R.E. Classes for 2019-2020
Please scroll down for details about class schedules and programs. You and your family are welcome to join us anytime throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Visiting & Enrolling
Sunday Morning R.E. Schedule
|Nursery opens at 8:45
|Our nursery is open and staffed before and after each service for children ages 3-4 and younger.|
|9:00||Children and youth attend the beginning of the service with their family.|
|9:20 (approx)||Children are sung out of the service by the congregation and walk to their respective Religious Education Classes.|
|Worship ends for the Adults. We gather for refreshments and conversation on the Patio each Sunday after worship. Join us!|
|Religious Education classes end and we would greatly appreciate 3rd graders and below be picked up from their classrooms. The older students will join you on the Patio when finished.|
|Nursery is open||Our nursery is open and staffed before and after each service, closing at 12:30, unless there is childcare for a requested after services meeting.|
|11:00||Children and youth attend the beginning of the service with their families.|
|11:20 (approx)||Children and Youth are sung out of the service by the congregation and walk to their respective Religious Education Classes.|
|12:00||Worship ends for the Adults. We gather for refreshments and conversation on the Patio each Sunday after worship. Please join us!|
|12:20||Religious Education classes end and we would greatly appreciate 3rd graders and below be picked up from their classrooms. The older students will join you on the Patio when finished.|
Sunday Morning Class Location
|Ages 1-4||“Pinecones” Building located above the upper parking lot|
|PreK-K||“Footprints” Building is the first classroom up the hill behind the Office.|
|Grades 1-3||“Treetops” Building is the second classroom up the hill behind the Office.|
|Grades 4-6||Palmer Library located near the Patio.|
|Grades 7-8 (JRUU)||*11:00 service only, Youth room is right next to the upper parking lot.|
|Grades 9-12||*11:00 service only, Youth room is right next to the upper parking lot.|
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Religious Education Curriculum for 2019-2020
During the school year (September-June) we offer formal programs starting at age 4 and continuing through grade 12. Nursery care is provided every Sunday for children ages 1 to 3.
Toddlers (1-3 yrs) (No formal curriculum)
Melanie Lindberg, Gloria Rubenfield
Our talented staff will encourage young children to explore the world around them. Toddlers may be dropped off before service or attend the first part of the service with their families. Class meets in “Pinecones”, above the upper parking lot.
PreK-K (4 yrs+): Chalice Children
Sheryl Goto, Liora Gutierrez, Danielle Rubenfield
Introduces children to concepts such as family, holidays, birth and death, social justice issues, dreams and the natural world using fun activities, rhymes and fingerplays. Class meets in “Footprints” Building, first classroom up the hill past the administrative office.
Grades 1-3: Multicultural and World Religions Picture Book Curriculum
Barbara Hermann, Danielle Rubenfield
The 1st-3rd grade class will be exploring an introduction to Hindu, Islamic, and Buddhist faiths through picture books accompanied with activities such as Hanuman the Monkey King stick puppets, Arabic alphabet calligraphy, date recipes for Ramadan, peacock feather art, paper airplanes, and sand play for Zen gardening. Class meets in “Treetops”, second classroom up the hill past the administrative building.
Grades 4-6: Bibleodeon
The 4th through 6th grade class are exploring the history and stories of the Bible through a lens of UU values including a focus on Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression. Students will learn how to find texts and understand how our society is shaped by these ideals. Class meets in the Palmer Library.
Grades 7-12: (Junior High/Senior High) *11:00 am service only
Ernie Dun, Alison ALG McLeod
The Junior high and Senior high students have requested that this year’s curriculum be focused on Environmental issues at a local and global level. Classes will also include topics such as ethics, food production, class and racism. It will be held in the Cathy Schepps Space (YRUU room), next to the upper parking lot.
At the end of June, our congregation reverts to a 10:00 am service only. During the RE “off-season” we offer a one room schoolhouse curriculum for the kids and youth ages 4-teenager. Class is held in Founders’ Hall, or if inclement weather, in the Library. Students enjoy activities such as stories, art, music, drama, food or dance. Nursery care is provided during the summer as usual.
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Our Whole Lives is a life span curriculum of sexual education courses that Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ have conjointly written and offer. We are pleased at UUFSD, to currently being able to offer PreK-K OWL, 4th-5th Grade OWL, Junior High OWL, High School OWL, Young Adult OWL, Adult OWL, and soon Elder OWL.
The upcoming scheduling of programs for 2019/2020 are:
- Young Adult OWL – Summer of 2019
- PreK-K OWL – Fall of 2019
- Adult OWL – starting January 2020
If you would like more information on these classes or would like to enroll, please email Alison: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Special Programming
Throughout the year, the Fellowship sponsors a number of fun activities for families and kids. These include family camping trips, beach parties, sing-a-longs, social action activities, holiday parties, sleepovers, and family and youth camps at Camp de Benneville Pines (the Unitarian Universalist camp near Big Bear). For more information, please visit their website at: https://www.uucamp.org/
Coming of Age (akin to a Bar or Bat Mitzvah) is a year long program that is taught by Alison and a few volunteers every 3 years. It is for middle schoolers from 6th – 8th grade and is a meaningful exploration of Unitarian Universalism and other faiths that are incorporated into a year long journey. We visit other faith congregations and learn from sanctioned representatives what they believe through frank conversations and questions. This entire year is devoted to an introspection of faith that culminates in a service at the end, in which youth share their own statement of faith. It is one of the most moving ceremonies and services of the year.
High School Youth Group is hosted by Alison and Ernie Dun. It is held every other Tuesday from 7-8:30 through the school year in the youth room at the Fellowship. This is separate from Sunday lessons and is just a place to come and “be.” We talk about life, school, pressures etc… in a supportive environment with no judging, only love and affirmation. For more information, please email Alison: email@example.com
Emerging Adult Group is hosted by Alison and Erine Dun once a month at the Fellowship. This group is open to 18-27 year olds. We recognize that navigating adulthood is challenging! (Sometimes we don’t want to “adult” either!) Whether you’re finding your first apartment, starting a new job or exploring a committed relationship, in college, moving far from your childhood home, or figuring out life as an adult in your community, Unitarian Universalism has tools for the journey. Come and join us for deep reflection and fun. For more information, please email Alison: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting children and youth are welcome in both our nursery and Religious Education classes, whether it’s just a one-time attendance or several weeks of visitation looking for a church home. Visiting parents are also welcome to attend our RE classes with their children, for as long as it takes the child to feel comfortable in class without you. For your child’s safety, we do ask that you register with our family greeter at the start of the service to provide your contact information and any other critical details, such as allergies. Please note that all of our classrooms are nut-free environments and gluten-free snack options are available.
Please visit our RE Forms page and download the Registration Form. Once completed, please email your completed form to us at email@example.com or drop a copy in Alison A.L.G. McLeod’s mailbox in the UUFSD office.
The suggested R.E. program contribution is $40 per child per year, but all contributions, whether more or less, are gratefully accepted and can be made online at this link where you will also receive a tax receipt following your donation.
Safe Congregation Policy
To ensure the physical and emotional safety of all members of the UUFSD community, we have a Safe Congregation Policy that sets guidelines for a variety of events and situations and establishes protocol for dealing with allegations of misconduct. Please visit our RE Forms page to download a copy of the Safe Congregation Policy and other pertinent information.