OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
What are we about?
From the Mission Statement for Religious Education adopted in May 1994: “We the members of First Unitarian Church, hereby affirm our responsibility to (1) embrace the children and young people of this Church in our religious community and communicate to them in words and actions their significance to the life of the Church and their membership in the family of Unitarian Universalists and (2) provide to the children and young people of this Church a quality liberal religious education which offers them the opportunity to (a) acquire the knowledge and interpersonal skills necessary to confidently engage in a religious dialogue with their peers, (b) develop a life-long commitment to Unitarian Universalism and the search for truth to enable them to develop their own belief system and (c) experience the values, ideals and teachings of Unitarian Universalism...”
How do we accomplish this?
Our Sunday School year, which runs from September through the end of May, consists of three trimesters of approximately 12 weeks each. Curriculum taught gives students the opportunity to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, World Religions, and our Judeo-Christian Heritage. During all of the trimesters, the material presented is viewed through the lens of Unitarian Universalism and the UU Principles specifically. The goal of our program is to give our children and youth the opportunity to learn about Unitarian Universalism and the faiths of the world on the way to learning more about themselves and the formulation of their own personal concept of religion as they mature spiritually.
In doing so, we hope to instill in our young people a vision of Unitarian Universalism as a church home that is broad enough to grow with them throughout the seasons of their lives.
Single Service at 10:30 a.m. begings May 22
Preschool & Nursery (Both 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Services)
We offer supervised care and structured community building activities for children from birth through Kindergarten in the Sarah Joslyn Nursery, our colorful and spacious infant and preschool area on the lower level. The nursery opens 20 minutes before the 9:30 service begins and closes 20 minutes after the 11:15 service concludes. Our nursery aid is Catie Miller.
Learn more about our Nursery and Pre-school Program.
See also pick up and emergency procedures.
At 11:15 a.m.: The ABCs of Our World
May 1: May Day
May 8: Water
May 15: X marks the Spot
May 22: Yellow—NOTE: BEGIN ONE 10:30 SERVICE ONLY TODAY
May 29: Zippers—NOTE: ONE 10:30 SERVICE ONLY TODAY
Kindergarten, older children, and youth
9:30 a.m. Service (10:30 a.m. beginning May 22)
Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Children in K-6th go directly to the Robert Weston Room - the middle classroom of the upstairs R.E. Wing. See also pick up and emergency procedures.
Theme: Living the UU Principles. Activities vary weekly.
The 7th Grade and Older Program meets at the 11:15 a.m. service
11:15 Service (10:30 beginning May 22)
Kindergarten through Third Grade Gathering
After the Story for All Ages, children in grades K-3 will leave the sanctuary and go directly to the Robert Weston Room - the middle classroom of the upstairs R.E. Wing. See also pick up and emergency procedures.
Theme: We Believe: Learning and Living Our
Unitarian Universalist Principles
May 1: Freedom to Learn – The Fourth Principle
May 8: Freedom to learn - cont'd
May 15: Global Village – The Fifth Principle
May 22: ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 ONLY—Working It Out—The Sixth Principle
May 29: ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 ONLY—Celebrating the UU Principles
Fourth through Sixth Grade Gathering
After the Story for All Ages, children in grades 4-6 meet in the Whitney Young Room - the west classroom on the lower level by the elevator. See also emergency procedures. Teacher: Cheryll Wallace, Director of Religious Education, and
THEME: UUs Throughout History Who Have Kept Our Faith Alive
Join Cheryll Wallace and friends each
Sunday for video and discussion as we explore UU values with The Simpsons.
Teen Gathering - Seventh Grade and Older
Celebrating Unitarian Universalism and STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE.
COME AND JOIN US. Facilitated by Kate Wiig and Megan Ramage-White.
Meets in the Merritt Lounge on the upper level by the elevator.
Other Opportunities for Children and Youth
YRUU is a youth group for 7th - 12th grade UU youth from First and Second Unitarian Churches of Omaha which meets every Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church during the school year, from September to May. For more information, contact youth group leaders Ben and Shari Wallace at OmahaYRUU@gmail.com.
Soul-Full Thursdays are five week sessions held at three different intervals during the year. Each Thursday offers a community meal and classes that may interest older children and youth, and child care
In Case of Emergency
In case of an emergency all classrooms will evacuate the building
and meet on the east lawn of the church near Turner Blvd. To cut down on confusion, PARENTS SHOULD
NOT GO TO THE CLASSROOMS in the event of an emergency when the building is being evacuated.
Please meet the teachers on the east lawn of the building and collect your children there. Each classroom
has an evacuation map showing 2 routes from the building and teachers have been briefed on the routine for
Sunday School Pick Up Information for Parents
All parents of children in the nursery and the
K-3rd grade class are asked to pick up their children after Sunday School each week as soon as the service
is over to insure that the children are safe and that they are in the charge of a parent. This also allows the
teachers to leave class as soon as the Sunday School hour is over.
Updated May 1, 2011 wfr