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Children & Youth Classes and Programs - Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Religious Exploration Curriculum InformationSummer 2019 RE Runs from June 16, 2019 – September 8, 2019 RE 2019-20 Runs from September 15, 2019 - June 14, 2020 Summer 2020 RE Runs from June 21, 2020 – September 13, 2020 Chalice Chapels: 6 years-12 years of ageChalice Chapels are worship services for children ages 6-12, held instead of Religious Exploration classes on Sundays during the week of a public-school holiday or national holiday. These classes will consist of interactive, engaging art activities, games, singing and engaging in different spiritual practices. The dates for these chalice chapels will be: September 22, 2019; October 20, 2019; November 10, and 24, 2019; December 1, 2019; January 19 2020; February 16, and 23, 2020; March 15, 2020; April 12, and 19, 2020; and May 24, 2020. The Nursery: Six Weeks to Five YearsOur paid caregivers warmly welcome infants and toddlers to our nursery. The nursery accepts children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Children of all ages are also welcome in the service at all times. There is a quiet room in the loft of the Sanctuary for those families who want privacy. The nursery is open from 10:15 to 12:15 on Sunday mornings. On Sundays when there is a multigenerational service offered (children and youth remain in these services to worship together with adults), children up to age 5 can attend the nursery. Kindergarten – Third Grade “Spirit Play”Spirit Play is the Montessori approach to Religious Education. Adapted for Unitarian Universalism by Dr. Nita Penfold, Spirit Play focuses on a child's natural spirituality and wonder about the world to help the child engage in religious life. The creators of Spirit Play see the purpose of religious education to be helping children live into their own answers to the existential questions such as “where did we come from?” “where are we going?” and “what are we doing here?” In each session children will hear a story and then experience a time for art expression relating to that story or another story that was heard earlier in the year. The stories have a Unitarian Universalist focus and seek to build a UU identity through lessons pertaining to our religious symbol the Flaming Chalice, our Seven Principles (called Promises in this program), and our Six Sources. Children are welcomed into our K-3 Spirit Play classroom by a Door Keeper, who readies them for the lesson. The Story Teller leads the day's lesson and helps the children engage in the wondering questions about the story. Both the Door Keeper and the Story Teller assist the children during their independent expression time. 4th-6th Grade – “The Questing Year”This curriculum engages children in four different quests connected through the central themes and purposes of faith development and social action. It is both challenging and fun, offering learnings that will foster both understanding and growth. It is an activity-based curriculum created by the Shelter Rock UU Congregation and adapted by DRE Rev. Cynthia Westby. The Year’s Four Quests will be interwoven throughout the year. They are: UU Quest – Exploring Unitarian Universalism; outstanding UU people; UU principles; thinking …