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. Gathering on Sunday’s at 11am in the Sanctuary all together and then going to groups.
CRE allows time for the children/ youth to grow and learn together. This builds a sense of community and belonging. Based in Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles, sources, and values, themes are identified and explored from a faith perspective.
Children/Youth share in their local and our global community in many hands-on ways. Cooking for Lunch. Participating in the National Day of Service. Showing up at Rallies. Created fleece scarves for the Friday Night Supper Program guests at ASC who suffer from homelessness. And throughout the year, CRE is involved in
intergenerational services and special family events.
If you have arrived with a baby or small child, welcome! There is no formal children's programming today, but childcare is available in the chapel. There is also a nursery/playroom available with the service piped in for your listening pleasure. To find the nursery, go through the leather door to the right of the pulpit and cross through the chapel. The nursery is the room on your left before the stairs.
Your children/youth must be registered to actively be a part of the CRE program. https://goo.gl/forms/X1pHZBU8IeHprDpq1
Laura Evonne Steinman, Director of Children’s Religious Education LES@ASCBoston.org
Jaimie Dingus, Children’s Religious Education Assistant JDingus@ASCBoston.org
Nancy, Carol, Dan, Jessica (with Laura Evonne and Jaimie)
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 our Director of Religious Education, Laura Evonne Steinman LES@ASCboston.org
• 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.
• 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.
We start off in the Sanctuary by lighting our UU flaming chalice, sharing opening words, singing a hymn and then sometimes Laura Evonne 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.
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.
Check out the CRE Facebook page to see what we're up to!
Laura Evonne Steinman has created an "app" as part of a Unitarian Universalist Association Faith Formation pilot program. The app is an easy way to stay connected to Children's Religious Education (CRE) at Arlington Street Church! You can listen to the meditation sung each week in CRE and link to Arlington Street's website, as well as to the CRE facebook page, blog, and google calendar. If you would like to get a copy of the app, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and write "try app" in the subject line. Laura will send it to you and she would love your feedback!
A Unitarian Universalist place of exploration and wonder, creativity and spiritual centering for kids of all ages! You don't have to be a parent to appreciate and admire the art, thoughtful exercises, and inspired insights that color this creative world designed by Laura Evonne Steinman.
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View ASCCRE Calendar updates of events at ASC and around town.
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.
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 Laura Evonne Steinman LES@ASCboston.org
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!
Laura Evonne Steinman is the Director of Religious Education for Children and Families and Artist in Residence at Arlington Street Church. Laura is an artist, teacher, and spiritual seeker who believes that each and every one of us has gifts to share in this world. Please contact Laura at LES@ASCboston.org
Office Hours: remote on Tuesdays and at Arlington Street Church on Wednesdays and Sundays