Our Children’s RE Program is designed to create opportunities for creative expression, justice work, peer collaboration, and reflection with a focus on interactive experiences in a mixed age format.

Join us for an RE Craft-Along!

6:00 p.m. every Friday on Zoom
Contact Rachael Roman for the Zoom Invite.

RE in March: Wisdom

Wisdom is the Soul Matters theme for March, and in RE, we will be exploring the many different ways we can find wisdom in our lives. Whether through learning to live simply, or by discussing what wisdom we can glean from stories and celebrations, children in RE will discover the concept of wisdom and how they can add it to their own lives. Remember, knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.
Families can bring the theme of wisdom at home by celebrating the wisdom of simplicity as they build a kite together, or by discussing the wisdom in stories portrayed in the film “Song of the Sea.” Families can also take an opportunity to discuss listening to the wisdom of the body in the context of Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31) with the book “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings. Parents can learn more about the wisdom of play with the resource found here.

3/1: Children in PreK-5th grade will be celebrating the wisdom that arises from simplicity today in RE with leaders Carol Kolojeski and Lisa Jones-Bateman.
3/8: The PreK- 5th grade class will be remembering how we are wise when we are grateful, truthful, loving, and hopeful, led by Carol Kolojeski, Allie Roche, and Mark Mohr. The High School Youth Group will also meet at UUCS today beginning at 12:30 p.m. with volunteer Albert Pucio and guest Rev. Aileen.
3/15: The Middle School Group will be meeting today during the service, led by volunteers Ben Friedson and Gus Douguih. Children in PreK-5th grade will be learning the wisdom in appreciating the mystery of the world around us through the world of math by celebrating Pi Day with leaders Carol Kolojeski, Susan Reese, and Lisa Jones-Bateman.
3/22: All children are invited to stay in the sanctuary for our monthly intergenerational service. The nursery will also be open.
3/29: The PreK- 5th grade class, led by Carol Kolojeski, Nancy McCormick, and Allie Roche, will be discussing how stories teach us and help us remember how to live a life well lived.

For the 2019/20 church year we are embarking on a new adventure in Religious Exploration using Soul MattersSoul Matters is a collection of resources centered around a monthly theme which weaves itself throughout our church experience. Worship, Religious Exploration and Adult Small Groups will all be pulling from these resources to better facilitate an experience that extends beyond our congregation walls on Sundays and around the dinner table the rest of the week.

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Nursery – Infants and toddlers get to know their peers in a safe and nurturing environment led by professional childcare providers.

Date/Time: Every Sunday morning during service, 10:00 AM

Location: Beatrix Potter Nursery

PreK – 5th grade – meets three Sundays per month.  In this class, children will explore various aspects of the monthly theme each week led by experienced educator Carol Kolojeski.  This group begins by centering themselves through a meditation or guided imagery exercise followed by stories, art projects, and both group and solo activities.

Date/Time: Every Sunday morning during service, 10:00 AM

Location: Olympia Brown Room, Religious Education Suite

Please retrieve your children in 3rd grade and below immediately following the worship service.

Middle School – The Middle School RE class meets once a month during the service, often taking a local field trip during their meeting; please see the monthly Illuminate or email re@uusterling.org for the next date they will be meeting. Children in 6th-8th grade are welcome to help in the younger RE class or attend the service when the Middle School group is not meeting.

High School – The UUCS High School Youth Group is collaborating with the youth of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun this year. The group meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:30 p.m., alternating locations between UUCS and UUCL. Please see this month’s Illuminate or email re@uusterling for more information about meeting dates.

Soul Matters Sundays – 2nd through 5th meet in their own volunteer-led Sharing Circle on one Sunday a month. This group will dive into the monthly theme by practicing mindfulness, deep listening and community building among their peers.  Children in the Sharing Circle will have opportunities to develop the building blocks of resilience and empathy as well as deepen bonds with each other.

Date/Time: Sunday morning during service once monthly, 10:00 AM

Location: Ralph Waldo Emerson Room, Religious Education Suite

Creative Expression Sundays – held once monthly for grades 2 through 8.  On these Sundays, children will use various art mediums to delve into the monthly theme. We have a congregation rich with artistic talent to provide inspiration and guidance to our kids.

Date/Time: Sunday morning during service one monthly, 10:00 AM

Location: Ralph Waldo Emerson Room, Religious Education Suite

Social Justice Sundays – held once monthly for grades 2 through 8.  Our children crave opportunities to engage in social justice.  On these Sundays volunteers with help children examine our monthly theme through experiential social justice activities.  These activities are designed to help our young congregants build the confidence and skill set to continue social justice work for a lifetime.

Date/Time: Sunday morning during service one monthly, 10:00 AM

Location: Ralph Waldo Emerson Room, Religious Education Suite

Summer Religious Education – During the summer one religious education class is offered for children in preschool through 5th grade. Children 5 years of age and younger are welcome in the nursery, and older children and teens may participate or help in RE or attend the service.