Religious Education Workshops
Engaging, Connecting, Meaningful, Fun!
THEME-BASED RELIGIOUS EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
On the first Sunday of each month, we gather as an intergenerational community for the first part of worship. We share a “story for all ages” that illustrates a theme that we explore in workshops for the rest of the month using different lenses–art, nature, games, food, music, movement, etc.
(See a description of our RE age groups, below.)
Our “First Sunday” intergenerational experience gives everyone in the congregation a common story and set of ideas to share. Join us for this wonderful connection!
On Sunday mornings, our Religious Education program is divided into the nursery and three older age-groups. Our Youth Group (NUUCYG) meets outside of Sunday mornings. Please see the age guidelines as a rough division only—we are always happy to be flexible and accommodating should children be more suited for a class outside of their literal age range.
Our nursery is staffed by professional sitters during choir practice, service, and during congregational meetings and some special events. During service, nursery is generally reserved for children 4 and under.
Our youngest structured religious education program, Travelers explore monthly themes through the Montessori-inspired UU program, Spirit Play. Spirit Play centers on presenting and grounding children in UUism through storytelling and free-choice activities. See www.Spirit-Play.com for more information. We celebrate inherent spirituality with joyful activities that help us understand ourselves and forge connection within the group.
Explorers love to dive in and have fun together! Our sessions include familiar worship elements, such as chalice lighting, covenant, songs, and joys and sorrows. A hands-on workshop tied to the monthly theme focuses our minds and bodies so we can explore how we connect to each other and the world beyond NUUC.
Seekers (middle school)
Seekers eagerly experience, discuss, and share about encounters with people and the world in all of its complexity. Working with the monthly theme, we build community together through workshops that make us think, feel, and engage. But sometimes, we just hang out together and enjoy our wonderful Seekers community! Seekers operate on the following schedule:
- 1st Sunday: Attend service together to hear the monthly story and related sermon.
- Remaining Sundays: Attend Seekers religious education group to explore UU faith and activism.
Youth (high school)
Our high school youth explore their UU faith and engage with our NUUC community and the world to actively live their faith.
NUUC Youth Group
(middle and high school; meets in various locations, approx. monthly)
Seekers join with our older, high school youth in NUUCYG. With an emphasis on community-building and service activities, the NUUCYG gets together monthly for fun and fellowship. Previous activities include a trip to the Mineral, Ohio, food pantry, a bonfire, holiday gatherings, a ropes course, and more. Join the fun!
- Please be sure to check the Worship schedule on the website for dates for intergenerational worships when the children join us for the main service instead of having RE class.
- The program takes place from 10:30am until 11:30am.
- We ask that all parents/guardians of children personally escort their children to their Sunday morning religious education program no earlier than 10:20am. Teachers and assistants, please arrive by 10:20 AM at the latest.
- Visitors will be asked to complete a visitor registration form.
- Explorers and Seekers will leave the Nielsen House at the conclusion of its religious education program. Children are required to stay with the group as they leave the house, cross the street, and enter Fellowship Hall. It is expected that parents/guardians will promptly join with their child in Fellowship Hall upon completion of the worship service.
- Parents are ultimately responsible for their minor children at all times.
- To ensure the safety of everyone, children, youth, and their parents are asked to abide by the NUUC Religious Education Behavioral Covenant.
- All adults in the community accept the responsibility for the care and nurture of the children in our midst. All adults are encouraged to model and encourage safe behaviors.
- Older children are expected to be mindful and considerate of younger children at all times.
- Inside the buildings, children and youth are expected to use “walking feet and indoor voices” at all times.
- Any concerns should be reported to the Director of Religious Education, Jen Aultman.
Child Safety Policy
Two adults must be scheduled to be in the room during any children’s religious education activity. No adult will meet with any child or children alone, with the exception of Coming of Age mentors and the minister. Coming of Age mentors and the minister will only meet alone with a child or children with the consent and foreknowledge of the parent(s). New volunteers to a regular religious education responsibility will receive state criminal background check, or meet the screening standard described in our insurance liability policy, whichever is more stringent. No church publication (including but not limited to the directory, the website, the newsletter, and the orders of service) will include the names of children, or any picture of a child showing an identifiable face. Photography and video of all church events including worship shall require the permission of the Minister or the President. This policy supersedes any previous policy.