Each child must plumb vastness and infinity. Let each call it what she will – fire, water, death, God, worlds, stars. Somehow he must share the curiosity and the awe before he has too many static answers. More than factual answers she needs communication of her inherent wonder, fear, curiosity. -Sophia Lyon Fahs
Nursery Care – Infants to 3 years
Nursery care is provided by Old Ship Church and overseen by our Religious Education department. Our aim is to provide a comfortable, secure and loving environment for our youngest children, with simple toys, picture books, and familiar, consistent, paid caregivers.
Preschool to 7 years - Spirit Play
10:15–11:35 (or end of Meetinghouse worship)
A Unitarian Universalist adaptation of Jerome Berryman's Godly Play using the Montessori Method for structure, developed by Nita Penfold, D.Min., Rev. Ralph Roberts, and Beverly Leute Bruce. Spirit Play sees the purpose of religious education as helping children to live into their own answers to big questions… Where did we come from? What are we doing here? What is our purpose? What are our gifts? Why are we lonely and sad sometimes? Why do we die?
We are resolved to protect individual freedom of belief. This freedom must include the child as well as the parent. The freedom for which we stand is not freedom of belief as we please,... not freedom to evade responsibility, ...but freedom to be honest in speech and action, freedom to respect one's own integrity of thought and feeling, freedom to question, to investigate, to try, to understand life and the universe in which life abounds, freedom to search anywhere and everywhere to find the meaning of Being, freedom to experiment with new ways of living that seem better than the old. -Sophia Lyon Fahs, A New Ministry to Children
Begin in Meeting House with Family. Conclude at 11:35(ish)
The Religious Growth and Learning Committees work together to establish subject matter, topic areas, and time frames. Over a three year period, children will have the opportunity to explore Our Jewish and Christian Heritage… Science & Nature, Wonder & Awe… World Religions... and Unitarian Universalist History, Identity and Principles.
As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we affirm and promote these seven principles:
Grades 6 & 7 - Neighboring Faiths
September - June
Inspired by the UU classic curriculum, Church Across the Street, this year-long curriculum helps youth learn about their own faith and other faith traditions through interactive experiences such as field trips and interviews. These encounters with other religions are given meaning through periods of reflection and discussion about Unitarian Universalist and personal beliefs and values.