Children’s and Youth Religious Education

The Unitarian Universalist faith doesn’t pretend to give children all the answers to the big questions. Unitarian Universalism puts its faith in people’s ability to explore the unknown together. -Terry Stafford

Wildflower’s religious education program recognizes that parents are their children’s primary religious educators. Wildflower strives to support parents in that role by providing a meaningful religious education program that makes a positive difference in children’s and youth’s lives by encouraging them to:

  • Acknowledge and pay attention to the spiritual part of life;
  • Develop a foundation of knowledge to evaluate possibilities in terms of spiritual paths;
  • Develop their own religious and spiritual beliefs and path.

Ages of Children We Serve

Our children’s religious education program serves babies and children through 18 years. We provide childcare every Sunday from 9:30 am to 1 pm for children 1-4 years of age. Children age 4 and above may begin in the Pre-K class when they are developmentally ready. Grades 2-5 attend class together, and youth from 6th-12th grade. Currently, infants remain with their parents. Childcare is available for all ages from 9:30-11:30 am and during Sunday afternoon meetings when requested.

What Happens on Sunday Mornings?

Children stay with their parents for the first 15 minutes of the worship service, which begins at 11:30 am. After the congregation “sings the children out,” teachers lead them to their classes. The children’s program ends at about 12:45 pm, usually 15 minutes after the Worship Service ends. Childcare begins at 9:30 am and continues until 1 pm. Children attending childcare do not have to begin in the service. To promote child safety, two adults are present in childcare and all classes. In accordance with our Safe Church policy, all RE teachers and care providers undergo background checks.

Getting Started in Religious Education

Before your child’s first Sunday in the religious education program, please register him or her by filling out a Registration Form. Parents are always welcome to visit the RE and childcare classes.

Pre-K – 1st Grade

 

We’re On Our Way: An Anti-Oppression Curriculum by Dawn Star Borchelt

 Rainbow Club: Pre-K to 1st Grade in Classroom in Community Room

The first section of this curriculum explores the ways that people are different – skin and hair color, age, gender, families and beliefs.  The second section examines how to establish right relations and how to be fair about differences. In the spring we will create a social action project based on what we have learned.

 

2nd-5th Grades

We’re On Our Way: An Anti-Oppression Curriculum by Dawn Star Borchelt

Chalice Club: 2nd-5th grade in Classroom 1

The first section of this curriculum explores the ways that people are different – skin and hair color, age, gender, families and beliefs.  The second section examines how to establish right relations and how to be fair about differences. In the spring we will create a social action project based on what we have learned.

 

Middle and High School Youth, Sixth – Twelfth Grades

Be the Change!

Welcome to Be the Change! A UU Training for Building Multicultural, Anti-Racist Beloved Community. This first session includes activities that help participants think about the identities we hold. Youth will think about their own identities and the value they place upon these, while recognizing that sometimes people are asked to hide identities or are excluded from communities because of their identity. This interferes with building the beloved community that embraces diversity and pluralism, which Unitarian Universalists desire.

 

Safe Church Policy

Wildflower Church, a Unitarian Universalist congregation, affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person, as well as justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. In that spirit, we are called to encourage the spiritual growth and to ensure the safety of all children, youth, and adults who are a part of our religious community whether for a moment or for life. The following policies and procedures are guidelines for keeping children, and youth safe; educating adults, youth, and children in the congregation about sexual abuse and prevention; and responding to anyone who has been convicted or accused of sexual offenses. These policies and procedures shall be made readily accessible to any person who may wish to see them. Read the Safe Church Policy.

Community-Building Opportunities for Families

Many families come to church looking not only for worship services and religious education, but also for a sense of community. Our church offers many family-friendly opportunities for getting to know one another better. Participating in social action projects gives families another way to connect with other church members while helping the larger community. Additionally, the church hosts hikes, campouts, work days, and other family-friendly events. Check out the Order of Service on Sunday, the Weekly News sent via email (email office@wildflowerchurch.org to get on this list), the monthly newsletter, and the calendar to learn about family-friendly Wildflower events.

Helping with the Children’s Religious Education Program

The Children’s Religious Education program depends heavily on volunteers, with support and oversight from the Board of Trustees. As Wildflower Church grows and blossoms, so will our program. We need parents and other interested adults to share their visions for children’s religious education and their skills: story-telling, music, teaching, organization, you-name-it! Join the Children’s RE Team Facebook group for news, updates, and ways to get involved.

Director of Religious Education

Penny Burnette, dre@wildflowerchurch.org

Penny has been a member of Wildflower Church since 2001, when she joined the Children’s Religious Education Committee and served as a teacher. Since that time she has served as the chair of the Fun & Fellowship and the Childcare committees. In 2003, she became a co-chair and then chair of the Children's Religious Education committee. She began working as the Director of Religious Education in June, 2005. She is a member of the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association (LREDA) and has attended five modules of the Renaissance Program for professional religious educators and two LREDA conferences. She has three children — Aaron, Jacob and Nathan.