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Religious Education Overview

 

Life becomes religious whenever we make it so: when some new light is seen, when some deeper appreciation is felt, when some larger outlook is gained, when some nobler purpose is formed, when some task is well done.  - Sophia Lyon Fahs, Unitarian Religious Educator


 

2020-2021 Class Schedule

Religious Education classes will be held online via live virtual meeting on Sunday mornings, September through May.  Please see the schedule for meeting login information.  Classes have been reconfigured to better meet an online environment - learn more about curricula & lesson plan schedules here.

  • 9:30-10:00 am:  Kindergarten-First Grade
  • 9:30-10:15:  Second and Third Grades 
  • 9:30-10:15:  Fourth and Fifth Grades
  • 10:30-11:15:  Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades
  • 11:00:  Sunday Service
  • Last Sunday of each month:  10:00 am: Soul Matters for Kids Large Group Activity (K-5); Grades 6-8 join the service at 11:00 am.

 

2020-2021 Material Pickup Times

In this unprecedented time, the UUFA is dedicated to providing a quality educational experience for all of our students.  To that end, supplemental activities and class activity materials (art supplies, worksheets, take-home activities) are being provided to registered families.  Materials can be picked up between 1:00 and 5:00 pm on the dates below (subject to change, depending on weather and family availability, families will be notified ahead of time of any changes), and others will be delivered to homes after 5:30 pm during these weeks.  Please contact the Religious Educator (releducator@uufames.org) if you would like to arrange delivery or schedule a different pickup time.

  • September materials available: Monday, September 7th through Friday, September 11th
  • October materials available: Monday, September 28th through Friday, October 2nd
  • November materials available: Monday, October 26th through Friday, October 30th
  • December/January materials available: Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 4th
  • February materials available: Monday, February 1st through Friday, February 5th
  • March materials available: Monday, March 1st through Friday, March 5th
  • April materials available: Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2nd
  • May materials available: Monday, April 26 through Friday, April 30th

 

UUFA RE Children & Families Resource Folder

CLICK HERE to access the RE Children & Families Resource Folder.  Here you can find material lists, take-home lessons, general handouts, and more.

 

A Child-Focused, Safe Community

Our congregation strives to be a safe and welcoming place to all.  We value safety measures, while creating a supportive space for learning, creativity, and growth; especially for our children and youth.  Together, we can teach our children not only to live by Unitarian Universalist values, but also to live in a community that gives to, cares for, and affirms all of its members.  To that end, we require that:

  • All children must be registered to participate in Religious Education programming.  Regular attendees and visiting families are asked to fill out an information form, and to keep the UUFA office informed of any changes as they occur.  Providing UUFA staff and volunteer teachers with information about allergies, medical alerts, and photo permissions for each child keeps our Religious Education program safe and in compliance with the UUFA Safety Policy.
  • Two adult teachers/volunteers will be present in classrooms at all times.  (Teens who have completed our teen childcare orientation may count for 1 adult.)
  • State of Iowa Department of Human Services background checks be completed annually on all paid UUFA staff and volunteer teachers.
  • The Minister & Religious Educator serve as mandatory reporters of any suspected child abuse or neglect.

The RE Safety Guidelines outline more specifically the rights and responsibilities of parents, children, and our organization as a whole, as we maintain a safe space for all.

 

Visitors

  • Visitors are encouraged to check in online at least 10 minutes before the Religious Education class or activity begins so that the Religious Educator or a UUFA volunteer can help orient them.
  • Any parent or designated responsible adult is welcome to attend and observe classes with their children on Sunday mornings.  Please notify the meeting host if you are there to observe.

 

Volunteering

Families are encouraged to participate in the Religious Education program through multiple volunteer opportunities.  Contact the UUFA Religious Educator (releducator@uufames.org or 515-292-5960) for more information on participation or volunteering.

 

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