Arlington Street Church, Unitarian Universalist. Gathered in Love and Service for Justice and Peace. 351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
 
 

Welcome to Children’s Religious Education

The Children's Religious Education (CRE) @ ASC  is a holistic program that strives to meet the spiritual needs of each child and family unit through love, safety, and guided exploration.

September 24th

Sunday in CRE, we will be talking about our 2nd principle and making cards to send to people in Texas and Florida who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes. All are welcome! During the Children's Blessing, let's head down the center aisle to make our way downstairs in the Perkins Room. We'll return to the sanctuary in time to join in the final hymn and benediction with our families and friends.


Allie Dagg is in the box pew at the front right of the sanctuary and available to provide childcare for restless little ones. There is also a nursery/playroom with the service piped in for your listening pleasure. Go through the leather door to the right of the pulpit and cross through the chapel. The nursery will be on your left before the stairs.


At 1:00, Rev. Kim, Beth, and Erica will be hosting a gathering in the Perkins Room on the future of Children's Religious Education at Arlington Street. All are invited to this visioning session in which we will share our hopes and dreams for family ministry at our church.


We are inspired by the latest research coming out of the UUA on the future of faith formation and what that might mean for our community. Please check out this blog post by Kimberly Sweeney. Warning…the report's title is provocative [The Death of Sunday School] (!), but don't let that put you off from the great ideas in this work. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the 24th!


Nursery/playroom available during the service

If you have arrived with a baby or small child, there is a nursery/playroom with the service piped in for your listening pleasure. Go through the leather door to the right of the pulpit and cross through the chapel. The nursery will be on your left before the stairs.

After the service, let's get lunch at the Sandwich Board and eat together in the Perkins Room.

Call for CRE Facilitators!

Would you like to share a bit of your time with the children and youth at Arlington Street Church? We are looking for people to co-lead one or more Sunday morning Children's Religious Education (CRE) sessions on Unitarian Universalism and world religions, our theme for this year. If interested, please contact office@ASCBoston.org.

Unitarian Universalist

Principles & Sources

Principles:

•  The inherent worth and dignity of every being;

•  Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

•  Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

•  A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

•  The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

•  The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

•  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


Sources:

•  Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;

•  Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;

•  Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;

•  Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;

•  Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;

•  Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.


Learn more

Sundays in CRE

We start off in the Sanctuary by lighting our UU flaming chalice, sharing opening words, singing a hymn and then sometimes we will share “A  Story in the Sanctuary before getting sung out to the different CRE groups.

In the groups, first, a chime is rung, sing the meditation on breathing and joys and sorrows begins. Then each group has their topic/theme.

At the end of our time together, we go back to the sanctuary to join everyone for the final hymn and blessing together as a whole community.

After the service, everyone is welcome to have lunch in the Parish Hall and Perkins Room.

 

Multi-generational Learning

The CRE program at ASC is filled with children/youth of many ages. We believe that by learning and sharing our different life experiences, we are modeling what it means to be in community. Typical Sunday's start off at 11 am in the Sanctuary with a chalice lighting, Hymn, then children are sung to their grade based groups. The children/youth return the the sanctuary for the final hymn and closing words as everyone joins hands in beloved community.

 

For the very young babies and children, there is a nursery off the sanctuary where the service is piped in. It has a rocking chair, toys, and a changing table. Feel free to bring your baby/child into this space if they are getting restless in the service. It's your call, our sanctuary worship space is for all!

 

Preschool Age children meet in the Chapel when the children are sung to their groups. They light a chalice, sing, share joys and sorrows from their week along with sharing a themed book with the season/current events.

 

Spirit Play - Kindergarten - 2nd grade children meet in the Perkins room where they share joys and sorrows, a song, and then a Spirit Play story centered around the UU principles and Holiday traditions at ASC. "Spirit Play" is a UU/Montessori Philosophy teaching method.

 

UU Super Hereos - 3rd Grade - 5th grade children/youth meet in the Parish Hall and are learning about UU Superheroes of today and long ago.

 

Coming of Age (COA) 6-8th grades - meet in the Perkins room 1- 2x a month with Rev. Kim, Laura Evonne and mentors. This program happens every other year.

 

Boston Area YoUUth Group 8-12th Grades - High Schoolers have the opportunity of being paid as Children's Religious Education (CRE) assistants or Stay in the Sanctuary for the Whole worship service.

 

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a closed group that is meeting from Fall 2016-Spring 2017. It is a sexuality curricula. The meetings are from 1-3:00 pm 2 times a month.

CRE Is on Facebook!

Check out the CRE Facebook page to see what we're up to!

ASC-CRE Calendar

View ASCCRE Calendar updates of events at ASC and around town.

Stories in the Sanctuary

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many way to learn about our faith in action. Stories are one of them. Here are some stories that our Religious Educator has shared in our sanctuary on Sunday morning during our worship service.  

CRE Committee / Helping Out!

The committee meets monthly and is made up of parents, friends, and those interested in the spiritual development of children. Please refer to the calendar on this website! All meetings are open, and all are welcome.

 

Would you like to share a bit of your time with the children and youth at Arlington Street Church? This could be a one time sing-a-long, a history lesson about the church, a conversation about a rally that is coming up, or just being another helping hand on Sunday morning.

 

If interested, please contact office@ASCBoston.org.

Resources

UnitairanUniversalist Association www.uua.org

 

Multifaith Calendar Learn more about religious holy days and festivals on this informative multifaith calendar.

 

Hatching Hopes Click here to see or hear cute video that Laura Evonne and the children did for spring!

Contact

Please contact office@ASCBoston.org.

 

 

 


 

 

Chalice Logo by Laura Evonne Steinman

CRE Blog

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