CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 

Register now for 2021-2022 Children/Youth Programming!

Please register your family for Children/Youth Religious Education here, then click on the links below to register each child/youth for specific programming:

This Week in Children’s Virtual RE at Northlake…

October 3, 2021

Northlake is continuing to offer online programming for children and youth this year. For security reasons, we do not post or publish the zoom meeting links publicly. Please register to receive the links via email, or email Margaret Rogers for assistance.

Children’s class (up to 5th grade)

Join us Sunday for our 9:45 am class as we explore the theme of Cultivating Relationships. Our story focus this week is “Old Joe and the Carpenter”. We will have breakout groups for our older and younger participants. We always recommend having some crafting materials nearby, which children are welcome to use while listening to the story and participating in the discussion (paper, crayons, markers, glue, odds and ends). We will have a chalice lighting, Joys and Sorrows, story and discussion. We hope to see you there!

Weekly Online Story time (K-5th grade)

Join us for Tuesday Story time at 5 pm (K to 5th graders). We read a story each week, then play games together! Email Margaret Rogers for the links.

Middle School Online Youth Group (grades 6-8th) @ 1 PM-

Our Middle School Online Youth Group continues this week as we explore the mysteries and Big Questions that religions answer. Our emphasis for the first few weeks is on building community, and we will be playing games and offering many opportunities to get to know one another. We hope to see you there! Email Margaret Rogers for the link.

High School Online Youth Group (grades 9-12th) – Starts Wednesday, October 6th @ 7 pm!

Register now for High School Online Youth Group! We will meet weekly on Wednesdays on zoom. We will be focusing on making connections and building community in our first month, and we will be starting the year with the Music and Meaning curriculum. Later in the year, youth will choose the topics and themes they want to explore.

In-Person Youth Group Activities (grades 6-12th)

When it is safe to do so, Northlake will be offering outdoor, in person activities for youth to gather and reconnect in person. Activities will include service projects and social time. Please register if you would like to be on the mailing list to receive information about in-person youth group.


Our Philosophy

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.

2021-2022 Offerings

Children’s Online Gathering @ 9:45 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 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.

Middle and High School Online Youth Group

Northlake will be participating in online collaborative youth groups with UU congregations from around the area for the 2021-2022 year. Youth group gatherings will emphasize making connections and having fun with other youth while exploring our values and identity as Unitarian Universalists.

Middle School Online Youth Group will begin September 26th, and will meet weekly on Sundays @ 1 pm.

High School Online Youth Group will begin October 6th, and will meet weekly on Wednesdays @ 7 pm.

photo of worship at Northlake

GENERAL INFORMATION

NURSERY

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.

VISITORS

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.

ATTENDANCE

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.

REGISTRATION

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 siblings in spirit;
    • 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.
Kid's area at Northlake
Children at Northlake Church