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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


 

Religious Education & Childcare Opportunities

Religious Education is held September-May, during the 9:15 service. All children (PreK-Grade 5) begin each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall and then go to their classrooms. Once a month there will be a large group activity for all students. The 6-8 grade class typically begins each Sunday in the Youth Room.

9:15 am, Religious Education classes for Grades PreK; K-1; 2-3; 4-5; 6-8

9:15 am, Childcare available for age 3-PreK

11:00 am, Childcare available for age 3-Grade 5

9:15 & 11:00 am, Nursery care available for infants through age 3.

Nursery care is available during the Sunday Services year round, at all services, for infants through PreK.   Childcare (activity focused) is available for PreK-Grade 5, during the 11:00 service (or 10:00 in summer).

Our nursery and childcare rooms are staffed approximately 10 minutes before and after each service.  Children must be signed in and out each week by their parent/guardian, so caregivers will be able to find them if needed, and to know that children have been reconnected with those who brought them.  All children in care of nursery staff must have an information card on file in the nursery, which are available from staff.  Thank you!

 

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 be a Unitarian Universalist 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.
  • A designated responsible adult for each child (age 14 or younger) must remain on the church campus on Sunday mornings or during other events.
  • Children in Grade 3 and younger must  be picked up from their classrooms by their designated adult.  Children in Grade 4 and older will be released to find their adult when class time has finished.
  • 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 Education Coordinator 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 arrive at least 10 minutes before the Religious Education class or activity begins so that the Religious Education Coordinator or a UUFA Volunteer may give them a tour of the classrooms and Religious Education facilities.
  • Any parent or designated responsible adult is welcome to attend and observe classes with their children on Sunday mornings.    

 

Volunteering

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

 

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UUFA trip consent and authorization form - fillable.pdf829.07 KB
RE Safety Guideline.pdf490.57 KB
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