To provide a safe environment that encourages development of an open mind,
helping hands and a loving heart in our children and youth!
Within the Religious Education program of this church we will encourage our young people:
- To embrace their own spiritual journeys
- To develop the inner strength necessary to make independent value judgments based on truth and love
- To develop their own gifts and self-worth
- To inspire respect for others
- To celebrate the diversity and interdependence of all life
- To become responsible, active members of the world community
The goals of the Children’s Religious Education Program include:
- Encourage a sense of community and a commitment to social justice
- Encourage a healthy sense of self
- Practice critical thinking
- Become knowledgeable about Unitarian Universalism
- Improve religious literacy
- Experience meaningful worship and ritual
At Westside, we value our children as the individuals of worth and dignity that they are. We encourage them to take part in the life of the church, enjoying their participation in social activities, like dances, picnics, camping trips and talent shows, as well as attending part of the worship service. We also have activities geared specifically for the children and youth, especially our religious education classes.
Every Sunday the children attend part of the worship service. After "A Time for All Ages" during the regular service, the children are allowed to leave ther service for the religious education classes. There are different classes available depending on which service you attend.
During the 10:00 a.m. service, children will go to Children’s Chapel. Children’s Chapel is for Pre-K through 5th grade children to participate in a short lesson involving Art, Science, Literature, Social Justice or many other great ideas brought by facilitators. The middle school and high school students are welcome to assist the adult facilitators and earn community service hours.
Religious Education Classes
During the 11:30 service, the children and youth start in the service as before and then are dismissed to smaller religious education classes. The classes are divided according to age and school grade. Listed below are the classes and the corresponding age/grade level:
- Fahs Class - Pre-K
- Barton Class - Kindergarten-3rd Grade
- Anthony Class - 4th-5th Grade
- Young Class - 6th-8th Grade
- Emerson Class - 9th-12th Grade
For each class, the curriculum selections and activities will emphasize becoming part of the church community, Unitarian Universalist identity, the sources of our faith, and social justice.