Religious Exploration

 

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Our Director of Religious Exploration is Stacey Sherman.

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Stacey lives in Haverhill, MA with Jack, her husband and Porter, their beloved basset hound. Her adult children, Sarah & Jonah, were raised UU.  Stacey comes to us with a background in special education, program development, and volunteer coordination. She’s a trained Red Cross Instructor and for years she’s been involved with People to People, International; their mission is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures. Stacey’s also a talented singer, amateur actress, plays a little ukulele, and she’s a creative fundraiser. And she loves working children.

 

Welcome to the Religious Exploration (RE) program at the Northshore Universalist Unitarian Church. A high quality religious education program is central to the ministry of this congregation. As Unitarian Universalists, we recognize that each of us is on a spiritual journey that begins when we are very young and continues throughout our lives. Children of all ages have opportunities to nurture their spiritual and personal growth and to explore values that encourage love and fairness.

Religious education for children at NSUU:

  • Acquaints children with Unitarian Universalist history and encourages them to live in accordance with     the UU seven principles.
  • Exposes them to the richness of the world’s religious traditions.
  • Emphasizes the importance of engaging in social justice.
  • Offers an opportunity to better understand life issues and encourages openness to diversity and inclusiveness.

Our entire Faith Community begins their time together in our Sanctuary at 10:30AM. Following Time for All Ages, the children leave together with their teachers to attend their Religious Education classes.

NSUU currently has two age groups.  While different in ages, they all are interested in learning the UU principles and how these have awakened their spiritual journey.

Toolers of Faith: this class is for children ages 5-8 years, who are ready for simple, yet engaging, age appropriate lessons Classes include circle time, a story, a creative activity, and snack time.  We offer classes to pair with our monthly theme along with the UUA’s curriculum, Tool Box of Faith.  New this year:  Our younger youth will be using the Spirit Play curriculum to enhance learning the UUA’s 7 Principles.

Our older youth, ages 12 years and older are involved in a very personalized church curriculum.  These youth will be completing the Coming of Age program. The COA program fosters the transition of a congregations children into youth, and typically marking the individual’s transition from younger religious education programs.  Our program will be asking our adult congregation members to share their spiritual or faith journey with the youth and thereby fostering a dialogue to help the children to develop their own faith journey.

Youth Group involves many of the same youth as in the older youth group. However, we also have children who do not regularly attend church, but still want to be part of the NSUU community. Youth Group meets every other Sunday where we have team building activities, share stories and involve ourselves with the continued work of RE classroom.

 RE Activities past, current and future

  • Danvers Interfaith Partnership
  • Community Service Projects
  • Winter time sledding/skating
  • Overnight camping trip
  • Movie Nights
  • Kayak/canoe trip
  • Topsfield Fair
  • Visiting The Castle
  • Visiting The Kings Chapel / Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Youth and Family Activities

  • Easter Bunny Breakfast
  • Chocolate and Game Night
  • Apple picking
  • Christmas Workshop
  • Christmas Giving Tree
  • Fund raising opportunities

 

To learn more or if you have any questions please contact the DRE, Stacey Sherman at nsuudre1@gmail.com