Religious Education Explorations for Children and Youth
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading offers Sunday morning Religious Education (RE) programs for children from age four through grade 6.
Evening religious education programs are offered for youth grades 7-12 (Our Whole Lives, Junior Youth Group, and SHYP, our Senior High Youth Program).
We offer a fun and nurturing nursery care/play space for babies and toddlers (to age 4) during both worship services (9:15am, 11:00am) or on ‘Single Service Sundays’ at 10:00am. (See our church calendar or announcements for worship schedule)
Our registration is rolling and open. All children and youth MUST be registered before becoming a regular participant in our religious education program.Kindly contact our Director, Sally Liebermann (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a visit or to learn more about our offerings for children and youth. Ours is a cooperative church school model and parents and guardians are invited to support classrooms and activities. Families who choose to register their children are asked to complete our required forms:
If there are particular ways that your child’s uniqueness and special needs can be accommodated so that their experience is as positive as possible, please note details on the registration form or arrange for a direct conversation with the Director of Lifespan Religious Education.
Our Cooperative Program
We welcome adults at every life stage to be spiritual guides for our children – not just parents! At UUCR, we embrace the opportunity for children to come to know, love, and trust adults in the community who are not their parents. Parents volunteer in groups of children and youth, younger and older than their own children. Many adults who lead in the classroom discover a renewed sense of community, engagement and learning that is nurturing and inspiring. It is this intergenerational culture that allows us truly to live into the reality that our village raises the child.
The home is the primary place of learning about life and big questions that are part of every child’s journey. Therefore parents – children’s first spiritual guide – are encouraged to participate and volunteer in congregational life.
Share the gifts of your time and presence with our children and youth! We always welcome new team members to our teaching/advising rosters. If you would like to work with children or youth at UUCR please contact Sally Liebermann, Director of Lifespan Religious Education, or any member of the UUCR Religious Education Committee. Thanks to all of our beloved, dedicated volunteers for their gifts of time and talent!
What Do Children Learn in a Unitarian Universalist Church School?
The vision for UUCR’s Religious Education explorations is to create a place of belonging and a stimulating experience for your child that nurtures her or his spiritual development. Using a variety of curricula that includes rituals, stories, discussion and activities, children are guided through stages of age-differentiated faith development. Church becomes a special and crucial place in a child’s life where he or she is respected and cherished as an individual while learning their essential, interdependent role in the community. Your child will be challenged to develop his or her own answers to timeless questions while hearing, appreciating, and supporting others. This happens through worship, celebration, study, community engagement and participation in a variety of traditional holidays and rituals.