New Approaches to Religious Education:
As we maintain social distancing, our program for kids has shifted. To accommodate what we have seen and heard from parents and caregivers, we have prioritized three things:
1. Supporting parents as primary nurturers of their kids' spiritual lives
2. Less screen time
3. Low-pressure options that can be done whenever
If these priorities align with what you want for your family at this time, sign up to receive Soulful Home. Soulful Home is a curriculum for whole family spiritual exploration that is woven into daily routine of family life. You will receive a monthly packet in the mail that is organized around eight distinct family "spaces" with ideas and resources to fill those spaces with UU theme-based exploration. It's about creating memorable and amazing moments, through a design that is manageable, faithful and fun! And do it at your own pace, all of it or none of it. All packets will be designed with Covid-19 social distancing measures in mind. Sign up here.
Additionally, we offer a support group for parents called "Parenting in a Pandemic" which holds space for comparing strategies and tips, venting frustrations and losses, and developing relationships with other parents in your community. Subscribe to our RE newsletter to learn more and get updated as we add dates.
***For When We Return to In Person Gathering***
Where do I take my kids on Sunday?
We offer Religious Education (RE) for those in Kindergarten through 5th grade from 11:00-12:15 during the months of September through June. The first fifteen minutes of worship in the sanctuary is intended for the whole family. After about fifteen minutes, we have a Time for All Ages and then children will be escorted by teachers out of the sanctuary and up to their classrooms.
Occasionally, we will offer Children's Chapel in the Joseph Priestley Chapel that will run from 11:00-11:15 (followed by regular RE) with Rev. Hannah Capaldi. This takes the place of the usual time with adults in the sanctuary.
Why do I take my kids on Sunday?
We believe that young people have spiritual lives that need to be nurtured and attended to. Religious Education at First Unitarian Philadelphia strives to instill children with an understanding of Unitarian Universalist principles about the dignity and worth of all beings and our responsibility to do right by others and the planet. We believe children should make decisions for themselves but not by themselves--we are here to help!
Exploring your faith together can strengthen family bonds and underscore the messages and values that you as parents are already teaching. We want you to feel that you are not alone in raising good people!
What if my kids are younger than Kindergarten?
We offer nursery programming for infants through Kindergarten age. Our Nursery Director, Shelby Campbell, ensures that the littlest ones have a safe and nurturing environment until adult worship in the sanctuary is completed.
Sounds great! How do I sign up?
Please fill out the registration form here: https://forms.gle/
Be in touch with our Minister of Faith Formation, Rev. Hannah Capaldi, with any questions or concerns. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.