Welcome to the Religious Education program of the Unitarian Church of Sharon (UCS). We trust that you will find a comfortable community here in which your child’s spirit can grow.
We recognize that parents are the primary religious educators for their children. The Religious Education (RE) program of the Unitarian Church of Sharon aims to support parents and families in this effort.
Our vision is to create a community:
- where our young members are full participants
- which fosters respect, acceptance, carefully considered values, ethical thought and action
- which is safe, fun, and comfortable
- which supports self-realization within a framework of discussion, questioning, and learning
The entire congregation provides the underlying curriculum of the RE program. Our actions speak louder than our words; our interactions and relationships teach children what we truly value.
-We encourage children and youth to participate in worship each Sunday service to share adult rituals.
-We respect the joys and concerns children voice each week.
-We thoughtfully appreciate all contributions during the 10 am worship service..
-We offer children and youth a “larger family” of congregation members who know them and care for them, both in church on Sunday mornings, as well as throughout the rest of the week.
What are your goals for your child’s religious education? We encourage you to share your questions and concerns with Louise Marcoux, our Director of Religious Education (DRE) or Chris Scheller, our Youth Coordinator.
The RE program of the Unitarian Church of Sharon meets every Sunday morning from September through June. Children attend the 10 am worship service with their families. At 10:25 am, they adjourn downstairs to begin class until 11:30. Parents are asked to pick up their children from class at 11:30.
Please note that our 7th and 8th graders will be using the Our Whole Lives curriculum this year. Classes for this group run from 10 am to 11:30 am.
Information regarding the Religious Education program can be found in the monthly newsletter, the weekly order of service, or on the RE bulletin board in the vestry. In addition, the DRE and RE Assistant may send e-mails throughout the church year to inform parents about specific classroom events or topics. We encourage parents to introduce themselves to the teaching team and/or the Director of Religious Education to share any questions or concerns.
Visitors are always welcome in the RE program. All visitors are asked to fill out a visitor form in the classroom, so that teachers are aware of any special needs and so that the DRE can send parents information about upcoming classes (e.g. dressing appropriately for a messy activity).
If you find that you will be attending regularly, we do ask that you register your child. If you have not yet registered your child for this program year, please pick up a form from the RE bulletin board in the vestry and drop off your completed form to the RE Committee mailbox in the church office. You may also download a form here or register online.
The RE program is funded by the operating budget of the church. To supplement the budget, however, we ask that those enrolled pay a fee of $40 per child (or a maximum of $60 per family). Scholarships are available confidentially through the minister, RE Committee Chair, or Director of Religious Education (DRE).
Our classes are grouped according to grade level and meet in separate classrooms.
- Preschool – Kindergarten
- Grades 1 & 2
- Grades 3 & 4
- Grades 5 & 6
- Grades 7 & 8
If you have questions about your child’s placement, please speak with the Director of Religious Education.
Our curricula, obtained through the Unitarian Universalist Association, are designed to present either an overview of several aspects of the Unitarian Universalist principles or focus on a specific area important to Unitarian Universalism. The major themes addressed in our Religious Education program include UU Principles and Purposes, Judeo-Christian Heritage, Earth-based Religions, World Religions, Diversity/Social Justice, Spiritual Practices, and Social Action. Most of the curricula selected are used in many local UU churches. Some are developed by our DRE with the specific needs of a group in mind. Please feel free to bring questions, comments, or concerns to the DRE, any member of the RE Committee, or classroom teachers.
Our teachers are caring volunteers: some have many years of experience in this ministry of religious education, others are relative newcomers just embarking on this journey. Most teachers commit to 6-12 Sundays of religious education over the course of the year – as part of a rotating team of 7-10 volunteers. This year-long teaching commitment provides adequate continuity for the children and fosters communication among team members and with families. Participants in this ministry of religious education are also able to balance this experience with participation in adult worship throughout the year.
Religious Education Committee
The RE Committee is responsible for maintaining the RE program. This dedicated group of volunteers meets monthly to ensure happy, productive experiences for our children and young members. The RE Committee works in cooperation with our Director of Religious Education (DRE), Youth Coordinator and the Minister.