Elementary Ages

The RE program runs from September through mid- June

An RE Program for children in grades Pre-K through 5th grade is offered during the 9am service. This theme-based program is called "The Workshop Model.” All children begin Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary to participate in the rituals of lighting the chalice, singing together and participating in the Lesson for All Ages. Following the Lesson, the children transition to RE Program spaces.

We have two multi-aged workshop "teams,” Green Team for children in PK-2nd grade and Blue Team for children in 3rd-5th grade. Each month, the workshop teams will delve into a new theme that follows along with the theme-based ministry happening in the Sanctuary. Each month, the workshops are led by 2-3 volunteers from the congregation, who rotate between the teams. The Workshop Leaders shape a learning experience around the monthly theme that may incorporate their special talents or personal interests, such as arts, music, gardening or foreign language. It’s a great opportunity for intergenerational community building!Each team is accompanied for 10-12 weeks by a volunteer know as a Guide. The Guide is a steady presence in the group who gets to know the children individually and supports the Workshop Leader’s planned activities.

Searching for an Easter egg

The Workshop Team themes for 2016-17 are drawn from the Soul Matters Sharing Circle, a network of 200+ Unitarian-Universalists congregations that are exploring theme-based ministry. This is the first year that Allen Avenue UU Church is participating. The Sharing Circle program provides resources and RE Session ideas around the theme. Each month asks a question about an aspect of community.

Monthly Themes

What does it mean to be a community of ________________?

April: Transformation

May: Embodiment

June: Zest

The Workshop Team program for children in grades PK-5 is offered during the 9am worship service.

Children are welcome to begin attending the program at any time during the year. If you and your child(ren) are attending for the first time, please accompany your child to their program space and fill out a brief registration form with the program volunteer.

Please contact the Director of Religious Education for more information.

Books we’re reading together:

Green Team (PK-2nd grade) Thich Naht Hanh’s book A Handful of Quiet, mindfulness activities for all ages

Blue Team (3rd-5th grade) John Muth’s illustrated telling of Leo Tolstoy’s Three Questions, asking who and what is important through a parable that concludes we can answer that best when we stay present.