CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
We strive to be a welcoming and joyful community for our children & youth and offer quality educational programs for spiritual growth. Our religious education programs reflect all of our principles and sources but especially our third principle, “encouragement to spiritual growth,” and our fourth principle, “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Our vision is to create opportunities to live in community with compassion, encourage spiritual growth, and promote social justice and our Unitarian Universalist values.
2020-2021 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM:
Nursery: (Closed during COVID closure)
Our well-equipped nursery is available for use at no charge during the 11 a.m. worship service. Our nursery serves children from 4 months through pre-potty-trained 3-year-olds. Two aides work each Sunday. Parents and others are strongly encouraged to assist with care when there are more than six children in the nursery.
RE Wide Program/PADs service projects:
Once a month, children/youth take a break from regular worship and small group classes to attend a special re wide program. This could be a special class, art project, off-site service project, or new to 2019-2020, PADs dinner preparation. In the past, these RE wide programs have included baking challah, collecting seed at Ryerson Conservation Area, touring the Wildlife Discovery Center, speaking with an alumnus who is serving in the U.S. military overseas, and practicing Yoga.
Religious Exploration at NSUC this fall:
North Shore Unitarian Church is committed to offering religious exploration programs that offer rich opportunities for learning and spiritual growth while recognizing the challenges faced by our children, youth, and parents. Specifically, we seek to provide programs and resources that
- meet the spiritual, social, and emotional needs of children/youth during this challenging time
- teach the principles of antiracism
- explore moral questions, other faiths, and the principles of Unitarian Universalism
- Commit to engendering social action and lives of purpose in our children/youth
Rather than selecting a single curriculum for each age group as we have done in the past, we plan to draw from a wide-variety of curricula and resources to meet the evolving needs of children and youth this year. Some of the curricula we intend to draw from include:
UU Lego Sources: A LEGO®-Centered & Experiential Curriculum on the UU Sources (Elementary)
Growing Antiracist UUs (Elementary)
Popcorn Theology for All Ages (Middle School)
Who We are: How UUs navigate real world challenges (Middle School)
On the Road Together (Youth Group)
Soulful Home: Supporting Families as They Explore the Sacred in Everyday Spaces (families)
Importantly, In adition to providing virtual and in person space at NSUC (as conditions allow), we want to provide your family with resources at home that facilitate faith formation and as conditions allow, family-centered programs at NSUC. More information to come.
Youth Group (9th – 12th grade)
Youth grow deeper in Unitarian Universalism, learn about social justice issues, work on community service projects, participate in youth cons, plan the annual youth-led worship service, and have a ton of fun together!
Youth group begins in the sanctuary at 10:00am, and members leave for their classroom after the Message for All Ages. Youth group meets in the youth room downstairs and is led by an advising team of congregational members.
Special programs offered every other year:
Our Whole Lives (O.W.L): 7th and 8th Grade
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive, sexuality and relationship education program that was developed by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. OWL supports participants in living their principles and values in relationships and having an empowering perspective about their bodies and sexuality. There are six curricula for different ages: grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, young adult (ages 18-35), and adult (18+). The content for each level is developmentally appropriate. For instance, the K-1 level covers familial relationships, body parts, and safety, while the adult level covers changes in bodies and relationships that happen throughout adulthood. NSUC presently only offers the program for 7th/8th graders but expects to offer other classes in the future.
We are committed to making NSUC a safe place for children, youth, and adults. Our congregational safety policy was last revised in January 2017. You can view it here. We are actively working on expanding it to cover additional health and safety situations.
Contact the Congregational Life & Education Coordinator, Congregationallife@nsuc.org, to ask any questions.