Children and Youth
Welcome to the Religious Education (R.E.) program for our Children and Youth! We are glad you are here. Every Sunday, a committed and enthusiastic team of volunteer teachers, parents, and staff create a nurturing space to explore liberal religious life with creativity, curiosity, and openness. Together we worship, we explore sources and traditions of our Unitarian Universalist faith, and we search for meaning in life’s big questions. We use our bodies, hearts, and minds to care for ourselves, each other, and our world.
The Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship seeks to support and deepen the spiritual lives of people of all ages, races, genders, backgrounds, and identities. We are a congregation of open hearts, open minds, and open hands. Welcome!
On Sundays, families gather in the sanctuary for the beginning of the service. Children experience elements of the worship service, listen to the “Story for All Ages,” and are then sung out by the congregation to “Go Now in Peace.”
We ask that the adults of children through 5th grade accompany their child out of the sanctuary to meet their teacher. There you will receive an attendance card that you hold onto until you reunite after the service.
First time visitors should accompany their children to the classroom so they know where to find them after the service.
Classes end at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm when there are two services. During "Summer" Worship times, classes begin at 10:15 am and end at 11:45 am. Please see Upcoming Services to see the schedule.
Please pick your child up at that time from their classroom.
After attending 3 classes, please register online.
Classes usually start the second week of September and end the week before Memorial Day weekend. There is Hot Summer RE programming offered for all ages starting in June and ending when regular school year programming starts.
New families should plan to arrive a few minutes early and check in with the Visitor Host outside the sanctuary. There you may pick up an RE Handbook. We will ask you to fill out a Guest RE registration card and nametag for each child. Families are allowed to visit three times before required to register for the program. All registration is done online. Religious Education occurs in the CARE Building up the hill from the sanctuary.
Julia Tyler, Director of Religious Education
Appointments by arrangement.
Religious Education for Children and Youth at ERUUF provides children and youth an opportunity to learn about Unitarian Universalism, our Jewish Christian heritage, world religions and social justice. We support them in developing a UU identity through knowledge of our principles and the sources we draw from. We encourage them to ask and seek their own answers to the BIG questions; who are we, where do we come from, and how should we live our lives. Our classes are taught by dedicated trained adults with support from the Religious Education Ministry Team.
You are your child's primary spiritual nurturer. Our job is to assist you in your faith formation so you can support your child's spirit journey. We recommend you get to know your child's teaching team and volunteer in his or her class regularly. Most importantly try to bring your child on a regular basis. This communicates to them that their spiritual development is important. Consistent attendance also helps your child develop a sense of community and belonging. See Volunteer Registration.
Religious Education for Children and Youth focuses on creating a welcoming environment for children and youth that reflects our UU values. Each class uses different Unitarian Universalist curricula. At ERUUF we map our curriculum so all our children explore UU Identity, UU history, Religious Literacy and World Religions over the span of time they attend ERUUF.
Yes. Children and youth begin worship with the larger congregation in the sanctuary. After the story for all ages, children are sung out of the sanctuary by the adults to meet their teachers. Parents of 3-4-year-olds must walk with their children to the CARE building and sign them in when you arrive at their classroom. All other parents must sign their children in on the clipboards as they greet the teachers outside of the sanctuary. All classes are located in the CARE building. A map of the CARE building can be picked up at the greeter table outside the sanctuary on Sunday mornings.
The Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Religious Education program is a collaborative ministry supported by both professional staff and volunteers from the fellowship community.
“The essential qualities of a good church school teacher are a love of children, a sense of wonder about life, empathy and the ability to listen, and a willingness more to share who you are than what you know.”
-Dr. Barry Andrews, U.U. Minister of Religious Education
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Free for all to use, Unitarian Universalist Sing-a-long Songs have been curated to be used in RE classes and events. Audio and workbook media are available below.