Children & Youth Connections
We invite all young people to join us to share our time and hearts together!
Programs are offered September 19 through May
Nursery (9:00 and 10:45 am): Ages 6 month–3 years: Children will be supervised in a safe and nurturing environment that encourages creativity and group play. The children who are ready for organized activities will begin group activities and story time to better prepare them for the 4K-K classroom.
4K-Kindergarten: 9:00 am CST: Zoom classes will be on the first and third Sundays of each month. Parents with registered children will receive the new link. 10:45 am: In-person classes will meet in the Capek Room before service begins.
Students will be introduced to the rituals and classroom structure of religious education. These include chalice lighting, joys and concerns, UU Principles and Sources. Our goal is to build an environment of safety and curiosity that begins the path to individual UU Identity and spiritual development.
Religious Exploration: Grades 1-6
9:00 am CST: Zoom classes will be on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Parents with registered children will receive the new link. 10:45 am: In-person classes will meet in the Curiosity Stable (Anthony Room) before service begins.
Students in this group will gather for the chalice lighting and sharing of joys and concerns before being introduced to a lesson based on our monthly themes. After the lesson introduction, students will continue their exploration of the topic by choosing one of two (or more if offered) activities to participate in via breakout rooms.
Religious Education Safety
Please contact director of religious education Kim Hartman at firstname.lastname@example.org or religious education assistant Eve Rosera at email@example.com with questions.
Welcome to our Religious Education Program. Here at the Fellowship, we are passionate about providing quality programs and educational experiences for all of our young people. We strive to support and enhance whole child development, cultivate a sense of wonder and reverence for the gifts of life, nurture a deeper understanding of those things that go beyond words and foster a deep sense of social responsibility. Our RE program encourages the use of critical thinking skills to help our young people create an understanding of their place in the world.
With over 200 children involved in the RE programs each year, we work hard to create a culture of connectedness and belonging. We are a big church program with a small church “feel.” Our programs endeavor to cultivate a sense of belonging and community; a community where people of all ages are recognized for their unique contributions and gifts to the larger whole.
We believe that the educational experiences we provide at the Fellowship will enrich the lives of our young people; that the tools and skills that they acquire here will set a pattern of lifelong learning and spiritual growth. It is our desire that the lessons learned in our classrooms will not only cultivate individual growth but that the education provided here will ultimately contribute to the good of the larger world community.
It is a pleasure and privilege to work with the children of the Fellowship. We look forward to working with you and your family!
Kim Hartman, Director of Religious Education
The Fellowship’s Religious Education program…
Religious Education Philosophy and Goals
It is our belief that Religious Education is a lifelong process, and we seek to provide programs for all age groups. We also strive to appeal to the interests and concerns of our diverse congregation. Our programs are based on the assumption that young people receive their primary religious education in the home. Our efforts are in support of families who are raising their children with respect for liberal religious values.
We endeavor to provide an educational ministry to our program participants that will enable each person to:
We look to the sources of the living tradition to inform our choices in curricula and other materials.
The living tradition we share draws from many sources: