Youth Program Sunday Details

We offer Youth Religious Education (RE) classes for children in grades Pre-K through 5th, and youth Middle & High School. Classes are held Sundays from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM beginning September 18th and continuing through the end of May.

When You Arrive

Children may be signed in by their parents in their respective classroom at 10:50 AM before the service. All youth classrooms are on the lower level. If this is your first visit, ask to see our Director of Religious Education, who will happy to show you around and get your children registered to attend classes.

Classes conclude at 12:00 PM. Please pick up your child(ren) in their assigned classrooms. Note: You must sign your children out of their rooms on the attendance sheets and inform one of the classroom teachers before removing your children from the classrooms.

Safety

Peoples Church follows UUA recommendations for Safe Congregations. We expect our children and youth to be safe and supervised at all times. All classroom lessons are provided by Peoples staff and all classes are taught by background checked and trained volunteer teachers. For the safety and protection of all parties, no volunteers have been involved with the church for fewer than 6 months, and no adults are ever left 1 on 1 with youth.

Registration

Visitors are welcome. We ask that you register your children so we can add you and your children to our database and keep permission forms and records up-to-date. All families must re-register each year. No Fees are required, but donations are always welcome.

Attendance

Regular attendance is vital to achieve the greatest benefit in the RE Program. Regular attendance enables children to feel comfortable with their teachers and the other children in their classes, to experience the continuity of their curricula, and to feel a part of the community.

Dress

Casual! Because we know children learn and grow by doing, we encourage children to dress comfortably and in clothes that can get dirty. We paint, work with clay, and sometimes go outside. Children should bring jackets and coats to the classroom so that they are easily accessible.

Behavior

Children covenant (make a moral contract) with their teachers at the beginning of the church year to reflect kindness, respect, and acceptance for all people, and to respect our church environment. Classes establish their own classroom covenants at the beginning of the year. Adult RE volunteers and the Director of Religious Education work with parents to address all children's needs and to resolve any behavior conflicts.

Adult Participation

Ours is a co-operative religious education program. The program depends on the involvement of parents and other adults. Each family is asked to volunteer in the RE program. We also heartily welcome the volunteer skills of all members of the congregation. Volunteer opportunities can include serving as a Lead teacher for classes, an assistant adult, being a member of the RE committee, planning special events and social action projects, and chaperoning High School Youth Group activities. We encourage you to share your special skills and interests with our youth.

Nursery & Activity Child Care

Child care is offered per 1 week advance request for all church events, and regularly in the Nursery from 9:15am - 12:15pm from September through May. For any changes in the Nursery Schedule, please see our Day Care Manager, Deb Maynard, the Peoples eWeekly or the Sunday Order of Service. Join our email list to receive the eWeekly update in your email inbox.

 

World of Wonder

Pre-K / 1st Graders

Main Teacher is Megan Jones

Her Assistant/ Backup Teacher is Arianne Waseen

This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development. Time spent experiencing and exploring nature during the kindergarten and first grade years can set a pattern for the rest of children's lives, bringing lasting openness to the wonder nature can spark.

Contents

 

Toolbox of Faith

2nd / 6th graders

Teacher is Jamie Zaruba

What tools does Unitarian Universalism offer for the challenges of life? Children discover what aspects of UU faith are helpful to them, developing a toolbox of faith.

Contents

 

Spending time with Rev. Rebecca Hinds

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Fire Safety Month Oct we visited the downtown Cedar Rapids Fire Station.

Fire Safety Month Oct we visited the downtown Cedar Rapids Fire Station.

Our Assistant High School Teacher Jack working with the young ones.

Our Assistant High School Teacher Jack working with the young ones.

Engaging every parent with RE helps children identify their goals for religious engagement.

Engaging every parent with RE helps children identify their goals for religious engagement.

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