Children and youth begin in the Meeting House with their families every Sunday.
Together Time brings our whole congregation together for worship for the first fifteen minutes of service every Sunday. During this time, there is opening music, the welcome, chalice lighting, a hymn and a story, song, movement or meditation for all ages. Children are then sung to the RE classes in the RE Building. Youth remain in the service and then meet in the Youth Room afterwards
Our Religious Exploration (RE) Goals for Children and Youth:
By participating in the RE program, our children and youth will be able to:
- Participate in a caring and supportive faith community of all ages that nurtures and sustains each person.
- Develop their self-awareness.
- Form their religious identity based on U. U. principles, sources and religious practices.
- Create a better world through working on social justice projects.
- Experience the wonder and awe of the natural world and the interconnectedness of all living things.
- Incorporate and include celebration and ritual in their spiritual lives.
Registration Forms (required)
Help us keep your children and youth safe!
Registration of all minors is required for participation, whether you are a visitor, attend on and off, or have been attending for awhile. Please thoroughly complete the online registration forms, with particular attention to contact, emergency and health/allergy information.
If you have a child or youth with special needs, please provide this information to us so that we can best ensure a positive experience for your whole family. Thank you!
Children's Worship Experiences
We are committed to a program that engages children in all aspects of church membership: worship, learning, social action, community-building, and pastoral relationships. We honor the importance of ritual and worship in the spiritual lives of our children through congregational worship, children's chapel and small-group youth worship. Our children and youth attend the full congregational worship service on All Ages Sundays. This year: they are the In-Gathering, Samhain/Halloween, Thanksgiving (TBD), Winter Solstice, Christmas Eve, Earth Day and other select occasions. And the end of the church year, on RE Sunday, children lead the congregation in worship.
RE classes for children and youth meet on Sunday mornings during adult services from about 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Our teachers and assistants are volunteers, who have undergone background checks. Our safety policy requires two adults in each classroom. Parents of children in nursery- Early Elementary are asked to pick up their child at promptly at 11:15, or fifteen minutes after the end of service so that teachers can leave the classrooms in time for Enrichment Hour. A child may be released to another member if teachers have been informed by the parent.
We encourage you and your family to attend regularly. Your child or youth receives wonderful benefits from attending Religious Exploration classes. Regular attendance fosters a sense of community and a warm relationship between the teachers and students. It also offers continuity for your child or youth. Our teachers prepare carefully to make classes enriching and exciting. But when class attendance is poor or irregular, it is disappointing to teachers, who are PBUUC members and friends volunteering their time and effort.
Getting to Know You
We, the staff and volunteers of the Religious Exploration program, work in partnership with you and your child or youth to make RE an enriching and enjoyable experience. We also embrace them as valuable members of our congregation. The more we know about your child or youth's unique personality and style, the more successful we can be. Please register your child or youth and indicate on the registration form any information that might help us make this a positive experience for your child or youth.
If your child is anxious about leaving you, you can talk with the volunteers about how to be a visitor in the class. Sometimes events at home or in your extended family may temporarily affect your child's behavior or outlook. A private word with your child's teachers and the DRE may help.
If your child is anxious about leaving you, you are welcome to spend time in the class. Sometimes events at home or in your extended family may temporarily affect your child's behavior or outlook. A private word with your child's teachers and the DRE may help.