I am Gienah Harris, the Director of Religious Education at the UU of Bay County. I understand that you have a few questions about our Kid’s Religious Education program. We have a mixed classroom with all ages sharing the space. The kids start service in the main sanctuary along with the adults and then go to their class after the “Story For All Ages” component of the morning service.
We have two classrooms that we utilize, our Little Red School House and our DREAM Building. Each class is begun with circle time, observing the lighting of our chalice and each child has the opportunity to introduce themselves or if they are too young to do so, I introduce them to the other students. We then spend some time for the children’s version of “Joys and Concerns” before moving into the curriculum set up for that Sunday.
Each child is given the time to participate at their own level in accordance with our principals.
1st Sunday Children’s Chapel
On this Sunday we explore holidays, festivals, and traditions from around the globe. To give you a few ideas, we recently celebrated India’s Holi, Christian Easter, and a Mexican style Mardi Gras.
2nd and 3rd Sunday
We learn about UU values through our Heroes and Heroines. This year we have explored John Murray, Nancy Grace Roman, John Sigmund and Thomas Potter as a few examples. Our theme for our Spring UU heroes class is UUs who have traveled.
4th Sunday Social Justice Sunday
The spring theme has been animal justice. The kids learned about protecting elephants, protecting the turtles and protecting and caring for our pets.
Wrap up unfinished crafts from prior projects or missed days and fun time in/or outdoors.