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Children's Religious Education
Welcome. This is a place where children, parents, and teachers learn, grow, create, paint, laugh, cry, wonder, find sanctuary, explore, learn to speak with love and to listen with wisdom. The program is designed for children 3 to 13 years old. With advance notice, we can provide childcare for infants and toddlers.
Beacon's Religious Education aims to nurture children's growth by:
The program uses stories, music, drama, role-playing, and visual arts to delve into many different religious traditions, linking them to the seven principles of Unitarianism. Child-focused, it engages young people, helping them to develop an ethical foundation and assisting them in becoming amazing adults.
The children start their Sundays with the rest of the congregation and listen to a 'Story for All Ages' before gathering in class for opening rituals, stories, and lessons. Opportunities for the younger and older children to come together on holy days are planned as are intergenerational services. Volunteer teachers within the Beacon community receive trainings and lead the classes.
Here are the curricula for the children's religious education program:
SPIRIT PLAY (for children 3–8 years): We begin our time together by sharing a joy or a sorrow. This ritual is followed by a story – most Spirit Play stories have both a story and "figurines", which are made to enact the plot. Then the children choose an art response, or to work with a previously heard story, or to engage in free play. We finish with a closing song. World Religions, Science and Nature, Wonder and Awe, celebration of holy days and Unitarian traditions will be presented.
RIDDLE & MYSTERY (for children 9–13 years): This program inquires into life's big questions in a fun and playful way. We use the seven Unitarian principles as guidance; allowing children to form their own thoughts and ideas within this framework.
Religious Education Mission Statement
Beacon Unitarian Church is committed to providing and supporting a Religious Education program for children and youth that:
To this end, we provide:
Beacon offers your children a spiritual and ethical foundation that we hope will support your family's parenting goals. Our program strives to give children the knowledge and experience to help them develop their own strong values, enhance their self-esteem, and discover their own spiritual identities.
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