2017-18 Faith Formation calendar
Sept 10, 2017 – May 20, 2018: Sunday morning faith formation classes for Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade, 2nd & 3rd Grades, 4th & 5th Grades, Middle School, and High School
Age-appropriate classes will not be held on the following dates, nursery is open every Sunday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm:
- September 3: All age Water Fun Day, nursery open, children start in education complex, skip the sanctuary
- October 22: HOMECOMING: Multi-generational worship service, no RE classes, nursery open
- December 3, 10, 17: Pageant rehearsal
- December 24: Pageant Worship Service – Multi-generational, no classes, nursery open
- December 25: Merry Christmas – campus closed
- December 31: All Age Game Day, rooms 1 & 2, nursery open
- January 1: Happy New Year – campus closed
- March 25: Palm Sunday – Multi-generational worship service, no classes, nursery open
- April 1: Easter Party in education complex. Children start in classes, skip the sanctuary, then proceed to egg hunt and party in courtyard
- May 13: Youth service – Graduating high school seniors will bridge to young adults
- May 27: All Age Game Day, rooms 1 & 2
Register for 2017-2018 Sunday morning faith formation classes, use this link https://www.cognitoforms.com/ValleyUnitarianUniversalistCongregation1/_201718SundayMorningReligiousEducationClassesRegistration
The Preschool class is for 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are toilet comfortable – they can be escorted to the bathroom. and will take care of their needs on their own.
This class will use the Unitarian Universalist curriculum The Rainbow Connection. This curriculum uses story books to discuss values inherent in the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism. Each principle is assigned a color and a value:
• R: (Red) Respect people.
• O: (Orange) Offer fair and kind treatment to all people.
• Y: (Yellow) Yearn to accept and learn about ourselves, others and the mystery of God.
• G: (Green) Grow by exploring what is right and true.
• B: (Blue) Believe in our ideas and act upon them.
• I: (Indigo) Insist on a peaceful, fair and free world
• V: (Violet) Value our home, Earth, that we share with all living things.
Each class contains a fun craft project, time for songs and games, and time for free play with friends.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
We will be using lessons from the Unitarian Universalist curriculum Treasure Hunting-Take Two. This curriculum encourages the exploration of children’s worries, fears, hopes, wonderings and loves so that they may gain knowledge of themselves, others, and their Unitarian Universalist faith.
Weekly emails and/or take home letters help families stay connected with the upcoming lessons and any special supplies needed.
2nd & 3rd Grade
This class will use the VUU adapted and expanded version of the curriculum A World of New Friends: An introduction to world religions. Unitarian Universalism teaches us that there is some wisdom to be found in all the great religions of the world. These lessons are designed to use a child’s curiosity flavored with stories, art, drama and song to introduce our youngest UUs to the many truths and many faiths that richly color our earth and enrich our lives.
Imaginary friends (life-sized paper dolls) will join the class each week to bring information about 15 different religions. The class will learn about the the basic tenets, customs and celebrations of each faith. Each class will have an introductory story followed by an activity, game, or craft to help the children understand the religion.
Thanks to Kelsie Beaudoin for her work on this curriculum.
4th & 5th Grades
Holidays and Holy Days curriculum gives the youth an opportunity to examine the religious beliefs of others and in the process examine their own. Warm interest, understanding and awareness can be generated about the ethnic traditions of our neighbors when we too have participated in their celebrations.
Middle School class
Neighboring Faiths – The class will delve into the basics, similarities, and differences of the world’s religions. Field trips to nearby houses of faith are included in the curriculum. Youth will be expected to dress and behave in respectful ways that reflect well on themselves, Valley UU, and their generation. Parent drivers will be needed.
Social Group – Middle school Unitarian Universalist Group – MUUGs, a social group for 6th-8th graders, plan monthly family oriented events. Past activities include picnics, camping, horseback riding, ice skating, a day at a water park, snow tubing/skiing, and white water rafting.
High School Class
A look at world religions and how they do and do not relate to Unitarian Universalism.
For Youth in 9th – 12th grades – 1st Sunday of each month – YRUU coffee House, Youth spend time planning YRUU activities while having time to socialize, and build community.
On the remaining Sundays, the class will rely on videos, guest speakers, and written resources to guide discussions about religions of the world. Visits will be scheduled for Sundays in the spring.
Social group – Young Religious Unitarian Universalists – YRUU is a social group for 9th-12th graders, they are a part of a continental organization of Unitarian Universalist teens, enabling youth to make connections with other UU teens within our church community and at regional and national gatherings. YRUU focuses on youth empowerment and community strength through learning, social action, worship, and trusting relationships with adult members of the church community. YRUU outings are planned during the YRUU coffee house meetings mentioned under High School above.
1st Sunday of each month – mUUvie nite – All High school aged youth invited to join us. We watch a movie, drink soda, eat popcorn & pizza, then discuss the movie – we break down our thoughts on: plot, casting, score etc. 5 pm – 9 pm Permission slip required to view “R” rated films. Youth are expected to make a donation to help cover the cost of food, DVD rental and video licensing fees.
All children/youth need to be registered every year, use this link to access the 2017-18 form