Children’s Education

Children and Youth Religious Exploration Registration is now open

CLICK HERE to register for the 2017/2018 RE Year 

RE Monthly Schedule

Children:  PreK-6th grade

Youth:  7th-12th grade

1st

Sunday of the month

Spirit Circle – Children’s

Worship (PreK-6th)

Youth attend service or

assist in RE

2nd

Sunday of the month

Spirit Play (PreK-3rd)

Seekers (4th – 6th)

Youth attend service or

assist in RE

3rd

Sunday of the month

Social Justice

(PreK-12th)

Social Justice

(PreK-12th)

4th

Sunday of the month

Spirit Play (PreK-3rd)

Seekers (4th – 6th)

Youth attend service or

assist in RE

5th

Sunday of the month

Multigenerational Service

(No RE Class)

Multigenerational Service

(No RE Class)

Unless otherwise noted, Children’s Religious Exploration begins at 11:15 after the Story for All Ages in the sanctuary.  Children and Youth sit with their families for the. first part of service.   

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Religious Exploration Sunday Morning Procedures

Children • Please sign children in at the Greeter cart in the foyer. • Get a sticky name tag for your child  • RE begins at 11:15 after the Story for All Ages. Children begin their Sunday in service and then walk over to the RE building as a group. • RE ends at 12:15. Please take a few minutes to have a cup of coffee and conversation before you pick up your children.

Youth • Youth may either attend service or assist in RE.  Youth RE happens during youth group on the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 12:30-2:30.


For information contact RE Director of RE for Children and Youth Erin Powers at DRE@uutampa.org.

The Role of Parents and Caretakers Arrive on time and come to church regularly. Children develop a sense of belonging by attending regularly. They get to know their peers and we get to know them if they are here often. Follow the activities of your child’s class. Talk to your child about what is happening in class. Talk to the DRE and teachers. Talk to your child about things that matter. You are their primary religious educator. Tell your children about your beliefs and what you value. Be a good listener to your children. Let them know that their ideas and thoughts are of interest to you. Participate in intergenerational activities. Spending time with members of the congregation at dances, dinners, and gatherings other than Sunday Services helps strengthen our UU community. Share your time and ideas. Our program needs the energy and creativity of many people in order to be a success.

Philosophy of Religious Education (RE) Unitarian Universalist Religious Education is a lifelong process that facilitates each individual’s path of spiritual growth and promotes an understanding of how to live our principles and values. It extends beyond the classroom and is dependent upon the whole congregation’s support and participation. The goal of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa religious education program is to provide a safe space to explore, question, wonder, listen and reflect in a joyful, affirming environment. We envision children, youth, and adults who:

  • Know they are lovable beings of infinite worth, imbued with powers of the soul, and obligated to use their gifts, talents, and potentials in the service of life
  • Affirm that they are part of a Unitarian Universalist religious heritage and community of faith that has value and provides resources for living
  • Accept that they are responsible for the stewardship and creative transformation of their religious heritage and community of faith
  • Realize that they are moral agents, capable of making a difference in the lives of other people, challenging structures of social and political oppression, promoting the health and well-being of the planet, acting in the service of diversity, justice and compassion
  • Recognize the need for community, affirming the importance of families, relationships and connections between and among the generations
  • Appreciate the value of spiritual practice as a means of deepening faith and integrating beliefs and values with everyday life
  • Experience hope, joy, mystery, healing, and personal transformation in the midst of life’s challenges

Child Safety At UUCT, we take children’s safety very seriously. Please click here to learn more about about our congregation’s Child and Youth Protection Manual.

Childcare Childcare (ages 0-3) is available in the Wiggle Room Nursery to the right rear of the sanctuary from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. No prior arrangements are needed. We do ask that you sign in, providing contact details and any known allergy information. As soon as the service concludes, please be sure to pick up your child.

Stay in Touch – Stay Informed Educating our children is everybody’s responsibility, whether or not we have children ourselves. If you are thinking of coming to UUCT for the first time, considering joining the church, or are a longtime member, we want to hear how you can help enrich our Religious Education program.  Please get in touch with us by:

  • Attending a Sunday service (or any other activity) and filling out a visitor information card
  • E-mailing UUCT at info@uutampa.org
  • Contacting our Director of RE for Children and Youth, Erin Powers at DRE@uutampa.org.
 

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