Welcome to Religious Education at UU Church of Savannah!
We are proud of the warm and caring community of religious seekers that we have created here at UU Church of Savannah. Our young people are free to explore religious thoughts and values in an environment of mutual kindness and respect. We offer a wide variety of classes and resources to support each child's search for truth and meaning. Our religious education (RE) program is headed by our Director of Religious Education, Nancy Arteberry, and is supported by our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers.
Religious Education Classes
We offer year-round religious education (RE) for children ages 3 to 18, a nurturing nursery for infants and toddlers, and plenty of opportunities for family involvement. Traditional RE classes are held during the 11:00 church service. Curricula are chosen from UU-approved sources, and the children are taught by dedicated and experienced volunteer teachers. Children attend the first portion of the service and are sung out of the sanctuary at around 11:20 to attend classes. Classes are dismissed at 12:20.
For those who prefer to attend the 9:30 service, we offer a smaller, mixed-age "RE Adventure" class led by Nancy, our Director of Religious Education. This class is story-based and is designed to engage the five senses as well as encourage children to explore and discover a UU "theme of the day". This class takes place from 9:30 to 10:30.
Our RE classes for children are based on four rotating pillars: Unitarian Universalism, Social Justice and Peacemaking, Judeo-Christian Heritage, and World Religions. Each year, we study a different pillar. The pillar that we are studying for the 2017-2018 church year is Social Justice and Peacemaking.
Our children periodically attend a full worship service with the rest of the congregation, often on special holidays. Enjoying a UU service gives our children a firm grounding in what it means to be a part of the larger congregation. It helps them prepare for the day when they are old enough to stay in the service every week. And it allows the adults in the congregation the pleasure of enjoying the enthusiasm and openness only children can bring to a worship experience.
Our children’s involvement in the life of the church goes beyond Sunday morning. They participate in a number of social justice activities throughout the year. The children make sandwiches for Inner City Night Shelter every third Sunday, collect food items for the Backpack Buddies program, participate in Savannah’s annual Martin Luther King Day parade, and raise money for the church by having a yearly book sale.
Our children have fun! They enjoy Kids' Night Out, where they report to church for an evening of arts and crafts, games, and movies. They participate in church overnights, take field trips, celebrate holidays, and play in the square after church. In addition, each year they have the opportunity to attend youth conferences and summer camp at The Mountain, a UU retreat near Highlands, NC. Going to The Mountain is an invaluable experience for our youth, as they meet and bond with other UU children and teens across the
Want to know more?
If you have any questions about religious education or would like to get involved as a volunteer, please contact our DRE, Nancy Arteberry. We love to hear from our parents and the members of our congregation!
Director of Religious Education
Email: [email protected]