Religious Education at UUCE – a typical morning

Choices on Sunday Morning:

Each Sunday morning, members and guests are invited to engage with the monthly theme in these unique ways: 

  • Through Service in the Sanctuary
  • Through SpiritJam, starting with ingathering in Room 6 (after the Story for All Ages in the Sanctuary) and then breaking off into various jam sessions based on the theme.

Schedule for a typical Sunday in SpiritJam

In SpiritJam, we offer 2 or 3 Jams for participants to choose from. Lead Teachers offer their Jam twice during the hour:

10:00 – 10:15 – SpiritJam Ingathering in Room 6 with opening ritual, song, welcome, and introduction to choices

10:15-10:35  – 1st Jam session

10:35-10:38 – Gather – rotate to new Jam

10:38-11:08 – 2nd Jam session

11:08-11:15 –  Gather in Room 6, reflect, sing closing songs.

Parents come to pick up at 11:15.

Drop off and check in:

Infants, toddlers and preschool children can be dropped off before service begins with their teachers in Rooms 3 and 4.

All school-age children and youth begin in the Sanctuary and are sung to Room 6 (Spirit Jam) or 7 (Youth Group) after the Story for All Ages. Spirit Jam begins with an in-gathering before being released to various jam sessions.

If you are new to the church:

A short drop-in form will be given to you to fill out. Please feel free to stay with your child in their classroom to help them feel comfortable, if needed. Your child is welcome to attend service with you, as well, if that is your family’s preference.

Checking out

Infants through 5th grade:

Parents are asked to pick up their children from the Chapel at 11:15. Release will be to parents only. We ask that parents come at 11:15 to give classes enough time to complete their jam sessions for the day. We hope you see this as an opportunity to enjoy tea and coffee with friends, and to increase and deepen your social connections to our community!

Middle school and High school students:

Your middle and high school age students will be released to find their parents in the sanctuary and social hall at 11:15, with the understanding that no children are allowed to leave the building without first checking in with their parent. This policy is on the honor system – please communicate clearly with your child that they must first check in with you once released from class. We will do the same during our time together in class so that your children know and understand this expectation.