The nursery provides infants and toddlers through age 3 with a caring atmosphere in which to be creative, to hear stories, to play together, to just look around, or even sleep. Care from paid staff members is provided from 10:45 until after service.
Children age four through fifth grade participate in Spirit Play, a story-based curriculum using the Montessori method, to create an environment for exploration and discovery. The teacher begins with a story using materials from a story basket and then asks the children wondering questions. The children continue this activity by choosing an art response, engaging with the story basket, listening to UU hymns, building a sacred space, or reading a book from the shelf. Lessons offered this year are from UUA curriculum, Wonderful Welcome, exploring why and how we welcome others by sharing intangible gifts such as kindness, invitation, covenant, and empathy.
Children’s Chapel will be offered six times over our 2015-16 RE year. Set up in the familiar format of our regular worship services, this time gives the children an opportunity to be in community with joys and sorrows shared, hymns sung, a story relevant to the monthly theme offered, along with a simple activity.
Parents and guardians are required to complete a registration form for children and youth. The registration form is available online, from the Director of Religious Education, and on the RE clipboard at the Welcome Table.