Our fabulous nursery is open from 10am-12pm for children who are too young for the Religious Education classes and comfortable away from parents. Infants and toddlers enjoy guided play, crafts, stories, and social interaction with skilled staff and parent volunteers who foster a fun and caring atmosphere. Parents can attend the service in the Sanctuary with their minds at ease and afterwards enjoy Coffee Hour in the Social Hall.
Classes We Offer
All children and youth from nursery through 12th grade who will participate in Religious Education at May Memorial need to be registered into the program. The registration form provides us with contact and medical information, as well as permission for your child(ren) to to participate in the program and your photo release preferences. Register here for the 2015-2016 program!
The Religious Education program could not exist without volunteers. If you would like to get involved, please contact our Director of Religious Education.
"Natural Wonders" Pre-K children aged 3-4
Children are presented with a story told with interactive props that highlights UU values through "Spirit Play". After the story, children are given questions to ponder and then have time to play and have snack together in the nursery alongside their younger peers.
"World of Wonder" Kindergarten-2nd grade
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, excitment, 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 their early years can set a pattern for the rest of children's lives, bringing lasting openness to the wonder nature can spark.
"Moral Tales" 3rd-4th grade
Every day our chilren go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. Moral Tales arremptes to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values. As Kevin Ryan and Karen Bohlin suggest in their book, Building Character in Schools (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999), stories such as the ones woven throughout Moral Tales can activate and inform children's learning about how to make moral choices.
"Jedi Academy" 5th-6th grade
By exploring mindfulness through the teachings found in "Star Wars", children in Jedi Academy will gain practical spiritual skills. Children in this class will become padawan learners who will train in skill, senses, courage, insight, and spirit. (Children do not need to have prior knowledge of the "Star Wars" stories to participate).
photo credit: B. Shultz
"Coming of Age" 7th-8th grade
A collaborative class with First UU, youth explore Unitarian Universalism and formulate their own persona faith statement, or credo with the support of their mentors and guides. From the text: "The goal of Coming of Age is to help youth better appreciate Unitarian Universalism, their own beliefs and values, and how these intersect. It will enable them to grasp what it means to belong to a congregation so that they may become informed members."
"Teenz" 9th-12th grade
This is a joint youth group between May Memorial and our sister congregation, First UU. Focused on community building, community service and developing leadership skills.