The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg offers children's religious exploration programming each Sunday morning at both campuses. Please try to arrive about 15 minutes before the service. Greeters will welcome you and someone will help you and your children find the appropriate rooms. Arriving a bit early allows time to get comfortable, meet the leaders or child care providers, and fill out a visitor registration form. Please let the supervising adult know of any special needs or allergies to best provide a positive experience for your child.
We encourage you to go with your children to their sessions to help them find their way and get comfortable. If you do not arrive early, just go with the rest of the children and leaders, let them know you are new, and they will help you find your children's rooms. You are welcome to stay in the session or activity with your child if that is more comfortable for you.
Care for infants and toddlers is integrated into our general children's programming. With dedicated adult supervision, this family-style structure allows the younger children to interact and build relationships with older children and youth. It is important that children are safe and well cared for and that their parents are comfortable. Families are encouraged to take the time to help make their children comfortable and inform the child care providers about any anticipated needs. Two child-care providers from the congregation engage and guide the children. Parents and caregivers are welcome to sit in any time, and after 1 year, can volunteer and help provide child care for others!
Nursery care is available from 15 minutes before to 15 minutes after the worship service.
RE Children Program Overview
All children (K-7th) & youth (8-12th) begin their Sunday morning in the sanctuary worshiping with their families.
Religious Exploration classes and activities last 15 minutes after the worship service. Children in 4th grade or younger must be picked up in the room by their parents/guardians. Children in 5th grade and older may dismiss themselves into Coffee Hour at 12:45, after the Closing ceremony.
Monthly programming includes:
- 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays: ChUUrchcraft! - ages 5-12
Our 2018-19 focus uses Building Bridges, a curriculum that studies other religions, beliefs, and faith traditions through a combination of engaging activities, thought-provoking discussions, on-site visits to local places of worship, and Minecraft (yep, that Minecraft!)
We have already visited a Jewish synagogue and will be visiting six other houses of worship:
- Hindu temple
- Buddhist temple
- Muslim mosque
- Catholic church
- Presbyterian church
- Baptist church
Kids work together to recreate what they've learned into a Minecraft world that contains a UU church, complete with rooms and grounds ready to be dedicated to the religions, beliefs, and faith traditions we've encountered. Creative mode, to be clear. No creepers, no trolls!
3rd Sunday: MakerSpace - ages 5-18
An opportunity for kids to engage with the 7 UU Principles and practice UU values and fellowship around self-directed activities. Stations include: CrafterSpace, TinkerSpace, BakerSpace, GardenerSpace, BuilderSpace, and MoverSpace.
Special programming (offered Sunday morning before Clover Lane service) includes:
- Elem (K-1st grade) - Our Whole Lives (OWL) - Winter 2019 (offered biannually)
- Jr. High (7-9 grade) - OWL - Fall 2018-Spring 2019 (offered biannually) - CLOSED
- Sr. High (10-12 grade) - OWL - Fall 2018-Winter 2019 (offered biannually) - CLOSED