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Children's Religious Exploration from A to Z

 

Attendance: Please commit to regular attendance! Consistent attendance and involvement in community activities helps children build positive relationships with their peers, teachers, and the congregation.

Calendar: A calendar of upcoming Sundays and other events is available here.

Curriculum: We are a small but growing program. We are currently using a multi-age curriculum, but as the program grows we will expand our offerings for multiple age groups. More information about the curriculum we are currently using is available here.

Dedications: Infant and child dedication ceremonies welcome young children into the community and acknowledge their sacredness. Contact the Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) if you are interested in a ceremony for your child.

Moving?: If your address, phone number, or e-mail address changes during the church year, please notify the Director of Religious Exploration (DRE). This helps ensure that you will continue to receive news and updates about the program and about the larger congregation.

Registration: All children participating in the RE program must be registered. Information and the registration form are available here.

Sunday At-A-Glance: Here is what to expect on a typical Sunday.

  • 10:25 a.m. Arrive at the Fellowship Hall and sign-in your child
  • 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service begins
  • 10:45 a.m. Children leave for their classes in the adjacent building, accompanied by their teachers
  • 12:00 pm  Service ends and parents join children for chalice extinguishing in the Benji room (upstairs in the adjacent building

Visitors: Visitor children are welcome to participate in RE classes. Please seek out the Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) when you arrive, who will introduce you and your child to the teachers. We ask that you fill out a visitor information form so that we will know the needs of your child, and can provide you with information about the program.

Volunteers: The quality of the RE program depends largely on volunteers.  Please consider lending your time and talent! Let the Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) know if you have something to offer.

Worship: Time for reflection and celebration is an important part of children's experiences in our congregation. There are several ways that children are a part of worship at BFUU:

  • Children participate in the first 15 minutes of every Sunday service, which includes words, songs, and a story for all ages.
  • Intergenerational Sunday services are held several times per year. Children attend the entire service, and often take a leadership role in it.
  • Every RE class begins by "lighting" a chalice (using LED battery-operated candles, for safety). We light the chalice, the symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith, for "the warmth of love, the light of truth, and the energy of action".  We come together again to extinguish the chalice with closing words at the end of each lesson.

 

BFUU Religious Exploration Links:

Religious Exploration Home Page

Religious Exploration Calendar

Religious Exploration Teachers

Curriculum

Family Guide

Registration