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.

Our Soul Matters theme for the month of January is integrity, which is defined by C.S. Lewis as “doing the right thing when no one is watching.” As Katie Covey points out, children learn what is right and wrong by trying different behaviors and seeing how others react to them. She writes that “Too often integrity is framed in terms of good and bad people, of people knowing what’s right and either following or ignoring it. But we know that it’s more complicated than that.” So this month in RE, our sessions will be focusing on using curiosity and creativity to sort out complex problems and exploring the “adventure of integrity.”

Families can continue the discussion about integrity at home by reading the story “The Empty Pot” or by watching “Mary Poppins” and talking about how the characters learn or teach integrity. Families can also participate in the “Thirty Days of Love” activity calendar together.

1/5: PreK and Elementary school children in RE will practice putting beliefs into actions by learning how to “walk the talk.”
1/12: All children are invited to stay in the sanctuary for our monthly intergenerational service. The nursery will be available. High School Youth Group will meet today at UUCS at 12:30 p.m. today in the mezzanine.
1/19: Children in PreK and Elementary school will learn about working together in a group, while valuing individual worth today in RE.
1/26: The PreK- Elementary school RE class will explore how to find inner strength and courage. The middle school group will also meet during the service today.

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.