All families are encouraged to register your children and youth for the 2021-2022 RE year as soon as possible, so we can plan for volunteer needs and activities. If you cannot access the web link to register, please contact our DRE, Cory Ness directly.
RE for Pre K–6th Grades begins September 19 at 9 a.m.
- Sunday, September 19: The Possibilities Discovered with an Open Mind and Heart
- Sunday, September 26: The Possibility of Forgiveness - for Yom Kippur
Join us on Sundays - September 19th and 26th at 9 a.m. as we explore the topics listed above. Zoom links will be sent out in our Children & Youth RE Newsletters.
The year’s components include:
- Light It! - Chalice Lighting
- Check In!
- Introduce It! - Wonder Box
- Tell It and Talk About It! - Story
- Explore It! - Digging Deeper with Activities
RE for 7th–12th begins noon on September 19th!
A special in-person youth gathering is being planned for Sunday, September 19 at noon. All youth in 7th - 12th grades are invited to participate in a special gathering as we determine safe ways in which we can gather. Please bring your lunch, drink and a chair or blanket to sit on.
Considerations for future gatherings/meetings may include outdoor activities such as bonfires, hiking, etc. as well as Zoom meetings.
Flexibility will be the key to this year’s success as we sit in the middle of pandemic time. We know it’s not easy to be optimistic. The Delta strain of Covid reminds us that the pandemic is far from over. The country is failing to step up adequately to our time of racial reckoning. Climate change is increasing at an even more alarming rate than we imagined. And the list goes on.
Bottom line: it’s easy for a person to worry that maybe the world is fallen and broken beyond repair. But maybe that’s why we need each other. Alone, it’s hard to see a bright future. But, together, something magic begins to occur. Keeping with our theme for the month of September…. when we all focus our gaze on the horizon together, possibility surprisingly appears. Maybe this isn’t simply the month of embracing possibility; maybe it is the month of embracing possibility together!
For full information about the topics above, click here to view the latest Children and Youth RE Newsletter filled with news and additional activities for our families and friends.
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.