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RE for Children & Youth


A Note about Age Guidelines-
We know that parents are the best judge of their children’s developmental readiness, so we allow parents to decide which class is appropriate. Age guidelines on this page are suggested guidelines (age on or before September 1 is typically the cut off).

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Nursery – Kids younger than 3 – During Services/Middle Hour

During the Sunday services, kids younger than 3 or 4 years of age are welcome in the Nursery, which is staffed by a paid caregiver and a parent volunteer. Typically, babies younger than 6 months stay with their families during the service, with the understanding that parents will step out of the sanctuary if the child becomes disruptive. During Middle Hour, the Nursery will be open for babies and toddlers ages 6 – 18 months. Older toddlers will attend Beginner R.E. (see below).

Please note: Church policy states that nursery caregivers will not change diapers. Parent or guardian must be on-site in case of need. 

Childcare – Kids 4 to 9 years – During Services

During the Sunday services, older youth will attend the service with their family or friends. Younger kids will start the service until being “sung out” after the Wonder Box time for all ages. Then they will proceed to the RE sanctuary for volunteer-led activities, including mindfulness practices, music and arts, science, stories, cooking, and more. Different each week! To volunteer to lead one of these activities, contact Michele Reese.


Beginner RE – Toddlers 2 to 3 years

After kids “graduate” from the Nursery, they are ready for Beginner RE, led by a paid early childhood professional (Michele Reese). The children must be 2 by September 1. In this class our little ones will practice the rhythms and rituals of Religious Exploration in a Montessori-style, age-appropriate level, including Circle Time, stories, songs, and activities. Please note: Children in this age range are welcome in the Nursery during services, but will transition with Ms. Michele to their Beginner RE room for Middle Hour. 

Spirit Play – Kids ages 4 to 7 
(Spirit Play I is ages 4-5, and Spirit Play II is ages 6-7)

This multi-age program is for children age 4- 7, in two groups. It is offered every Sunday during Middle Hour. This program is a Unitarian Universalist model of Religious Exploration based on Montessori methods. Children start in a circle where they will enter into sacred time to follow their own spirit or heart. They will hear a story that highlights one of the “7 Rainbow Promises” (the Spirit Play way of explaining our 7 UU Principles). After the story and “wondering questions” to encourage open thinking, the children will choose their own “work” including art, re-telling previous stories, engaging in UU rituals, exploring world religions and naturalism, or other activities. Spirit Play I usually enjoys an allergen-free snack during closing circle.

URUU/Bibleodeon – Kids ages 8 & 9 [2017-18: Bibleodeon]

URUU/Bibleodeon is offered for ages 8-9 during Middle Hour. The URUU curriculum was written by Rev. Christina Leone Tracy (our former Faith Development Minister), and focuses on developing a positive UU identity, and understanding of our UU history, principles, sources, values, rituals, and symbols. Switching off with the URUU curriculum (every-other-year) is Bibleodeon, a curriculum that relates stories from the Bible and lessons we can learn from them.

YOUTH CLASSES BEGIN AT 10:00 AM (not 10:10 like other Middle Hour classes)

OWL & COA Limited Enrollment-
Enrollment in Our Whole Lives and Coming of Age is closed after October 1 for the year.

Visitors are not allowed after that date, and will instead be enrolled in The Questing Year*.

The Questing Year – Youth ages 10-11*
Note extended class time: 10:00 – 11:15 AM

*This group is also open to youth in grades 7 and 8 as an alternative to Our Whole Lives and Coming of Age, both of which have limited enrollment status (see above).

Our Whole Lives (OWL)- Youth in 7th Grade 
Note extended class time: 10:00 -11:15 AM

This renowned values-based sexuality education program addresses the spiritual, emotional, physical and cultural aspects of sexuality in our religious context. The group is led by specially trained facilitators, and parents are required to attend two orientation sessions. (*Note: This program has limited enrollment: See above)
OWL Parent Information & Permission Form


Coming of Age (COA)- Youth in 8th Grade
Note extended class time: 10:00 – 11:15 AM

COA is designed to be a formal rite of passage for our youth. They are matched with a mentor, and focus on three areas: awakening/education, sharing/service, and growth/personal development. The program includes two retreats and a Heritage pilgrimage to Boston, and ends with a special service in front of the congregation. (*Note: This program has limited enrollment: See above)
COA Parent Information & Permission Form

COA Application


Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)- High School
Note extended class time: 10:00 – 11:15 AM

Youth-led, advisor-supported program. Activities include worship, learning, games, dances, overnights, social action, field trips, youth conferences and leading an annual church service. For information about this program, contact Youth Coordinator Paul Berry.