Murray UU Church
Religious Education Program

505 North Main St, Attleboro, MA 02703
 Phone: 508-222-0505
Email: 
office@murrayuuchurch.org   map/directions 

 

 

 
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Welcome to Murray Church Religious Education
 


 Kavita Vansant, Director
of Lifespan Religious Education

In focusing on Lifespan Religious Education, Murray Unitarian Universalist Church affirms its desire to offer opportunities for everyone in the congregation to grow and develop. Each person is called to seek out their own path. By becoming part of the Murray Community, we chose to walk this path with others and be nurtured and supported by our being with one another. Our journeys have provided us with a diversity of experiences so we hold deep respect for one another’s beliefs.

Our program focuses on teaching children respect for oneself and for others, appreciation of differing faith traditions, concern for social justice, and respect for our planet Earth. Our curricula (Tapestry of Faith) encourages and promotes a child’s natural curiosity and relationship with wonders of the world around him or her.  Our children are supported as they are given opportunity to develop their own spiritual practices and to shape their own moral, ethical and spiritual identity within a strong faith community.
 

Tapestry of Faith programs and resources for all ages are designed to nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love. This project developed out of a broad series of conversations that articulated a future direction for Unitarian Universalist religious growth and learning. In use since 2008 and continually evolving, Tapestry of Faith offers a variety of resources—downloadable, printed, viewable, interactive, and more—a religious growth and learning program for the 21st century.

Our children’s programming includes a Nursery for babies and toddlers, Sunday School classes for children in pre-school through middle school, and Youth Group for high school aged students.

 

Sunday School Registration for 2016-2017

Each family is asked to register all children who will be participating in the Nursery care, Sunday School, or Youth Group by completing our Family Registration Form.  There is no fee for participation in our program.  We have two forms, the first for is for children from Nursery School age through Grade 8. The second form is for Youth Group or you may contact Kavita Vansant, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education for more information and to register. DLRE@murrayuuchurch.org.

Please note that the Registration Form must be printed out and signed by a parent/guardian.  The Registration Forms will also be available at church.

 

Nursery Care

Each Sunday during the worship service, we provide nurturing care for our babies through pre-school youngsters.  Families wishing to use our nursery must register their children with the RE program and must remain in the building during nursery operation.  The nursery will be open to receive children any time after 9:45 am, and parents are asked to pick up children immediately following the conclusion of the worship service.  Children will be given consistent, loving attention during the time they spend in the nursery.

 

Pre-School through Kindergarten Class and
First through Sixth Grade Sunday School Classes

These classes will be using Tapestry of Faith curricula that combines learning about UU’ism, world religions, spiritual growth and respect for the earth.  The curricula offers interesting stories, fun activities and thoughtful insight about the world we live in.

 

Junior High Class and OWL Program

At Murray Church, we offer the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program every other year to 7th-9th graders. The next OWL session will be offered during the 2017-2018 church year. The OWL program is sometimes referred to as “sex ed,” but really it’s more than that. OWL is a sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps kids make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. We equip participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. We respect each family’s decision to enroll or not enroll their child in OWL. Parents who wish to enroll their children in OWL will be invited to an orientation in September before we begin. OWL sessions run from October through April. Read more about the OWL program online at: http://www.uua.org/re/owl/index.shtml

High School Youth Group Program

Murray high school age students are invited to participate in Youth Group.  The youth will be using Popcorn Theology curricula plus starting a Philosopher’s Club where many ethical and moral discussions will unfold. The youth will also be participating in a regional youth group (UUnited) with 6 other neighboring UU churches. Field trips, overnight youth retreats and social justice projects are also offered during the year. For Youth Group, please download the Youth Group registration form.

Our Religious Education Program is successful due to the combined effort of many dedicated volunteers serving as teachers, assistants, supporters, and members of the committee that oversees its operation.

 

                          Kavita Vansant
                          Director of
                          Lifespan Religious Education

 


 

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