Curricula Descriptions

We encourage regular attendance in Sunday morning programs.

We realize that families cannot come to church every Sunday, but we ask that you attend as consistently as possible. We meet with the children for little more than an hour each week. If your child attends every Sunday, he or she is with us for about 50 hours a year, which is the equivalent of 10 days of Unitarian Universalist faith development.

Our classes provide a structured approach to support and complement your work as your child’s primary religious educator. Regular attendance strengthens this connection and ensures that your child obtains the maximum benefit. Consistent participation also fosters a sense of community within each class and encourages the growth of friendship.

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Enrolling Your Family

It is our policy that each child or youth under the age of 19 that attends LFD programs must have a parent/guardian fill out a Family Enrollment Form by their third visit to the church. Families are welcome to enroll throughout the year. You do not have to be a member of the church to enroll your child with the LFD Department.

We also invite you to join our Families Facebook group.

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Make a financial contribution to the annual Stewardship Canvass.

We do not charge an enrollment fee, but rather rely on your generous annual pledge to provide funds for the general operating budget, which includes the Lifespan Faith Development Program.

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Fall Curricula, 2016

Pre-K: “We Are Many, We Are One”
Rm. 23: 9:30-10:30 AM and 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

We Are Many, We Are One is a year-long religious education program that offers young children the opportunity to learn about their religious community and traditions, as well as the freedom to discover and express their uniqueness. This program encourages children to use their minds, bodies, and emotions to develop their sense of identity and self-esteem within their Unitarian Universalist community and their world.

K – 1st Grade: “Wonderful Welcome”
Rm. 17: 9:30-10:30 AM and 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Welcome. Welcome in love. Welcome in friendship. Welcome in faith. The Wonderful Welcome curriculum engages and challenges leaders and children alike to explore how and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives. We welcome not only strangers, but family, our peers, our neighbors and even entities that are not people such as our animal friends and nature itself.

2nd-3rd Grade: “Moral Tales”
Rm. 15: 9:30-10:30 AM, Rm. 15B 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This curriculum includes crafts, dramatic play, quiet centering, and many other activities in an effort to explore virtues such as empathy, courage, cooperation, and perseverance. Students will learn how to approach ethical dilemmas from a spiritual perspective and have in their tool box the language of our Principles for their discernment and ultimate decisions when asking, “What Would Love Do?’

4th – 5th Grade: “Toolbox of Faith”
Rm. 15A 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Toolbox of Faith invites participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Moral Tales uses stories from many traditions (including our own) to provide young Unitarian Universalists with a solid foundation for ethical decision-making. Each of the sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight). Reflecting on the qualities (tools) of our faith, children and leaders gain insight into what makes our faith important in their lives, and how they can grow in our faith.

Junior Youth Group (Grades 6-8): Gospel According to the Simpsons
Rm. 13, 10:45-11:45 AM Only

TThe Jr. Youth Group will engage in a series of workshops outlined in the book, The Gospel According to the Simpsons. Each session correlates to an episode of the animated comedy that has been on the air since 1989, exploring religious themes such as heaven, hell, and prayer contained within its humor.

Senior Youth Group (Grades 9-12): Exploring Our Values Through Poetry
Rm. 11, 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM Only

Poetry can be an accessible and profound tool in our spiritual practice as we journey toward becoming more conscious as human beings and as Unitarian Universalists. This program utilizes poems that are concerned with elements of the spiritual life: acute observation, conscious and continuous inquiry, the unveiling of reality, hope and hopelessness, the afterlife, and the tenderness of the human condition.