Children are always welcome in the sanctuary where small toys and activities are available to keep their hands busy. Childcare is also available for children of all ages every Sunday morning during worship (10:30 – 11:30 AM), for those children who prefer not to stay in the sanctuary.
Religious Exploration Classes, grades Pre-K to 6
During the regular church year, classes are held on the first and third Sundays of the month, from 9:30 – 10:15. The last class in the spring of 2023 is June 4. We will reconvene on September 17!
If you are interested in participating or volunteering, you may click one of the buttons register below.
Or contact our minister at Laurel.Gray@UUCSW.org or our RE Coordinator at Colleen.Munson@UUCSW.org
Coming of Age for Grades 7-9
Coming of Age is a time when our youth reflect on their core values and beliefs. This time represents the transition from childhood into adolescence, when they take responsibility for their own spiritual lives. Coming of Age is the stepping stone between the religious exploration classes of their childhoods and the increased agency and ownership that comes with high school youth group. This class is led by the minister and will culminate in the group leading a worship service together to recognize their transition into adolescence. Open to grades 7-9. If you are interested in participating in the spring 2023 group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OWL (Our Whole Lives) – Lifespan Sexuality Education
We offer OWL for different age groups on a rotating basis.
From the UUA website: “Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities.”
Here is more information about the “Our Whole Lives” Curriculum: uua.org/re/owl
High School Youth Group
Youth group is a place for teens to explore how they want to live out their Unitarian Universalism in the world. They choose the kids of activities and service projects they want to engage in and have the support of advisors in making those plans a reality. The youth group works as a team to set their own goals, support each other, and practice what it means to live in covenant. Youth group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings of the month.
UUCSW is a part of the CommUUnity Collaborative. Explore here: https://www.commuunitycollaborative.com/
The CommUUnity Collaborative is a joint endeavor to provide religious education and enrichment for adults, similar to the Circle RE Cooperative for our kids and youth. This program is in collaboration with about a half dozen other UU congregations in Massachusetts, with different classes and groups led by our ministers.