Religious Exploration with Children and Youth

A Safe Space for Children

Are you looking for a safe space to bring your children on Sunday mornings where they can grow socially, emotionally and spiritually?  Please consider joining us on a Sunday morning.  Enrollment is available at any time during the school year.  Please join us in person or look for the registration link coming soon.

Religious Exploration in April

A Note from the DRE
Please consider joining us for one of our RE classes.  All our children this year are “Building Bears of Wholeness” and collecting badges that support our values.  Our goals for our children are to have time for faith, fellowship, food and fun; and we work hard to provide this!  There are always new bears for newcomers no matter the age or how long they join us.  We have a nursery with two babysitters each week for young children and infants as well as a Religious Exploration class for children.  Enrollment is ongoing and can be completed at any time.  If your children are older, we have a youth group that meets twice a month on Sunday evenings.  

RE Classes
The children collected their “My Home” and “Harvesting Hope” badges and reviewed the meaning of “ancestors” and being good hosts.  Additional badges will be offered every other week to ensure the children obtain the 16 badges for the lessons they had this year.  They are inserting the badges into their “build a bears.”  Next month we will be talking about legacies and some of our Unitarian Universalist heroes.

Nursery During the Worship Service
Nursery is still being run by Niko Pucillo-Dunphy, and they receive support from Jesse Hoyle as the second in charge.  We have two toddlers and are always ready to have more young children/infants if you are interested in joining us on a Sunday morning.

Our Whole Lives
OWL is going very well and has 3 – 5 youth regularly.  Our classes are on April 7 and April 28 this month. This is a closed group that will be offered again in a couple years for youth in the 7th – 9th grades.

RE Committee
The meeting will be held on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor.  The current members of the Committee are Christine Hoyle, Chris Dargelis and Kelly Lownds; new members are welcome.   Please reach out to dre@uumiddleboro.org if you are interested in helping our group.

Youth Group
The group will enjoy a sleepover in April.   We will finish our air mural and will install the earth and air mural components.    We will also be enjoying pizza and cookies.Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration

Upcoming RE events

Apr
21
Apr
28
OWL Meeting
12:30 pm
May
1
May
5
OWL Meeting
12:30 pm
May
19
OWL Meeting
12:30 pm

Religious Exploration
at UU Middleboro

Sunday school is back in person this year!! Church starts at 10:30 and we will be meeting during the church service, downstairs after the Message for All Ages around 10:45. We will have registration on September 10, and our first class will be on September 17. Our older youth will meet on Sunday evenings every other week. More to come on this!

This year we are Building a Bear of Wholeness.   What does it take to make a home?  This year we will think about this and what purposes and functions our home serves for both humans and animals.  We will explore concepts of belonging, the role we play in our home and our community, and we will think about our faith home.  Our faith home, much as our family home, offers joys, protection and responsibilities.  Each month we will add items to our build a bears.  

Religious Exploration at UU Middleboro works to allow our children and adults to freely explore together what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. We ask questions and search for answers together in an open and nurturing environment. We draw our curriculum from the Tapestry of Faith. Using out seven principles and six sources, we journey together to love one another, be fair, care for the earth, understand democratic principles, encourage continuous learning and work towards a world that is peaceful, fair and equitable. We are a safe congregation, and we CORI the teachers and helpers in our program. Registration for RE is recommended, but all are welcome to try out our classes and spend time with our wonderful youth and teachers. 

We don’t forget the parents either! We have a monthly parent coffee hour that we hold virtually the second Sunday of the month at 11:45 after the church service. Please join us!

  • We believe that each and every person is important.
  • We believe that all people should be treated fairly.
  • We believe that our churches are places where all people are accepted and where we keep on learning together.
  • We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
  • We believe that everyone should have a vote about things that concern them.
  • We believe in working for a peaceful, fair and free world.
  • We believe in caring for our planet earth.

Please contact:

Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration
dre@uumiddleboro.org

Religious Exploration Committee:
Christine Hoyle, Chair; Kelly Lownds; Greg Stevens; Nancy Kidd