Children’s Religious and Spiritual Exploration (RE)
Children’s RE at UUEstrie is conducted by RE Coordinator (to be announced)
Children of all ages are welcome every Sunday from 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon. During the first 15 minutes of our 10:30 a.m. worship service, children attend with their parents and may share in lighting the Chalice, symbol of our liberal faith, or candles of Joy and Sorrow. They will hear a Story for All Ages that is meaningful and accessible to both children and adults. The congregation sings them out to their program, where they light their own chalice, share stories, and participate in theme-based age-appropriate learning activities. Children then rejoin their parents for refreshments during the fellowship hour following the morning service.
Ours is a one-room schoolhouse format, bringing children of various ages together in a loving community of teaching and learning, according to each child’s developmental stage and need. The content is based on the Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles.* These include honouring the inherent worth and dignity of each person, living in peace, justice and equity, and an ever-widening respect for the interdependent web of all life.
Religious content draws from the Six Sources of Unitarian Universalism** and seeks to develop the religious imagination of each child by encouraging their own questions about faith, and exploring with them teachings of world religious traditions. Activities include music, dance, arts and crafts, cooking, gardening, nature walks and rituals celebrating the change of seasons. Key values include compassion, inclusiveness, fairness, and environmental responsibility.Our current program is inspired by A Tapestry of Faith, a multi-age on-line RE curriculum published by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
We celebrate all ages and stages of life, and provide a supportive community for children and their families through annual events such as our Christmas pageant and turkey potluck, Maypole Dance, July picnic, Canada Day float, Labour Day hike, Storytelling Sunday, and our Spirit of Play service. We also have other intergenerational social events and services throughout the year. Activities are described in the newsletter.
Visitors and newcomers are encouraged to introduce themselves and their children to our Coordinator, or a designated member of the RE Committee before the Sunday morning worship service, and to provide any particular information we should know to help us engage with your child. We look forward to having you with us.
1. Each person is important
2. Be kind in all you do
3. We are free to learn together
4. Search for what is true
5. All people need a voice
6. Build a fair and peaceful world
7. Care for Mother Earth