Children's Religious Education
Photo credits - Lisa Lawrence/Charlie Mannino
Have you been looking for a spiritual home to teach your children about values and ethics? A place of community that welcomes all people and faith traditions? Then you might want to give the UU Church of Surprise a visit!
Our children's religious education classes are at 10:30 AM every Sunday and run from September through May. There are always two adults in each of our classrooms for consistency and safety. We currently have five classrooms: Preschool (age 2 yrs. up to Kindergarten); K-2nd; 3rd-5th; 6th-8th and 9th-12th. All classes meet weekly except for our 10th-12th grade class, which meets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. To see an overview of our current class curriculum, please take a look at our 2015-2016 RE Program Brochure here.
We use the Unitarian Universalist Association's "Tapestry of Faith" curriculum to teach our ideas and ideals while bearing in mind the poignant words of the great visionary Rev. William Ellery Channing. This curriculum is supported with stories, games, crafts and songs. They will learn about Unitarian Universalism, other world religions and famous UU's Throughout History. Additionally, each year the children also participate in service projects on the local and international level that focus on social justice, stewardship and helping people in need. Interaction with the congregation is also encouraged, and each Sunday the children join us in the sanctuary for the “Lighting of the Chalice” and “Story for all Ages” after which, they are sung-out and head off to classes.
Children and infants are welcome to stay with their parents during our services. We have a space designated for families with children and infants in the back, right-hand side of the sanctuary closest to the choir room door. In the event that your young ones become fidgety and unable to make it through the service they may attend our religious education classes;or if they are under age two, you may retreat with them into our new nursery. The nursery is wired for speakers so you will still get to hear the service. Changing tables are in both restrooms.
Who We Are
Unitarian Universalism is an ethics-based, liberal religion that values the individual spiritual journey and focuses on making the world a better place through deed and service. Historically, Unitarian Universalism stemmed from Christianity and then the union of Unitarianism and Universalism. We have become a non-doctrine, non-denominational religion that believes little bits of truths from most world religions. Our primary focus, however, is on the Seven UU Principles and how to live them every day to create a caring, fair, and loving life.
Each year our program continues to grow with families just like yours! There are many opportunities for involvement ranging from family social activities, service projects, special church events, and volunteer opportunities. Parental involvement is imperative to the success of the children’s religious education program. It is the parents and other caring congregational members that become our volunteer teaching staff.
Please contact Lisa Lawrence, the Director of Religious Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our Children's RE program. Otherwise, feel free to download a copy of our registration form, and bring it with you next Sunday!
See our new 2016/2017 RE Program Brochure!
K-1st Grade O.W.L. Coming February 2017!
“Our Whole Lives” is a series of sexuality education curricula for grades: K-1, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, 10th-12th, young adults, and adults. R.S.V.P. to attend our mandatory parent meeting on Friday, February 17th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. to find out if this program is right for you and your family. See more details about program content here: Brochure
New teen service club
W.E.C.A.N (We Explore Community and Nature), a new, teen service club will be holding its first meeting on March 7th for youth ages 13-17. If your teen has a strong environmental or social conscience and wants to help make a difference, then this is their opportunity. The club will utilize “CAPS”, an award-winning Community and Action Problem Solving Process that combines civic action and environmental education to achieve their goals. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7th 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 17540 North Avenue of the Arts in Surprise.
The club will be guided by adult facilitators, while W.E.C.A.N. teens will learn to: research, identify, plan and carry out local service projects; build leadership, teamwork and organizational skills; and engage in service, stewardship, civic engagement and advocacy as a way of developing connections to causes they care about. Please contact email@example.com to register.
Free Monthly Parenting Classes…With Childcare!
The Surprise Family Network is a group of parents, families and all those who are helping to raise children in the Surprise Unitarian Universalist Church as well as in the surrounding community; this includes teachers, day care providers, grandparents, and school volunteers. The goal of the program is to bring us together as parents, and others helping to raise children, to gain new skills and insights into child development, to learn from and support each other in our work and to help us connect to helpful resources in their community. Please contact Jeff Drake, M.A. for class information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
re program policies
•The church offers supervision of children engaged in Sunday programming between the hours of 10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. only, unless special arrangements have been made.
*Prior to 10:15 a.m. and post 11:45 a.m. parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their own children.
•Childcare may or may not be provided at special programming.
•A parent/guardian must be on the church premises while children are participating in classes.
•Children are not allowed in the back office area unless accompanied by their parent/guardian when classes are not in session.
•The Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise may, with permission, record your child(ren’s) likeness, without any further identification, for use in print media, church displays, and in other ways they may see fit to further the aims of this church.
•Due to many severe food allergies in our children, food or beverage, other than water, are not allowed in the children’s classrooms.
•Parents are required to change their own child’s diapers.