Children’s Religious Education
Teaching the UU Principles Song to the children’s choir
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.
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
As a congregation of many ages, adults and children begin Worship together at 10:30 on Sunday mornings. The children are then invited to the front of the sanctuary for the Story for All Ages. On Multi-generational Sundays, children return to their pews and remain in the sanctuary for the entire service. On Sundays when classes are scheduled, the children and their adult leaders leave for their classrooms in the RE wing.
Sanctuary Worship ends at approximately 11:30. Adults have a few moments for coffee and conversation in the Community Room before RE dismisses at 11:45. Parents of younger children must pick up their children directly from their classrooms.
On Sundays when there is a Children’s Worship Service, children in Pre-K through 6th grade go directly to room 208 at 10:30.
Link to SignUp.com: You can now view the classroom teaching schedule and select which days you can volunteer by clicking on going copying this link to your browser: http://signup.com/go/hSKiSeB
Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. You will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com, and SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you don’t do email or prefer not to use your email address, please let Jansen know and he will sign you up manually. Members of the RE committee will be available after services to help volunteers with SignUp.com using an iPad.
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, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Jansen Wendell, and our minister, Rev. Don Garrett.
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 should strive to alternate staff 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.
If you would like to volunteer for any of these opportunities please contact Jansen Wendell 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.