Our Philosophy of Religious Education
We provide programs for all children and youth to engage their minds, awaken their spirits, and encourage compassion for others. At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are seven Principles. The Principles direct us toward a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love.
In June of 2015, our class of 4th and 5th graders, inspired by the Tapestry of Faith curriculum ‘Circle of Trees’, created this public service announcement to raise awareness about deforestation.
Classes for Grades Pre-K through 5
Our elementary religious exploration classes meet on Sunday mornings during the service, September through early June. Classes are held in the lower level of our building. Children sit with their parents at the beginning of the service and head down to the classrooms for a children’s chapel and religious exploration classes.
Jr High Youth Group
Youth Groups meet every Sunday morning from 9:30 am to 10:15 pm from October through Early June. Classes are held on the lower level of our building.
Nursery Care is provided during all church services.
Our nursery is a safe place where children not yet in kindergarten are welcomed to enjoy free play and the company of other children while their parents/caregivers attend services. While in the nursery, children may play with a variety of age-appropriate toys, including blocks, dress-up clothes, puzzles, and books. In addition, children have the opportunity to sing songs, act out finger plays, color, and create artwork, should they choose to do so.
We encourage newcomers as well as members and friends of our congregation who have young children to take advantage of our nursery. Parents have the opportunity to focus on the service and to enjoy coffee and conversation after the service while their children are cared for nearby.
The nursery is located in the lower level of the building, where there are always at least two supervising adults at all times. Child care is provided by Heather Cintula, a New York State certified preschool teacher, and by approved volunteers from our congregation. Parents are also welcomed to stay with their child in the nursery until he/she feels comfortable.
Director of Religious Exploration
Julie Lewis is a graduate of Skidmore College and Sage Graduate School, with a Masters degree in Education. She has taught every age and ability from early childhood to college, and enjoys connecting both children and adults with the beauty and power of art, meditation and children’s literature. Julie has been involved with the Religious Exploration program at UU Saratoga for many years.