This Week in Children’s Virtual RE at Northlake…
May 2, 2021
All of our programs are online this year. For security reasons, we do not post or publish the zoom meeting links publicly. Please contact Margaret Rogers for the meeting information.
Children’s class (ages 0-12)
Join us Sunday for our 9:30 class as we explore theme of Story. Our story focus this week is The Winds of Change, about Universalists John Murray and Thomas Potter. We will have a chalice lighting, Joys and Sorrows, story and discussion, and a song! We hope to see you there!
Youth Group (grades 6-12th)
This Sunday at noon, our Youth group will explore the theme of Story and how our stories shape our understandings. We will have a chalice lighting, highs-lows and check-in! We hope you can join us!
Please note, there will be no Youth group meeting Sunday, May 9th for Mother’s Day.
Join us for Tuesday Story time at 5 pm (Pre-K to 4th graders) weekly. Email Margaret Rogers for the links.
We strive to be a deeply connected and supportive religious education community that teaches the values of our religion and helps our children and youth find their own spiritual identity within an environment where they feel safe, accepted, respected and happy. Unitarian Universalist religious education is a process which celebrates our religious identity and forms a foundation for a lifelong search for truth and meaning. In our program we endeavor to:
• Instill a belief in the sacredness and interconnectedness of all life.
• Encourage participation in celebrations and rituals that mark life’s passages.
• Build religious/spiritual knowledge based on Unitarian Universalism and other religions.
• Encourage adult participation in the life and growth of our youth.
• Develop leadership and democratic skills.
• Foster a sense of belonging to a wider community and the Universe.
This year, although we are not meeting in person, we are committed to continuing to serve families through online children’s and youth programming, supporting parents in religious and spiritual exploration at home with their children, and through online multigenerational worship services.
We look forward to meeting you and your family. If you would like additional information or if you have questions, please contact Margaret Rogers, Director of Lifespan Religious Education by email or 425-822-0171. Margaret also coordinates educational opportunities for adults.
Children’s Online Gathering @ 9:30 am Sundays, via Zoom
Our online Children’s Religious Education classes for preschool and elementary school age children explore a variety of themes and values. We open each class with a chalice lighting and a time to share our joys and sorrows from the week. We then share a wisdom story and have a time for discussion of the story. We also have a monthly song that we learn that is related to our month’s theme. Some weeks we also have a short time for meditation. We encourage children to bring some paper and colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc. and to feel free to use these during class as they listen to one another and share their ideas. Some of our class activities and games will also use these materials.
Youth Group @ Noon Sundays, via Zoom
Our youth group is for youth in grades 6-12. Our goal for the youth in our youth group is to build connections with one another while exploring important topics. Youth group gatherings usually begin with a chalice lighting and check-in, followed by an introduction to the topic and questions to explore. We also invite the youth to bring game ideas to play together. Each gathering ends with a closing and extinguishing the chalice.
We also have Friday evening online social events for youth – game night, open mic night, etc. Please sign up for the weekly updates for more information about these and when they are scheduled.
When we are meeting in person, Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church provides childcare from birth through preschool, from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. for parents and caregivers attending the Sunday worship service. Children will be supervised by our nursery staff, and welcomed to play together and read. Parents and caregivers are invited to stay with their children as long as needed for everyone to feel comfortable in their surroundings and to check in any time. Children of visitors are welcome.
We love visitors! Our children’s class starts at 9:30 am for ages 0-12. To join us, please email Margaret Rogers, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, for the zoom meeting information. We use a waiting room system on zoom for safety, so please be sure that the name you connect with matches the name you gave in your email.
Help your child have a better experience by bringing them often. Regular attendance allows children to build relationships at church and permits more continuity between lessons. Please make Sunday morning church a family ritual.
After you’ve visited a few times, we ask that families register for our Children’s and Youth programming, which allows us to know more about the children that we are serving and to collect contact information for sending out weekly program updates. You can register online here or by emailing Margaret Rogers, the Director of Lifespan Religious Education.
CHILDREN'S COVENANT OF RELATIONS
We light this chalice to remind ourselves
- to treat all people kindly, because they are our brothers and sisters;
- to take good care of the earth, because it is our home;
- to live our lives full of goodness and love because that is how we will become the best people we can be.