Children Religious Education
Our religious education classes are designed to enrich the spiritual lives of children, youth and families. We strive to help one another grow in spiritual awareness and practice, deepen understanding and respect of our religiously diverse world, and live UU principles in daily life. We encourage parents to ask questions, visit classrooms, and participate in a variety of programs to support your own spiritual growth. We look forward to working with you to nurture the spiritual lives of our children and youth!
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early so one of our greeters may welcome you and show you the classrooms. During the academic year, classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and continue 10 minutes past the hour. We require that all children in grade 3 and younger be picked-up by a parent at their classroom; dismissal times are 10:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Each week we welcome new families who are looking for a spiritual home. We encourage you to contact our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Jules Jaramillo, who is available to talk with you: DLRE@ccuu.org; 847.359.8440 x4.
Worship is an integral part of what we do as a spiritual community. Most Sundays, children in Grades 2-7 attend the first 20 min. of worship with their parents. We also offer several multi-generational services throughout the year, when all ages attend the full service. The last Sunday of each month, young people in Grades 2-7 share their own time of worship together in Atherton Hall, before beginning the Faith-in-Action service learning. We hope you will join us for these important times of sharing worship together.
Childcare for infants – age 2 is provided at every service, except Christmas Eve. We have three professional childcare providers who work with a team of dedicated volunteers to provide a safe and nurturing experience for our youngest members.
Our religious education program is supported through the annual church budget, so your generous pledge to the annual fund is requested. The vitality of our program also depends on the generous support of many dedicated volunteers. When you register your child please let us know how you’d like to share your gifts with our community. Helping in the religious education program is a great way to get acquainted and learn more about our living faith. Successful background checks and a signed covenant of ethics are required of all volunteers working with children and youth.
We ask that parents make a commitment to regular attendance (as possible within your family circumstances). Consistent attendance helps your child connect with other students, and experience the full benefits of participation in this program and community.