Youth Religious Education Program

Here at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport (UUSR) we offer religious education to children of all ages. We have an active and evolving YRE program, which is open to all. We support what parents teach at home by nurturing values of respect, kindness, and fairness. Upstairs Children's Bulletin Board

“We are Unitarian Universalists: people of the open mind, the loving heart, and the helping hands.”  With words like these, we light our chalice at the beginning of YRE classes on Sunday mornings.

Our classes include an emphasis on learning and living the seven principles, through a variety of songs, stories, movement and creative activities. The current (2016-17) program Faithful Journeys, is just one component of the Tapestry of Faith curriculum. Under the supervision of the YRE Coordinator and the YRE committee, volunteers (parents and members of the congregation) plan and teach the lessons. Additional lessons emphasize our core values through deeds and actions.

During the past year, our youth have raked leaves in our side yard, cleaned up Front Beach, sung to welcome spring to Rockport, baked cookies for the homeless, and shared Christmas carols with our neighbors. They have participated in many intergenerational services and even planned their own worship service.

We typically begin our Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM right in the sanctuary at UUSR. Following a “story for all ages” the children leave for their classes. Upstairs is a wonderful, light-filled nursery, with toys, puzzles, and games for our littlest UU’s and visitors.  Any child under 6 is welcome to play there, while the older children attend class in our YRE classroom. Parents are asked to pick their children up after class by 11:45. During coffee hour, the children usually enjoy sharing the goodies and having a chance to mix and mingle.

We strive to create spaces where all children feel welcomed, accepted, and included. These youngsters are learning not only about what is right and just, but are hopefully developing the strength of character to stand up for what they know is right!

 

Children's Room 3