Children & Youth Connections
We invite all young people to join us to share our time and hearts together!
In order to provide a safe learning experience for our children, registration of all children between the ages of Pre-K through 12th grade is required in order to receive Zoom links. Please contact Kim Hartman, director of religious education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920.731.0849 with questions regarding registration.
Children’s Chapel: Pre-K through 1st grade and 2nd through 6th grade
Two Sundays per month September through May
Time 9:00 AM CST, Meeting on Zoom
Children will gather in age-appropriate groups 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 activities to participate in via breakout rooms.
Resources to support parents as primary, in-home religious educators will be sent via email on a monthly basis so families can feel more empowered to delve more deeply into their faith practice together.
Crossing Paths (Formerly Building Bridges): 7th-12th grade
Sundays September through May
Time 11:00 AM CST, Meeting on Zoom
This course leads students through an exploration of various contemporary faith groups and seeks to work towards respect and understanding. Questioning is encouraged, and differences are encountered with open minds and hearts. We lift up the core pieces of other faiths, and we also compare and contrast those faith’s beliefs and practices with those of our UU faith. While the program is built around interfaith engagement, its focus is really on UU youth identity formation.
Please contact director of religious education Kim Hartman at email@example.com or religious education assistant Eve Rosera at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The Zoom link is the same for all children and youth gatherings. Registration acts as our directory for the year, so we ask everyone to register your child(ren) by clicking the big red button below.
Please contact director of religious education Kim Hartman at email@example.com or religious education assistant Eve Rosera at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or scholarship needs.
Welcome to our Religious Education Program. Here at the Fellowship, we are passionate about providing quality programming 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 programs encourage 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 programming each year, we work hard to create a culture of connectedness and belonging. We are a big church program with a small church “feel.” We continually 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…
The mission our religious education program is to grow a community of compassionate young people by:
Religious Education Philosophy and Goals
It is our belief that Religious Education is a lifelong process, and we seek to provide programming 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: