Our Summer Theme – PLAY
Our summer RE Theme this year will be “PLAY.” Why play? As I mentioned last month it has been a year of transitions as individuals, families, a church, a country, and as people of the world. This summer we are inviting folx to engage in a summer of play as a way to joyfully, playfully, and imaginatively build resilience as we consider returning sometime in person in the fall with our new minister! Exciting times lie ahead so let us take this time to renew our spirits with a Summer of Play!
A SUUmmer of Play Activities
This summer our RE Committee and Cory are planning several asynchronous and synchronous activities as there will be no Sunday morning RE activities this summer. No need to be sad because we have so many alternative activities planned!
We are looking forward to seeing you in person as we plan several upcoming in-person play activities! We are currently working with the UCH Reopening Team as we coordinate activities including hiking, pottery painting, bonfire, a UCH playground clean-up, and more.
Our kiddos in Pre-S through the 5th grades will be receiving a SUUmer Adventures Journal with sticker badges while our youth will be receiving Art Drawings to color by Jenn Blosser, titled “Color This Faith.” All families will be receiving a Flat Sophia on cardstock in June.
Our latest padlet is full of Summer Play inspiration for our congregants, families and our kiddos. In addition to our padlet, some ideas will be placed on Facebook, and upcoming enews, newsletters, etc.
Welcome to the month of play. May we all take it seriously!
Access the Religious Exploration Calendar here.
**The information below pertains to in-person worship. We hope to meet again safely in the future. (Note - Our church building is currently closed and all RE sessions take place online.)
The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg offers children's religious exploration (RE) programming each Sunday morning at Clover Lane.
Please try to arrive about 15 minutes before the service. Greeters in the lobby will welcome you, get name-tags for your family, and ask you to fill out a visitor registration form. Arriving a bit early allows you time to look around; to meet other families, the RE Leaders, and/or the Director of Religious Exploration; and to ask questions. Please include any special needs or allergies on the visitor registration form to best provide a positive experience for your child.
We provide fidget materials, toys, and projects for babies, children, teens, and adults in both sanctuaries. Members and guests should sit where they are most comfortable and move around as needed. Joyful noises and movements are the signs of a living, thriving church. We welcome them!
All ages start together in the sanctuary. Some Sundays, families remain together in the service. Other Sundays, children, youth, and RE Leaders will recess to their RE session downstairs during a song (about 15 minutes into the service.) We encourage you to go with your children to help them find their way and settle in. 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 accompany you to the RE room. Please stay in the session or activity with your child if you would like.
After their third visit, families must complete the UCH RE registration form (button found at top of page.) This helps our Director of Religious Exploration and RE Committee monitor attendance, communicate with families, and tailor activities for their children & youth.
Families of babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome to:
- keep their little ones with them in the service
- take breaks in the lobby and return to worship
- listen to worship through the speakers in Fuller Chapel (upstairs) or the Potter Room (downstairs)
- to send their younger children along with nursery care volunteers as RE recesses after the first 15 minutes of worship whichever option (or mix of options) works best for you.
Care for infants and toddlers is integrated into our general children's programming. Our youngest children begin RE time in an all-ages setting to interact and build relationships with older children and youth. Then they move to developmentally appropriate activities and free play in the Potter Room.
Families are encouraged to take the time to help make their children comfortable and inform the child care providers about any anticipated needs. Two childcare providers from the congregation engage and guide the children. Parents and caregivers are welcome to sit in any time.
Nursery care continues until 11:45, 15 minutes after the worship service, to allow parents and caregivers the chance to fellowship during Coffee Hour.
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 11:45, after the Closing ceremony.