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 Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and is generally available to meet on Sunday after services during coffee hour. Emily is also available by appointment.
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.
Religious Education on a Typical Sunday
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 age youth usually meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday mornings of the month at 10:30am in the YUUTH Room. Youth are welcome to join the regular Sunday service when we do not meet for class. Please check the events schedule for the next dates and times.
Elementary (grades K-4): Kids are welcomed to join us in service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 on Sunday morning. After the Moment For All Ages, kids are invited to come downstairs and take part in Spirit Play. (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. We ask that all nursery and Spirit Play students be picked up by a caregiver directly from their classrooms downstairs at approximately 11:45 am. There is a Children’s Corner in the Fellowship Hall with 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.
Our YUUTH Group is currently following the UUA curriculum “Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker.” Youth are encouraged to view themselves as agents of change in the world as they develop qualities critical to justice work. They reflect on their own lives while making connections to the lived experiences of others, and building self-awareness while growing as leaders. The YUUTH Group also participates in community service projects chosen by the youth about once a month. 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.