can volunteer and help provide child care for others!

RE Children & Youth Program Overview
 
The Basics
 
All children (PreK-8th) & youth (9-12th) begin their Sunday morning experience in the sanctuary in worship service with their families. Most Sundays, they are "sung out" to their classes after the Message for All Ages (about 15 minutes or so into the regular worship service.)

Religious Exploration classes and activities last 15 minutes after the worship service. Children in 4th grade or younger need to be picked up in their classrooms by their parents/guardians.

After their third visit, families must complete the UCH RE registration form, located along the right side of this page. This helps our DRE monitor attendance, communicate with families, and tailor activities for their children & youth.

2017-18
 
Children RE - Infants to 8th Graders:

- Provided each week at both campuses
- Nursery - integrated into family-style Religious Exploration with dedicated adult supervision, not in a separate room
- Monthly programming includes:
  • Two weeks of programmed curriculum (this year is UU Identity through Signs of Our Faith) tailored to younger and older interests and abilities
  • One week of ActionSpace - a current-events social justice themed based on learning and activities (for example, in September we learned about immigration and detention centers; kids from 4 to 16 drew posters for a vigil at the Berks County Detention Center held later that day, tried singing "This Little Light of Mine" in Spanish, created egg shakers for vigil participants, and discussed the fairness and equity of detaining refugees)
  • One-to-two weeks of MakerSpace - an opportunity for kids to experience the 7 UU Principles and practice UU values and fellowship around self-directed activities (CrafterSpace, TinkerSpace, BakerSpace, GardenerSpace, BuilderSpace, MoverSpace)
- Upcoming:
 
Youth RE - 9th - 12th Graders:

- Scheduled alternating weeks at each campus to increase exposure to congregation and work with Youth schedules 
- Monthly programming includes:
  • Two weeks of Youth-Advisor-staffed programmed curriculum (this year is UU Identity and leadership development through Bringing the Web to Life,) discussion of current events through a UU lens, planning of Youth Led Service (Spring 2018,) planning of Youth Service Trip (early Summer 2018)
  • Two-to-three weeks of less structured activity - Youth participating/assisting in Action or MakerSpace, attending service as a group/serving in the sanctuary (as lay liturgist, greeter, usher, performer, running sound, setting up for coffee hour, etc.)
Young Adult/Adult RE:

- Young Adult-focused programming in a growing phase; working with Rev. Lyn and Young Adults to listen to problems and solutions
- Adult RE includes mix of informal and formal groups and workshops:
  • Sunday Morning Forum at Clover Lane
  • Covenant Groups at both campuses
  • Journey to Justice at Clover Lane
  • Minister Discussion Group at Market Street
  • Examining Whiteness at Clover
  • upcoming - Adult OWL for Winter 2018
Please feel free to contact Sara Palmer, Director of Religious Exploration through the forms link above with any questions.
 
Children’s Version of UU Principles
 
A Child’s Version of the Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles

We, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church, believe that:

    all people are important
    we should be kind and fair
    we should accept other people and help them to grow
    we should figure out for ourselves what is true and good
    we should do what our consciences tell us is right
    people should have a voice and a vote about things that concern them
    we should work for peace and freedom everywhere and try to make the world one family
    we should take care of the earth which gives us life

In our church we learn from and get our beliefs from many sources:

    our own sense of the wonder of life
    the Jewish and Christian religions and many other religions from around the world
    earth-centered religions which celebrate life and teach us to live in harmony with nature;
    knowledge gained by people through science and reason
    the lives of people who have worked to make the world a better place
    our thoughts and experiences

We are glad we can come together to help and support each other in our efforts to grow and live good lives.

adapted by Rev. Tony Larsen and Ellen Schmidt
 
 
Emergency Evacuation

In case of an emergency evacuation of the building there is a designated meeting area for RE participants and the adults responsible for them. Teachers will escort the children to this location and take attendance.  Teachers will release children and youth to their responsible adult when the adult arrives to the designated area. All adults should let the teachers know when they pick-up their child or teen. Designated church leaders will search the buildings and evacuate anyone remaining. 
 
 
Clover Lane
 
The brown shed at the lower parking lot.
Market Street
 
The designated meeting place is the sidewalk to the left front doors of the church.
 
 
 
 




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