Religious Education: Spring 2022

REGISTER Religious Education for preschool through 10th grade runs through May 2nd.  If you still need to register, click here. Contact Jennifer at dre@uucmtka.org with questions. Thank you!

Virtual RE: Due to lack of registrations, virtual RE will not be offered at this time. Please let Jennifer know if virtual RE becomes a desire for your family.

Drop Off Times:

Religious Education Classes: RE is offered for preschool-10th graders during the worship hour.

Nursery: Infants through Kindergarteners can be dropped off as early as 9:45 AM in the Nursery.

1st-6th Grade: Elementary students will start the hour in worship with their parents, then transition to their RE rooms following the Story for All. Their RE hour ends at 11:15am.

7th-10th Grade RE: These groups will continue to start the hour in their RE rooms, meeting until 11:30am.

Sr. High Group: In addition to 8th-10th grade RE, all 8th-12th graders are 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.

Learn more about class locations, curriculum and Covid-19 safety protocols below. 

Class Locations (all RE groups initially meet on the lower level)

  • Birth-Kindergarten: Nursery Room. If there are more than 4 children, Basswood (the room across the hall) will be utilized by the older children as an overflow room.
  • 1st-6th Grade: Classrooms in the lower-level.
  • 7th/8th Grade: The Chapel
  • 9th/10th Grade: The Maple Sr. High room

In-Person RE and COVID-19 Protocol

Students 2 years old and older, and all adults, will wear masks and practice social distancing at all times.

Covid bathroom protocol: There are three bathrooms on the lower level for RE use. Each has only one stall, which will facilitate the use of them by only one person at a time. RE leaders will remind students to use the bathroom as efficiently as possible. Anyone not comfortable with their child using the bathrooms on the lower level can contact Jennifer (dre@uucmtka.org) to discuss options.

Covid plan for snacks: Post-worship coffee and treats may still be in quarantine, but all classes of RE currently include a snack time, per the preference of the families taking the survey this summer. Snacks for 1st-10th are individually wrapped, for safe distribution. For Birth-K students, it’s actually safer to use our usual system of pouring snack onto a paper towel for them to access. Hand sanitizer is used before snack, for those who are not allergic or sensitive to it. All snacks are nut free, as RE is a Nut Free Zone. Parents are always welcome to send a snack along with their child, if they prefer.

Covid plan for supplies: In response to the feedback from families, supplies (like markers) will be shared. Parents who prefer are welcome to send their own supplies specifically for their child’s use. Or, if requested, Jennifer can create a pack of supplies for a specific child, from the RE closet.

Curriculum and Staffing Notes:

Nursery-Kindergarten: students will use the Soul Matters curriculum (which follows our worship themes). The paid childcare staff person will focus on the infants and toddlers while the PreK/K Teacher will focus on the older kids. NOTE: All kids and adults will wear masks, except for children under 2 years old. Social-distancing will be practiced as much as possible, but can not be guaranteed for this age group.

1st/2nd Grade RE: students 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.

3rd/4th Grade RE: students will use the Soul Matters curriculum all year.

5th/6th Grade RE: students 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.

7th/8th Grade RE: students will meet 10-11:30 AM all year for the Our Whole Lives sexuality curriculum.

9th/10th Grade RE: students will meet 10-11:30 AM all year for the Our Whole Lives sexuality curriculum.

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