Lifelong Learning / Religious Education Unitarian Society of HartfordNourishing SpiritLifelong Learning / Religious Education As Unitarian Universalists, we strive to engage in a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” A key purpose of our religious education program is to provide a framework for our children as they begin their path of lifespan faith development. Each of our classes includes a range of religious and philosophical traditions and integrates a variety of learning styles. We welcome all families and children, including those with special needs, and will make every effort to accommodate all children in our program. We encourage families to visit our classrooms to determine if our program is a comfortable fit for your belief system. To arrange a visit, please contact our Director of Religious Education at: DRE@ushartford.com or 860-233-9897, x104. Sunday Schedule Child care (Infant-Age 3) is offered at no charge in the nursery during the worship service. Drop off at 10:15 & pick up at 11:45AM. Religious education classes (Pre-K-2; 3-5; 6-8) and high school youth group meet during the worship service. Children attend worship for the beginning of the service, and leave for class after A Time for All Ages. Worship Services Most Sundays, prior to classes, the children join the congregation in the sanctuary for the first 10–15 minutes of the service. This is a time for the children to be part of our spiritual community and to witness the rituals of the liturgical year. A children’s message, or “Time for All Ages,” is offered by our Director of Religious Education and is designed to complement the adult sermon. Holidays and holy days are often celebrated with a multigenerational service, during which the children are invited to participate in the entire service in lieu of classes. These services speak to both adults and children and reinforce our connection as a spiritual community. Chapel for Youth and Children Once a month the youth and children gather in the chapel instead of the sanctuary before classes. The time allows for exploration of what worship means and allows them to participate in meaningful ways. They sing, light candles, play instruments, dance, and share readings and poems. Additional Events In addition to our regularly scheduled classes, we also offer dedication services for infants and children of any age as well as a Coming of Age program for our middle school students. Once every 4 to 6 weeks we also encourage our children and youth to explore their creative side through one-room activities, which may incorporate drama and the arts, music, learning to respect and cultivate our environment and cooking and crafts. Family-Friendly Congregation We are a family-friendly congregation. Most of our events are either appropriate for families of all ages or free childcare is provided. Please look for the “family-friendly” symbol in our Adult & Family Programs catalog.