Grades K – 1
9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Curriculum: Spirit Play
Based on the Montessori method, Spirit Play uses ritual storytelling with props to help children find the religious language to live into their own answers to existential questions such as: Who am I? Where did I come from? How do I choose to live my life and what are my gifts? Teachers guide children through a prepared and structured environment that allows them to explore their own interests at their own pace.
Spirit Play stories include topics relating to our Principles, Sources, world religions and UU history and liturgy with a special emphasis on our sixth principle, “We work for a fair and peaceful world.”
Grades 2 – 5 at 9:30
Grades 2-3 at 11:30
Curriculum: Signs of Our Faith
This program helps children identify what they love and discover how they can do their best to live that love faithfully every day. Signs of Our Faith presents 14 traits or values that most Unitarian Universalists love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives exhibit these traits and values and they come to understand that their faith is one whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living conscientiously in a complex world.
Grades 4 – 5
9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Curriculum: Toolbox of Faith
Toolbox of Faith invites fourth and fifth-grade participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each session uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith. For instance, reflection is symbolized by a mirror, flexibility is represented by duct tape, and a flashlight serves to illustrate justice. Reflecting on the qualities (tools) of our faith, children and leaders gain insight into what makes our faith important in our lives and how we can grow in that faith.
All 16 sessions in Toolbox of Faith follow the same structure. Between an opening ritual and the Council Circle (which incorporates reflection, sharing joys and concerns, and a closing ritual), a number of activities guide participants to investigate a particular facet of Unitarian Universalist faith. Each session includes hands-on exploration of a Tool of the Day and engagement with a central story.
Children and youth in kindergarten through fifth grade who attend regular Children and Youth Religious Education classes will start out in the service with the adults, heading to their classes after the board member’s welcome.