Welcome to Northlake UU’s Children’s Religious Education
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.
Most Sundays, our children and youth begin the morning with the congregation in the sanctuary, and then go to their classrooms after a Time for All Ages.
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.
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! All visitors are asked to provide contact information before leaving children in the classroom. We ask visitors to try out Northlake for up to 3 visits, and then, if we are a good fit, we ask that visitors register their children for the Children’s Religious Education Program.
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.
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.
2018 – 2019 Curriculum
During the 2018 – 2019 school year, our Children’s Religious Education classes will use a variety of curricula that draw from Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources. Our program offers spiritual and ethical development, the creation of a Unitarian Universalist identity, and literacy in world religious traditions
The classes we will offer this year will be:
YOUNG FRIENDS CLASS (NURSERY/PRESCHOOL)
Our Young Friends class offers a fun environment for our youngest children (0-4 years old) to make new friends and play together.
YOUNG EXPLORERS (generally for 5 - 7 year olds / K - 2nd graders)
We are offering the Young Explorers class for all 5 -7 year olds (approximately Kindergarten – 2nd graders). The Young Explorers class offers an exploration of our Unitarian Universalist faith, and introduces essential religious questions through stories and activities following our Soul Matters themes. The Young Explorers class has two staff teachers who are there most every Sunday, alongside a rotating volunteer teacher. This allows children to have the consistency of a regular teacher and also get to know other adults in the congregation.
EXPLORERS (3rd - 5th graders)
Our Explorers class will develop their Unitarian Universalist identities while exploring the Soul Matters monthly themes through story, movement, games and hands-on activities. The Explorers class will be led by two of our volunteer teachers.
SEEKERS (6th - 12th graders)
Our 6th-12th grade class will focus on Unitarian Universalist identity and community building through small group discussion using our Soul Matters monthly themes. This class will be led by a team of volunteer teachers.
September 28-30th is the annual Puget Sound Middle School Con for middle schoolers active in a Unitarian Universalist church in the area. Register online here!