Check here for information about times and dates for our Religious Education (RE) program, and for safety information.
Time and Dates
Our Religious Education Program meets on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45 AM all year round. In the summer, we run a Summer RE program for 1st-5th graders in the RE Hallway off of the Great Hall. From September- June, the classes are more grade specific. In the upcoming 2017-18 year, our classes will meet in the following places:
- The Nursery and grades PreK-K meet in the RE Hallway off of the Great Hall.
- Grades 1-12 meet at Waters House across the street.
- Approximately once a month, we will hold a multigenerational service. Check the homepage to see if the religious education for Sunday is in the classroom or in worship.
Our time together is brief, and we recognize the important role that parents and family life play in the religious education of children.
Guidelines For Helping Our Children Grow Religiously
- Recognize your (the parent’s/guardian’s) role as your child’s primary religious educator. You will get e-mails weekly from the teaching teams and the RE program on how to take the learning home and upcoming events for your family at UU Schenectady. Discuss your child’s RE class and UU values around the dinner table, in the car, and other family gathering times.
- Commit to regular attendance. Arrive on time and come regularly. By regular attendance our children get the most out of the curricula and benefit from the growing sense of community and friendship. Our curricula is serial, not episodic. Regular attendance helps children and youth get invested in the curricula as well as bond with the community in their classroom.
- Commit to open communication. E-mails from the teaching teams and the weekly RE Newsletter are a great way to stay in contact with the teaching teams, the RE Team and the DLRE. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas about religious education, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know.
- Commit to volunteer. Our program is volunteer run, from the Sunday Supervisor double checking attendance on Sunday morning to the RE Team meeting monthly to discuss long term planning. Reach out to the DLRE for more ways to get involved or to suggest a new project that you think would benefit the program.
- Try to understand your child’s point of view. Be a good listener for your children, even if you do not agree with them.
- Share your point of view. Let your children and youth know your thoughts, opinions and values. Let them know how important Unitarian Universalism and our congregation are to you.
- Please leave electronic and other toys and game cards out of the classroom. While we like to have fun while we learn, these kinds of distractions can hinder our learning environment. Many classes will have a basket they put electronics in during class time to remove the temptation.
Safety: It takes us all!
The safety of our children is of primary concern. We do a fire drill of both buildings annually and are continually working safety improvements.
The church staff and our RE teachers and advisors do our best to assure that the facilities are safe and well cared for. However, responsibility for safety is a concern we all share. If you see an unsafe situation, please bring it to the attention of the appropriate church staff member (church administrator, custodian, Director of RE, etc.).
“Safe Crossing” Guidelines
We want our children to have a wonderful experience in the RE Program and ask everyone to make sure that our children cross Wendell Avenue safely on their way to and from Waters House, our RE home. Parents, please go over these guidelines with your children.
- Parents should accompany their child(ren) across the street on days classes are held in Waters House.
- Children 5th grade and below will not leave Waters House after church unless accompanied by a parent or with a signed permission slip allowing the child to be dismissed from class without a parent or guardian present.
- Please talk with the DLRE if you have any questions about our “Safe Crossing” Guidelines.
In 2007, UU Schenectady adopted a Safe Congregations policy to create environments that are safe and prepared should any safety issue arise. This policy encompasses all aspects of our church community.
For a quick overview as it pertains to religious education, the Safe Congregations Policy mandates:
- Two adults must be in the classroom at all times for the safety of the children, youth, and adults regardless of the number of children or youth in the room.
- The ratio of adults to youth needed to go offsite is 1:7.
- All teachers and volunteers working with our children and youth are background checked at the cost of the church.
- All teachers attend a teacher training in the beginning of the year.
- All teachers read and agree to follow the Code of Conduct outlined in the Safe Congregations Policy.
- As stated in the Code of Conduct, teachers are forbidden to use their status or authority as a teacher to cause any kind of harm to children and youth.