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 and humanity
ENCOURAGE living a life that makes a difference
Our regular schedule of classes is held from September 15, 2019- May 17, 2020
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. enable them to learn about the ways in which Unitarian Universalists worship, educate them about what it means to be part of a larger faith community, and encourage them 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 proceeds to a charity or other 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 Family Sundays in which the children and youth (grades K – 8) are in the sanctuary for the entire service. These services provide an important opportunity for children to witness firsthand the way their parents worship in the sanctuary when they would usually be in their classrooms. These services tend to be more interactive and they can give children and youth the chance to co-lead the worship. These services are great for families learning and worshipping together.
If you have concerns or comments about programming for children and youth, please contact Matt Vasko, Director of Religious Education.
Visitors are always welcome!