Emily Crutcher, Director of Lifespan Faith Development can be reached at 717/249-8944 or email at email@example.com Emily has office hours on Mondays from 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM, and is available to meet Sunday after services and during coffee hour. Emily is also available by appointment if necessary.
It is the mission of the UUCV Lifespan Education program that everyone:
- Knows that they are held in unconditional love;
- Knows that they are powerful and have the ability to make changes in the world;
- Experiences this empowerment as a source of hope and courage;
- Recognizes that because they are held in love and are powerful, they have an inherent responsibility to use their power to bring more love into the world.
10:15 am – Nursery: Children 4 and under can be dropped off at Nursery. A nursery caregiver is available downstairs from 10:15 until 11:45. All nursery children are picked up from the nursery. For the safety of the children in our care all parents are asked to sign their children in and out (sign the Nursery handbook), and first-time visitors fill out a brief registration form. Note: Snack is served. Please alert nursery caregiver of any allergies.
10:30 am Service Time
YUUTH group (grades 8-12): High school youth are welcomed to join with us in service upstairs on Sunday mornings. YUUTH group meets every other week, usually Sunday evenings for a discussion or activity. Please check the events schedule for the next dates and times
Elementary (grades K-4) & Middlers (grades 5-7): Kids are welcomed to join us in service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 on Sunday morning. After the Children’s Moment, kids are invited to come downstairs and take part in Spirit Play and Middlers. (If your child would be helped by their parent joining them in the downstairs classes, you are welcome to do so.)
Coffee Hour: After the service ends, everyone is welcome to join us for fellowship at coffer hour. Middlers are released to go find their families. We ask that all nursery and Spirit Play students be picked up by a parent directly from their classrooms downstairs at approximately 11:45 am. There is a Children’s Corner in the Fellowship Hall with snacks and toys.
The grade and age groups of our programs are not written in stone. We have had three year olds do very well in Spirit Play, and fifth and sixth graders want to remain in Spirit Play. Please discuss this with our DLFD, or teachers to find the right fit for your child.
Each week the elementary group will participate in Spirit Play. The Spirit Play curriculum is a UU adaptation of the Godly Play curriculum by Jerome Berryman combined with aspects of the Montessori Method, by Maria Montessori. The purpose of Spirit Play is to help children find their own answers to some existential questions.
- How do we choose to live our lives?
- What are our gifts?
- How do we use them?
- Where did we come from?
- What is our purpose?
- Why are we lonely and sad sometimes?
- Why do we die?
- How do the various world religions interpret these questions?
The Montessori elements free the children to work at their own pace on their own issues. Stories have been developed using current children’s literature, myths, religious stories and church history that cover answers from various sources to the questions above.
Middle Group 5th – 7th grade
This year, our Middlers group is using a UUA curriculum called Riddles and Mystery. You can view this curriculum at http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle. Like our Spirit Play program, this curriculum leads kids to explore their own reactions and thinking around the big questions of life, without providing them with “right” answers.
Our YUUTH group meets about every other week, usually on Sunday evenings. We don’t follow a specific curriculum, but work with the kids to establish a list of topics that they want to explore. We employ an open discussion format about half the time, and engage in a group activity the other half of the time to build fellowship and community. Upcoming meetings are posted on our events calendar.
Service Days and Family Events
The RE program strives to offer events and activities for all ages that foster community service, social action, and fellowship among kids and their families. Please keep an eye on our events calendar to see upcoming events.