RE is during the worship service, which starts at 10:30. (During the summer, July 7 - September 8, services are held at 9:30 am.) The Pre-K through 8th grade normally begin in the sanctuary with the adults and then head off to classes after the Story for All Ages, which is about 15 minutes into the service. RE runs until 11:45.
There are currently 6 RE classes- Chalice Tots Nursery (for 0-2+ years), Pre-K/K; 1st and 2nd; 3rd, 4th, and 5th; 6th, 7th, and 8th; and 9th-12th.
If you are a first time visitor, no, you do not. But, if you plan on returning (which we hope you do!), then please complete an RE Registration form, which you will find on the RE Registration page.
The middle school youth have a standard RE curriculum during RE except for the second Sunday of the month. On that day, they meet as the Junior Youth Group (JYG). JYG works on social action projects, fun events and other activities to help keep our pre-teens and teens engaged in church life.
Our high school youth, also known as YRUU (Young Religious UUs), have 3 different components to their programming. They work on at least 4 different social action projects through the year, have a monthly youth worship (which they design and lead) and meet in small groups to discuss UU topics of interest to them. They meet every Sunday during regular RE. On the 2nd Sunday of the month, YRUU attends the worship service.
Unitarian Universalism is rich in heritage and tradition. We work to give children and youth a chance to know our UU heritage, explore their core beliefs and appreciate the world around them. Each year the RE Committee chooses a theme and then curricular programs centered around that theme. The current theme and curricula can be found on our current programming page.
All RE Volunteers complete a screening questionaire, get a background check and sign Code of Ethics. UUFHC is a a Safe Congregation, which means that we have policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of our children to the best of our ability. This includes, among other things: the screening process, a policy that maintains 2 adults in the room with all children and youth, and an emergency procedures plan.
In the interest of supporting families at UUFHC, we do offer childcare for events and meetings. If there is no childcare already set-up, the committee chair in charge of the event or meeting must contact the DRE at least 5 days prior in order to get the childcare needs covered.
Anywhere from 5 - 15 for regular RE class. Multi-age programming, such as Children's Worship includes all classes at once, which has at least 4 adullts volunteering for every session.
UUFHC is a fairly casual atmosphere where both jeans and t-shirts AND suits and ties are completely acceptable. We have no air conditioning, so dress accordingly for the summer.
There is no monetary cost for our Sunday morning Religious Education program at UUFHC. However, it is a cooperative program and parents are expected to give of their time and talents. We believe that the religious education of our children is a vital part of the life of our congregation and so expenses are supported by all members through the operating budget. UUFHC's income is based primarily on the yearly pledges of our members and friends. When pledging for the year and thinking about the value of Religious Education for your family, please keep in mind that it costs UUFHC approximately $380 per child per year to run our RE program.
As adults, we are responsible for helping children and youth learn how to choose positive behaviors and suggesting possible strategies for being involved in positive ways. If we are welcoming, set clear boundaries, value the health of the group, and encourage good personal leadership and behavior, the whole system will work together to create the environment we strive for in our program. More detailed information about our policy is available in Word | PDF.