Religious Education for Children
Our goal is to educate our young members to be good citizens of the world,
to be able to articulate their faith, and to put their faith into action.
Our Religious Education (RE) program uses curricula based upon the purposes & principles of the
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Our children & youth will explore aspects of our UU
heritage: UU identity, our Judeo-Christian heritage, religions of the world, peace & justice, & our
connection with nature.
Sunday Morning in RE
Sunday morning programs are offered every Sunday except for 5th Sundays, when we have multi-
generational programs in the sanctuary. Classes are grouped by grade & use age-appropriate curricula
incorporating the UU Principles. Community worship is an important component of our religious
experience, so youth generally begin in the sanctuary. After the “story for all ages” we sing the children
off to their four classrooms.
Curriculum for 2013-2014:
Sunday RE Classroom Information
We offer a one room school house on 1st Sundays. Scheduled RE classes are 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Sundays. On 5th Sundays
we open the sanctuary up to all for a multi-generational service. We offer nursery care for little ones every
Nursery: Infant to 4yr olds will be supervised by 2 nursery attendants each Sunday. The nursery is
filled with age appropriate toys, puzzles, books, & art supplies. It is also wired so you can listen to the
service in the sanctuary if you need to be with your child in the nursery for any length of time. (There
is a changing table & a rocking chair for nursing/bottling little ones in both the nursery & the family
restroom, located through the kitchen. Both are wired for listening to services.)
K-5th grade: “Passports to Religion” is a new curriculum developed by our own, Christina Barbachano.
It helps to prepare the children for “Neighboring Faiths” with a focus of a different world religion each
month. The activities will be differentiated to suit the temperament, age, and interest of each child,
but each week we will read a book or story, watch some video clips that relate to the religion, do an
art project, and the like. If you know a lot about a certain religion and would like to share that with
the kids, please let Christina know. This classroom’s leaders are Christina Barbachano, Sandy
Anderson, and Melissa Fahrney.
6th-8th grade: “Neighboring Faiths” Similar to the “Passport to Religion,” there will be a focus on
different religions and visits to local congregations to learn more about our neighbors. This is a very
interactive class and has been a hit each year we have had taught it. Kathy Neff and Paula Koch will
lead this class.
9th & 10th grade: “Coming of Age” This is one of the most important classes your child can take. COA is
not a typical Religious Education class. The program is designed to help make the transition to young
adulthood by accepting more responsibility, gaining self confidence, expanding vision of different
views and experiences, understanding roles in various communities, and developing a personal value
system. Also, each youth in the program will have a mentor from our congregation. Julie Doyle and
John Larson will lead this group.
10th-12th grade: Youth are welcome to join the adults in the main sanctuary for services or work in the
nursery along with an adult volunteer. Those interested can assist the teachers in the other classes
from time to time as well.
Questions? Paige Rappleye, RE Coordinator, 406-334-5257, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Barbachano, RE Committee Chair, 505-670-2717, email@example.com
Your Role as a Parent or Guardian:
The success of our cooperative program of Religious Education rests primarily on you – the parents &
guardians of these wonderful young people.
What we ask of you:
Make sure that we have a current Registration Form. This is not a contract, but an important
tool for the RE volunteers & staff. We need to know about allergies, strengths, weaknesses,
learning difficulties, & behavior challenges so that we can know how best to include your child
to the best of their capabilities.
Arrive on time & come regularly. Children develop a sense of belonging by attending regularly.
They learn to value religious education by the importance you give it. Please notify your child’s
teacher if your child will be absent; planning is easier, when they know how many to expect.
Introduce yourself to the teachers & RE Coordinator. Ask questions about our programs &
share insights that you may have. You are always welcome to visit the classrooms & volunteer
to help in the classrooms, as well.
Talk to your children. Ask them what they’re learning about & share your point of view. The
most important influence a child has is their parent/guardian. Be patient with them, & with
yourself, as you learn to understand each other deeper.