Children’s RE Program
Beginning the first Sunday after Labor Day through May 30, the Religious Exploration (RE) program will include a focus on the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula. Tapestry of Faith is a lifespan curricula which has four goals:
- Unitarian Universalist Identity
- Spiritual Development
- Ethical Development
- Faith Development
We encourage children, youth and adults to express their understanding of Unitarian Universalism by: serving community, living one’s faith, seeking truth and creating love. With these aspirations we hope the tapestry we weave will be one of beauty and symbolic of our values, vision and mission.
|The Sunday Schedule (2012-2013)|
|10:00 – 11:00 am|
|3rd-5th||Toolbox of Faith|
|6th-8th||Using a variety of resources from Tapestry of Faith, the Uniteens will explore values while exploring other Religious Traditions in our community.)|
|9th-12th||Building community is an important aspect for the YRUU group. The youth will have input as they explore what it means to build beloved community.|
Our church has two youth programs for grades 7 through high school…
Uniteens is a group of 7-8th graders who meet on Sunday mornings with their advisors/ religious education teachers. During this time they usually share something about their lives during a check-in time, maybe have a snack and then discuss aspects of their curriculum. Uniteens can also participate in special social events such as weekend youth conferences, overnights, parties and outdoor events. They collaborate with their advisors on how to put their values and beliefs into action through a variety of social justice projects. Uniteens have opportunities to learn and demonstrate leadership through providing childcare, planning and participating in Youth Sunday once a year, and serving on the Youth-Adult Committee which focuses on long-term planning and oversight of youth activities.
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists include 9-12th graders who are mentored by two youth advisors/religious education teachers and other occasional adult mentors. The YRUU group meets on Sunday mornings and collaborates with their advisors on the content of this hour. Both Uniteens and YRUU focus on the six components of youth ministry: learning, social justice, youth-adult relations, worship, community building and leadership in a variety of ways. YRUU may use a curriculum such as this year’s UU Identity or decide on another focus for discussion and activities. The YRUU group also participates in social activities such as youth conferences, parties, overnights, weekend retreats and more. With their youth advisors they decide on social justice projects to do. Leadership opportunities include planning and leading Youth Sunday every year, serving on the Youth-Adult Committee and possibly other church committees. There are also leadership opportunities with the Mountain Desert District and the cluster youth-adult committee.
Religious Exploration for Children and Youth in the Summer
Children are welcome to attend the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos during the summer months. We don’t offer structured religious exploration (RE) classes for children or youth, but do encourage parents to bring their children as often as possible.
On Sundays from 10-11 we offer:
a) A time for families to experience and participate in worship services together through Time for All Ages
b) Supervised childcare activities
c) Nursery care for infants-3 years
Youth (7-12th grades) can stay in the service or meet with each other in the YRUU room. However, there is no supervision for teens other than parents who bear responsibility for their teens’ safety and behavior. Youth can also volunteer to help with childcare provided they have completed the required orientation.
For a detailed description of summer activities, download the PDF file.