Children’s Religious Education
Welcome to the Children’s Religious Education Program at UUCLV
To view the curriculum and other details about specific classes, click the age group on the left column.
We offer religious education classes for children and youth, ages 5 – 18. Classes are held in the RE wing on the second and third floors. They are staffed by volunteer members and friends of UUCLV. The curricula are drawn from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s comprehensive catalog, most of which is available on their web site by going to the Curricula and Faith Development section of the UUA’s web site at http://www.uua.org/re.
We select curricula that match our goals of developing our Unitarian Universalist values:
- Respect for all people, cultures and faiths
- Develop a life-long thirst for truth and meaning
- Work for peace and justice
- Value our home, earth, that we share with all living things
To find out about specifics about each class, click on the links to the left.
To look at or print the (draft) one-page RE calendar, click HERE.
We ask that you fill out the Registration and Permission Form ahead of time so that our teachers know the child’s name, any pertinent information about them, and your contact information. There is an opt-out question if you prefer that your child not have any photograph of them published in any on-line media.
Sunday Morning Schedule
Due to COVID 19 restrictions we will be utilizing ZOOM gatherings for classroom participation in the Fall.
We will use this forum for teaching until restrictions change. You will receive information from your child’s teacher to connect for you child’s class.
When restrictions are lifted, please check with web site for changes.
The Sunday School Schedule varies by classroom. Younger classes meet three Sundays a month from 9:00-10:00 in room 208. After class, all children go to the gym to have a snack and play cooperative games until morning worship begins. We love to see new faces in Sunday School and encourage you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find the schedule for your appropriate class. Parents are always welcome in the classroom, but we encourage parents to go to our breakfast forum that runs at the same time in the Community Room.
As a congregation of many ages, adults and children begin Worship together at 10:30 on Sunday mornings. Children are invited to sit in the front row pew along Wall street or with their parents. Quite activities are provided in the first row for the children as well as individual packets that ushers can provide as you enter the sanctuary. Rocking chairs are situated in the back of the church for nursing mothers or those that may need a little soothing. Worship includes a story for all ages that is designed especially for our younger children. Worship ends at approximately 11:30. Immediately following worship, all are welcome to gather in our community room for conversation and snacks donated by members of our congregation.
We all appreciate the work our teachers do to nurture the young people of our church. If you are able to contribute to UUCLV’s Religious Education program to help ensure its continuation, please consider how you can volunteer. While the rewards are immeasurable, the time commitment is limited and well defined. You will be asked to pass criminal and child abuse checks, and that you be involved in church life for at least 6 months before working with children and adults.
Teacher: Teachers are asked to commit to prepare lessons once or twice a month. The lead teacher is responsible for preparing and leading lessons. Detailed curriculum, supplies, relevant student information, and training are all provided. You’ll be supported every step of the way by the combined wisdom of experienced teachers, the RE Committee.
Classroom assistant: Responsible for being present in the classroom one or two Sundays per month. Your level of participation beyond that is entirely up to you.
Teachers and assistants can choose from 6 different classrooms: Nursery, PreK-K, 1st-4th Grade, 5th-6th Grade, or 7th-8th Grade (special training is required for this class). Teams strive to alternate volunteers so that no one has to be in class more than twice a month. Your teaching team will arrange its own schedule to ensure each classroom has a lead teacher and an assistant on each of the 24 Sundays.
If you prefer, you can also contribute in other ways.
Driver: The senior high youth group goes to youth conventions. Occasionally there is a need for transport. If you are going to drive children and youth (other than your own) to church sponsored events, we require that you print and fill out the Driver Checklist and Qualification Form and give it to the teacher, advisor or Director of Lifespan Religious Education at least one week ahead of time.
Substitute teacher: Fill in as needed.
Assist for special events: help on Special Sundays when the children and youth are not in the Sanctuary, provide food for special events, or chaperone sleep-overs.
Office assistant: help organize supplies, photocopy, create bulletin boards, and assist in classroom set-up.
Provide Snacks: Drinks and Snacks are always welcome. We try to keep a supply of gluten-free, nut free and pineapple free snacks so that all children can enjoy.
If you would like to volunteer for any of these opportunities please contact Laura Elmore at email@example.com or 610-866-7652.
Requirements for Adult Volunteers and Teachers
1. Provide a signed Volunteer Code of Ethics Statement.
2. A signed Swear and Affirm statement, attesting to your fitness to work with children and youth.
3. Once every five years and at the start of your service, Pennsylvania law requires that State criminal and sexual abuse background checks be conducted.
4. If you have not lived in Pennsylvania continuously for at least ten years continuously, Pennsylvania law requires that you apply for a FBI fingerprint criminal background check. See Jansen Wendell for instructions.
5. Volunteers must be known and active at the UUCLV for at least 6 months, or provide references from their past UU Church. You may be asked to provide other references.
6. Membership to the UUCLV is encouraged.