The following religious education curricula for children in pre-K through grade 6 will be used during the 2019-2020 church year, beginning Sept. 15 and running through Memorial Day weekend.

Schedule, registration & guidelines

All classes listed below take place during Sunday services. Families should gather in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. for the first part of the service, and classes will meet from about 10:10 to 11:10.

Class registration is required each year. Please refer to our Religious Education Class Guidelines for more information on registration, class check-in, class dismissal process, and other issues.

Class descriptions

Spirit Play (Pre-K & Kindergarten)

Spirit Play is Montessori-based program that focuses on building multi-age community and developing children’s agency to make meaning through storytelling, ritual, and creative and imaginative play. Each Sunday the preschoolers and kindergartners will gather to light the chalice, sing a song, engage in a story and wondering questions, and further process the story with “work” of their choosing from carefully curated classroom activities, including art, makerspace, nature, contemplation, and movement. For more details about the curriculum, check out the Spirit Play website.

Soul Matters Studios (Grades 1-4)

Each Sunday the 1st-4th graders have the choice between two rooms to explore our worship theme for the day. The rooms rotate weekly through the themes of creative expression, mindfulness, nature, science, and social justice. Each week’s activities might include games, discussion, stories, meditaton, yoga, social justice projects, science experiments, nature hikes, and arts and crafts.

Riddle and Mystery (Grades 5-6)

This program nurtures children in their own search for understanding of life’s mystery. With engaging activities, each of the sessions introduces a big question:

  • Where do we come from?
  • What are we?
  • Where are we going?
  • Does God exist?
  • What happens when you die?
  • Can we ever solve life’s mystery?
  • How can I know what to believe?.

The children will have opportunities to process their own personal, spiritual responses while appreciating and celebrating mystery, ambiguity, and contradiction as part of human life.