What is Religious Education Going to Look Like During the 2021/2022 Church Year?
It has been a complex couple of years for our community and it appears that it will continue this way for yet more time. The vaccines for adults and teenagers has allowed us to be more social, at least temporarily. But without vaccines for younger kids and with the high number of Covid cases in our area we will not be meeting for in-person church services until numbers return to moderate risk.
The Youth RE Committee and I acknowledge that online religious education is not ideal and the kids have had enough online learning in the past year. With safety in mind and being as inclusive as possible, we are planning multi-platform (both online and in-person) programming starting September 19th.
The following plan is for your feedback, questions, concerns, and suggestions. This is a community process, and we want everyone to have time to consider these matters. We are planning for a future where we have multi-platform (both online and in-person) programs, including worship and youth religious education. We are planning for a future where we can see each other’s faces, hear each other’s voices, and be in each other’s presence – and where robust online options, safety measures, and other steps keep everyone connected and safe.
Director of Religious Education
Register your family for Youth Religious Education here and we'll add you to the distribution list for classroom links and weekly updates.
This plan will be in effect while there are no in-person worship services. The plan will adjust as vaccines for children under 12 become available. When we resume to in-person services there will also be changes to the plan since RE would then take place during the service.
Classes begin September 19 and we'll start with everyone together on Zoom at 11:30am.
1st Sunday of the month - Multi-gen Service (no classes)
2nd Sunday - 12pm: Meet in person at church
3rd Sunday - 11:30am: Group Zoom
4th Sunday - 12pm: Meet in person at church
5th Sunday - Special Event
Pre-School through 6th grade
On the 2nd & 4th Sundays this age group will meet at noon under the tent in the church backyard. All will wear a facemask. Kids will break into two or three groups and cycle through up to three stations of activities based on the weekly lesson. The stations will be facilitated by adult volunteers and will take place either under the tents or on the church property.
Asynchronous online content will be available for youth who are not able to attend in person.
Unless the weather is dangerous this group will meet outdoors rain or shine.
On the 3rd Sunday all ages will Zoom together at 11:30am. Everyone will have a chance to check-in and greet each other. Groups will be created and moved into breakout rooms for lesson related games and activities.
7th & 8th Grade: Coming of Age
Coming of Age is an important program for our young teens (and almost teens) so we are going to do our best to provide the program as designed for our youth. Since most 7th & 8th graders are old enough to get the vaccine we will meet in person twice a month. Everyone will be masked and they will be indoors in a large, well ventilated room. This program will be multi-platform (both in-person and online).
On the 2nd & 4th Sundays this age group will meet in the church at noon. If any youth are not able to meet in person they can join the group via Zoom.
On the 3rd Sunday all ages will meet on Zoom at 11:30am and then this class will split off into their own breakout room.
9th - 12th Grade: High School Youth Group
On 2nd & 4th Sundays the High School Youth Group will meet at noon in the church front yard. Since the vaccine is available for this age group they may choose to meet indoors or out while masked. The indoors room will be large and well ventilated. If any youth are not able to attend in person they can join the group via Zoom.
On the 3rd Sunday all ages will meet on Zoom at 11:30am and then youth group will split off into their own breakout room.
Parents / Adults
On the 2nd & 4th Sundays hang out and socialize or help facilitate one of the stations.
To sign up to be a station facilitator click here!
On the 3rd Sunday stay home while the kids join their church friends of all ages on Zoom. They'll probably be done in about fifteen or twenty minutes and then you can spend some family time together.
Unitarian Universalists understand that learning and growth are lifelong endeavors. We learn and evolve on this journey through our principles, teaching our youth and adults within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.
Parents who are looking for a faith community to support and affirm them in teaching their children life’s most meaningful values will find a home in the DuPage UU Church Religious Education Program. Whatever your religious background – or if you have never participated in a faith community – there is room for you and your children in our congregation.
At DuPage UU Church we provide a religious education program that nurtures and stimulates our children’s spiritual and personal growth, and teaches the principles that unify us as Unitarian Universalists. Throughout our program, children and youth are encouraged to seek their own truths, to clarify their values, and to live intentional lives inspired by those values. We help children honor the differences among us – e.g., diversity of race, ability, sexual orientation, and opinion – while celebrating our shared humanity, and we strive to foster their delight in the mysteries and miracles of the world.
Social justice work is central to Unitarian Universalism, and empowering our youngsters to find ways to work to make the world a better place is of great importance to our congregation and is emphasized in our religious education program.
You may contact our Director of Religious Education, Steve Cooper, to learn more about any of our youth programs or how to register your child.