Classes begin Sunday, September 17!
- Pre-K – Grade 1: Spirit Play
- Grades 2 – 3: Spirit Play
- Grades 4 – 5: Windows and Mirrors/Toolbox of Faith
- Middle School: Building Bridges – A World Religions Program
- Pre-K – Grade 5: Spirit Play (multi-age class)
If you’re interested in teaching any of these classes, please e-mail Tracy Beck, DRE.
Child care for infants and toddlers available in Room 112.
All children attending faith formation classes start the morning with their family in the service and walk down to the classrooms together after the children’s story/message.
Children in 3rd grade and under must be picked up from their classroom by their designated adult at the end of class. Older children will be released on their own. If your child attends both class times, your child must join you during coffee hour.
ALL families must complete a Faith Formation registration form to enroll children in classes and/or childcare.
Spirit Play assists children in figuring out their own answers to the existential questions: Where did we come from? What are we doing here? How do we choose to live our lives? What happens when we die? Spirit Play uses the Montessori approach for the structure of the morning. Classroom elements free the children to make meaning through wondering and art, as well as create a spiritual community of children while supporting multiple learning styles and challenges. Stories have been developed in the following categories: Unitarian Universalist Lessons and Stories, Promises (Principles), Unitarian Universalist Sources. Spirit Play stories will also be developed around the church themes.
Windows and Mirrors
Windows and Mirrors nurtures children’s ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone’s viewpoint matters. The metaphor of windows and mirrors represents the dynamic relationship among our awareness of self, our perceptions of others, and others’ perceptions of us.
Toolbox of Faith
Toolbox of Faith invites fourth- and fifth- grade participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith.
Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.
High School Our Whole Lives – 9:00 – 10:55 am only
Grade 10 – 12
Please use the High School Permission Form to register for this class.
The Our Whole Lives curriculum for High School will begin with a parent meeting from 9-10 am on Sunday, September 24, with a shortened class to follow the meeting. Classes will then continue to meet 2 Sundays a month through April of 2018 (Oct. 15 & 29, Nov. 12 & 19, Dec. 3 & 17, Jan. 7 & 21, Feb. 4 & 25, Mar. 4 & 25, Apr. 8 & 29). These dates might change with the addition of YRUU events/out-of-town CONs/church events, etc.
This class will be facilitated by Julie Brown and Dana Stuehling. Interested participants must pre-register for this class and registration will be closed after the September 24 meeting. Class must have at least 10 students registered or it will be cancelled. OWL classes cannot have more than 12 participants. Read more about First Unitarian’s OWL policy here.
Click here to learn more about YRUU – the high school youth group that meets on Sunday evenings, 6-8 pm.