The mission of the Youth Religious Education (YRE) Program at Neighborhood Church is to:
NURTURE spiritual growth
HELP develop personal religious beliefs
CREATE a foundation for Unitarian Universalist Identity
FOSTER trust in community, church & humanity
ENCOURAGE living a life that makes a difference
This summer, children who will be entering grades K through 8 in the fall are invited to participate in an exciting summer class entitled Peacing It Together! This class was born out of the Bay Area’s Mosaic Project, which unites children of diverse backgrounds, provides them with essential community building skills, and empowers them to become peacemakers. Peacing It Together! creates a safe, comfortable, fun environment for young people to explore the topics of empathy, diversity, conflict resolution, and peace. It is an experiential, emotional, and multi-sensory approach to teaching that utilizes music, movement, and activities. We hope it will be fun and help shape young people who are empathetic, compassionate, assertive, and empowered justice and peacemakers.
Please encourage your youth who will be entering 9th grade this fall to attend services this summer. This is part of their preparation for Rites of Passage. They need to attend services to reflect upon their own spirituality and beliefs, and to discover some different ways that services can look, because they will be planning their own service with their peers next winter.
Senior High will continue to meet during the summer during 10 a.m. service.
Our regular schedule of classes will resume September 16, 2018- May 19, 2019
Ways We Worship
Youth Worship/Justice Sundays
Periodically throughout the year, all our children will gather together for youth worship and a group activity focused around our social justice theme of child labor. We want to provide children with the experience of ritual; to learn about the ways in which Unitarian Universalists worship, what it means to be part of a larger faith community and to forge relationships with our ministers and staff. During these worship Sundays, an offering will be given and received by the children. At the end of the year, the children will put their money to work by donating the money to a charity, or worthy cause.
Children gain an understanding of the ways in which we worship together by attending the first fifteen minutes of services in the Sanctuary on the first Sunday of every month (K – 8th). Seated with their families, they join with people of all ages in singing hymns, silent prayer and listening to a story. Please see the YRE calendar for specific dates.
Throughout the year, we will have Intergenerational services in which the children and youth (K – 8th) are in the sanctuary for the entire service. These services provide an important opportunity for children to witness first-hand the way their parents worship in the sanctuary when they would usually be in their classrooms. These services tend to be more interactive, plus children and youth have opportunities to co-lead the worship. These services are great for families learning and worshipping together.
Youth Religious Education (YRE) Committee
Within the mission of Neighborhood Church and the Youth Religious Education, the YRE Committee represents congregation concerns about religious education for children and youth and supports the professional staff in realizing the goals of the program.
Meeting once a month with the Director of Religious Education and RE Assistant, committee members plan and implement Religious Education Events, support training sessions, serve as a sounding board for staff decision making and act as religious education ambassadors to the greater church community and families.
If you have concerns or comments about programming for children and youth, please contact Matt Vasko, Director of Religious Education.
Visitors are always welcome!