Religious Education: Fall 2021

UUCM is excited to offer in-person RE this fall, for families comfortable returning to the building. And we recognize that some families may prefer to continue with virtual RE. Please indicate on your registration form whether you are registering for virtual or in-person RE. 

Virtual RE 
Virtual RE will be a “one room schoolhouse” model, offered for 45 minutes Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening, or during the week (depending on what day/time works best for the families choosing this option).

In-Person RE and COVID-19 Protocol
In-person is offered for K-10th graders during the worship hour. About 20 minutes into the service, following the Story for All, RE students are “sung out” of worship and led by their teachers to the RE rooms downstairs. All students and teachers will wear masks as they transition from worship to their RE rooms. In the rooms social-distancing will be practiced. Once settled, those in 7th grade and up who are vaccinated can remove their mask. Younger children and those working with them will remain masked, until further notice. (Some 6th graders may be vaccinated, but since they are grouped with 5th graders, they will remain masked.) 

Sr. High Group 
In addition to RE for 9th and 10th graders, all sr. high students will be invited to participate in service and social events, which will occur outside the Sunday morning RE timeframe. Please email Jennifer (dre@uucmtka.org) or Malia (maliabrandt@gmail.com) for the schedule and details. Continue reading to learn about the RE structure for each age group.

RE Structure for Each Age Group

Nursery-Kindergarten: infants, toddlers and preschoolers can be dropped off as early as 9:45am into the nursery. The paid childcare staff person will focus on the infants and toddlers while the Kindergarten Teacher will focus on the older kids, as they arrive from worship. If there are more than 4 children, Basswood (the room across the hall) will be utilized by the older children as an overflow room. RE for this age groups ends at 11:15am. (See above for Covid protocol.)

1st/2nd Grade RE: students will meet 10:20-11:15am. They will use the Soul Matters curriculum for the first half of the year, and then do Our Whole Lives sexuality curriculum during the spring term. (See above for Covid protocol.)

3rd/4th Grade RE: students will meet 10:20-11:15am. They will use the Soul Matters curriculum all year. (See above for Covid protocol.)

5th/6th Grade RE: students will meet 10:20-11:15am in the chapel (to facilitate social-distancing). They will use the Soul Matters curriculum for the first half of the year, and then do Our Whole Lives sexuality curriculum during the spring term. (See above for Covid protocol.)

7th/8th Grade RE: students will meet in the Oak Room (the board room) to facilitate social-distancing. They will meet 10-11:30am all year for the Our Whole Lives sexuality curriculum. (See above for Covid protocol.)

9th/10th Grade RE: students will meet in the sr. high room. They will meet 10-11:30am all year for the Our Whole Lives sexuality curriculum. (See above for Covid protocol.)

11th/12th Graders: see “Sr. High Group” above.

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