Children & Youth
A Note from Mandie Hamman, Our Director of Religious Education:
The goal of the OUUC religious education program is to provide a safe, welcoming, loving environment for religious education for children and youth that is grounded in the UU principles, encourages spiritual and intellectual growth and empowers our children to live our common ideals and develop their individual faith.
We offer opportunities for the children and youth to question and learn, to worship, to engage in social action projects, and to participate in activities that promote friendships with peers and adults.
Activities are designed to match the child’s age, ability and interest; to understand our religious tradition which focuses on an individual search for meaning, and to ponder the questions that all religions address. We draw materials from many sources, including the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The children and youth of the congregation are very important members of our multi-generational church community. Most Sundays, they are present for the first 15 minutes of service before leaving for their activities. Several times a year they participate in multi-generational Worship.
We engage the children in social action, appropriate to their age. Past activities have been making dinner for Urban Hope (which feeds the homeless), collecting for Unicef, singing carols at a local nursing home, collecting materials for the Homeless Stand Down, and caring for the environment right here at church.
Our school aged-children learn, play and create together in one group. We provide interactive childcare for our pre-schoolers in a well-equipped play room; and we offer a nursery for babies and toddlers.
We are grateful for our RE committee members and volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that our children get a well-rounded UU spiritual education.
Upcoming Events for Children and Youth
Past Events › Sunday School
“Kindness planted in the soil, Of another with a need… Will one day blossom back to your, A product of this spirit seed. –Kate Buxbaum-Prado This Sunday we will do a mindfulness activity called "Imaginary Hugs". We will also make a balloon rocket.Find out more »
We will recognize the children in the RE program and the adults who help it work so well. We will read and discuss "Strength in Unity," an old Indian story about the power of working together. And we will free create.Find out more »
On the Big Question Sunday, we'll ask: "Is Everything Connected?" We will talk about the interconnectedness of the world and read a story called, "Dear Children of the earth: A Letter from Home" by Shim Shimmel. We will do a mindful game called "Wishes for the World" where we pretend to make a giant ball that holds all of our friendly wishes for the world.Find out more »
On this Father's Day, we will discuss the things our fathers do for us and our favorite activities we do with them. We will make a Father's Day craft. This will be our last day of regular Sunday School. We will offer child care on Sundays during the summer. Please call the office (440-777-6622) by the Tuesday before to arrange for care. Sunday School resumes on September 16.Find out more »
The goal of our Religious Education program is to provide a safe, welcoming, loving environment, which is founded in the Seven UU Principles, encourages spiritual and intellectual growth, and empowers our children to live our common ideals and develop their individual faith. Our children are important members of our congregation. On some Sundays they start in the sanctuary with their families, then leave for class. On other Sundays, they have a full hour of religious activities. Child care for infants…Find out more »