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.

A lot of our classes involve hands-on learning, so dress your kids in comfortable clothing that is okay to get messy!

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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, 2017

Pre-K – 1st Grade: “Chalice Children”
Rm. 23: 9:30-10:30 AM and 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

“Chalice Children” delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. Early childhood (the years between ages 2 and 5) is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Their time in Chalice Children can set a pattern for the rest of their lives and bring lasting benefits. (uua.org)

K – 1st Grade: “Picture Book of World Religions”
Rm. 17: 9:30-10:30 AM and 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Picture Book of World Religions is based on many different picture books related to Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The curriculum aims to introduce children to different world religions through stories, allowing them to discover the similarities and differences in their own lives.

2nd – 5th Grade (9:15 AM), 2nd – 3rd Grade (10:45 AM): “Faithful Journeys” 
Rm. 15

Participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action.

4th – 5th Grade: “Windows and Mirrors” 
Rm. 15A, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Only

Windows and Mirrors nurtures children’s ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone’s viewpoint matters.

Junior Youth Group (Grades 6-8): Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker
Rm. 13, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Only

“Heeding the Call” is a social justice curriculum that not only explores linked oppression in our society, but also encourages youth towards personal growth in values that counteract the marginalization of others. Workshops on empathy, courage, abundance, joy and other qualities ask participants to recognize how these standards can be tools for justice. Additionally, the program includes more concrete tools, such as suggestions on how to be a good ally and tips on the language of conflict resolution. True stories of courage, sacrifice and collaboration, roleplaying, games, and a program-long justice project will, feed youth’s rising realization that as people of faith we are all called to love justice—not just with our words, but also with our deeds.

The junior high youth group meets during second service only, from 10:45 AM – noon.

Senior Youth Group (Grades 9-12): Our Name is Earl
Rm. 11, 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM Only

High school youth are invited to explore religious concepts through the life of Earl Hickey as he goes on a spiritual quest to be a better person. Based on the television series “My Name is Earl,” youth will learn about our Unitarian Universalist values and principles and define their ideas about the afterlife, sin, covenant, and many other important concepts that become part of our personal credos.

The high youth group meets during second service only, starting at 10:45 AM.