Children & Youth

Sunday Religious Education Classes and Youth Ministry 2017-2018

Our religious education classes for children and youth are offered during the morning service. Children are welcome to remain with their parents in the sanctuary or join us for class.  On Sundays when our attendance is low, we may combine class groups.

Sunday Nursery

We currently offer a comfortable space for our youngest children to become familiar with our church home. Friendly staff and volunteers help provide care for infants and young toddlers in our combined Sunday Morning Nursery & Chalice Children Class. Parents are welcome to remain with their infants in the nursery. The nursery is open from 11:00-12:30. Children of all ages must be registered, even if they remain in the arms of their parents.

Chalice Children (Birth – Kindergarten)- Creating Home
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I want to remind myself and others that our homes can become sacred places, filled with life and meaning. — Gunilla Norris

This program helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. Together with their teachers, children will ask questions about the purpose of having a home and the functions a home serves, for us as humans and for other animals. The program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles each of us play in the homes where we live. We’ll introduce the concept of a “faith home”—our congregation—which shares some characteristics with a family home. Like a family home, a faith home offers its members and friends certain joys, protections, and responsibilities.

Explorers (1st – 5th Graders) – Love Will Guide Us
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Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe—the open sesame to every soul. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton, women’s civil rights activist in a speech given in 1860

In this program, children learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.

Seekers & Dreamers (6th – 12th) – Toolbox of Faith
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Please note: If you are interested in Seekers & Dreamers, we would like to hear from you.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic who would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. — Confucius
Toolbox of Faith invites participants to reflect on the qualities of our faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the 16 sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight). (This class is currently on a hiatus due to low participation. Please contact us for additional information.)

For More Information

For more information regarding our Religious Education programs for Children and Youth, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Misty Lewis at dre@muusct.org, or Religious Education Committee Chair, Sarah Edelson Baskin at re@muusct.org
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