Our Religious Exploration program for children and youth is an important part of our church. In view of the importance of this ministry, in 2008 the Board created a paid part-time position for a Director of RE (position currently not filled), in addition to our part-time Child Care worker.
Our Child Care worker is Leigh-Ann Draheim.
Leigh-Ann is in the process of finishing her AA degree this summer and plans to continue working towards a degree in teaching. She comes to us with a great deal of experience working with children of all ages and currently teaches sewing and craft lessons to adults as well. Leigh-Ann has a varied background teaching children’s art classes, tutoring for Americorps in elementary schools, and instructing children how to ski. While skiing credentials may not come in all that handy here in Florida, she’s also a lifeguard. You can read more about Leigh-Ann in the July 2011 Newsletter, found here.
We strive to provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for all participants. We honor and respect each child as a valued individual with unique gifts to share.
We operate with a one-room school house set up, but are able to tailor the Sunday’s content to any age group depending upon the children present.
Religious Education for Children is conducted during our 11:00 service. Children stay with their caregivers for the beginning of the service and are “sung on their way” after our Story for All Ages (approximately 11:15).
Adults with children may certainly participate in our 10:00 Forum as we provide child care from 10:00 a.m. – approximately 12:15 p.m. Caregivers are expected to retrieve their children following the conclusion of our worship service. If not participating in Forum, feel free to bring your children around 10:30 to provide them with some free play time with their friends before the service beings. It may give you a bit of a breather too!
UUCB provides an opportunity for the children to embark upon self-discovery. We provide the foundation of religious community and Unitarian Universalist values that the children may firmly stand upon as they grow and explore. Parents are always welcome to participate or observe the RE program at any time.
We do not teach one truth, as Unitarian Universalists have no professed creed. We gently guide our children by allowing them to explore many truths while establishing their Unitarian Universalist identity. We hope this exploration allows them to find the spiritual path that is right for them, knowing they are a welcome part of our Unitarian Universalist community.
The vision of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard Children’s Religious Education program is to provide a loving, safe environment where children learn respect for themselves, for others and for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part. We strive to provide a comfortable, welcoming place for children of all ages and their families. Where the spirit of friendship thrives in pleasant, beautiful surroundings. A place where they can develop empathy and the desire to help others; where they experience and develop tolerance of differing beliefs, where they can learn about the myriad religious and spiritual beliefs of humankind while developing their unique Unitarian Universalist identity through learning and living UU principles.
Our mission is to provide opportunities for UUCB children to grow spiritually, to develop a sense of personal and social responsibility and become compassionate human beings living their lives in harmony with UU principles. We will provide engaging religious education classes, family activities, social interaction, social service and religious celebration.
UU Principles for Children
1. Each person is important.
2. Be kind in all you do.
3. We’re free to learn together.
4. And search for what is true.
5. All people need a voice.
6. Build a fair and peaceful world.
7. We care for Earth’s lifeboat.