Youth Religious Education
Youth Religious Education classes begin at 9:30AM on Sunday morning and end at 10:45AM. Children can then head to the sanctuary for the sermon at 11:00AM. The younger children (kindergarten and younger) can either go straight to childcare after RE or they can attend the service until the Story, after which the children go as a group to childcare. Either way, parents are responsible for picking up their child from their RE class at 10:45.
Classrooms are listed below for each class. See a map of the church buildings and room names
Special Needs Workshop
On September 23, 2016 Tatum Odum, currently the Child Find Coordinator for Johnson City Schools, PREK Special Education teacher, and an ETSU Adjunct faculty, came to HVUUC to provide our RE volunteers with information about different types of special needs and how these needs affect different ages of children.
Nursery and Child Care
Nursery care is available for children age newborn thru age 4 (or not yet potty trained) during the Youth RE classes (9:30AM-10:45AM).
Childcare is available during the church service from 11AM-12:30PM for children age newborn thru kindergarten.
Pre K - 1st Grade
Joseph Priestley Room - This class is located on the first floor of the Religious Education building.
Learning and Fun through Stories
The PreK-1st graders focus is on Stories that have passed through the generations from World Religions,other Cultures and Nature...all with lessons to learn.
We invite children 4 years old and fully potty trained, through 1st grade to join us in our Pre K-1st class.
2nd - 4th Grade
David Thoreau Room - This class is located on the first floor of the Religious Education building.
Change and Transformations
The 2nd-4th graders will be looking at Change and Transformations together this year. We will watch our own changes as we grow this year; those in a special tree and nature nearby and on earth; the big movements of our planet and galaxy, and changes that we can make as we work for social justice. Each lesson will be connected to one of our U.U.principles and it will include a story from children's literature, as well as activities and experiences. (We will be outdoors fairly frequently, so please be sure that your child has sturdy shoes, and winter- warm clothing later this year.)
5th - 12th Grade
James Reeb Room - This class is located on the second floor of the Religious Education building.
Building Bridges: A World Religious Program
Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth's understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.
The program is organized roughly chronologically, capturing the strong parallel between societal change and religious evolution over human history. The Religions Time Line helps illustrate the emergence of religions in clusters at different points in history. However, this is not a history course. It is a series of workshops that attempts to lovingly and reverently examine some of the closest kept treasures of the human heart. This exploration nurtures participants' positive outlook toward other faiths and the people who follow them.
To study religion together is to invite a certain amount of discomfort for individuals and conflict in a group. This program provides youth a unique opportunity to engage the world's diversity of faiths in a safe, affirming atmosphere that is grounded in Unitarian Universalist faith. As facilitators, acknowledge tensions and disagreement and model how to work toward understanding. Help create an environment where respectful exploration and questioning are encouraged, where differences are encountered with open minds and hearts.