At the Unitarian Society of Germantown, we encourage Wonder, Compassion, Mindfulness, Service… and Fun!

The Mission of our Children’s Spiritual Development (CSD) program is to:

  • Provide developmentally appropriate education that supports the lifelong process of learning to cultivate goodness, compassion, empathy, and love for oneself and others.
  • Offer safe and caring spaces for introspective work, connecting to nature, and building right-relationships in community across generations.
  • Put into practice hands-on, experiential education for children, facilitators and parents that cultivates respect, stewardship, service, mindfulness, responsibility, justice, and the search for truth and beauty.
  • To welcome young people into the UU community, help them find their way into becoming active members, and provide them opportunities to learn the rich history and guiding principles of UU.

We believe if the mission of CSD is fulfilled it will contribute greatly to fulfilling our overarching mission at USG of: Building beloved community with service, compassion and empowerment.

What’s happening this Summer 2020 for CSD?

The CSD Committee has decided, after checking in with the USG Security Team, that Children’s Spiritual Development will not offer any in-person programs for children this summer.

Instead we will continue to innovate to connect online. We had some great sessions this Spring and hope to continue the momentum we’re building to thrive together/apart. 
 
I encourage parents and caregivers to attend 10AM Sunday morning worship with their families via Zoom this summer. This is a powerful time for us to worship together and center our multigenerational community. We will have coloring pages to download each week and Times for All Ages included in the Worship Service as much as possible. 

Summer StoryTime
This fun and short program just launched for Wednesday Evenings at 7PM. The next one is Wed July 15th.  No RSVP is needed. We will have new voices and stories each week, with discussion starters for parents and caregivers to take deeper with children.

These stories are for ALL ages, but especially geared towards families with 5 – 11 year-olds. Parents are welcome to attend with children — or set them up and then catch your breath. Zoom link is here for Summer StoryTime — don’t share this on social media. I’ll send out a reminder on Wednesday too.  

REGISTER NOW: UU MINECRAFT CAMP

I am opening up a Realm on Minecraft for children interested in learning about world religions and UU values — all while we build together in the most popular video game of the decade! Folks can play on all mobile devices, tablets and consoles.

Anticipated start date is the week of July 13th and will run for 4-6 weeks (based on interest). We will decide together the best day/time to meet – you can vote when you register. 

Register for Minecraft Camp Here (it’s free except for the cost of the Minecraft App, about $10 – 20). 
 
COMING SOON: UU CSD Book Group  
Sarah Frazier is excited to lead a 6 week summer reading group over Zoom for older children (5th grade and up, as a general guideline).  Interested children can help decide what to read and discuss together, but think chapter books, social justice, magical arts, or wonder inducing.  

Contact myself or Sarah Frazier at sarah.frazier17@gmail.com if your child is interested, for book suggestions, or if any adults are interested in being the zoom helper. This group will meet on Tuesdays or Fridays, TBD.

CSD Logistics

** USG campus is currently not open *** These logistics are for when we open again: All Sunday morning classes meet at 10:30am during regular church service. Youth Group for the high school youth meets from 6-8pm on Sunday night.

On a typical Sunday morning, everyone (except children in the nursery) will attend the beginning of the church service. After the first 15 minutes, children, youth and teachers are excused to their classes. The classes and curricula are listed below.

There are several intergenerational services throughout the year where everyone, including children and youth, stay for the duration of the service. Please visit: This Week in Sunday Children’s Programs for details about an upcoming Sunday (generally updated on Thursdays.)

 

Contact Ryan Hurd, Director of Spiritual Development
for more information or questions about the program.

dsd@usguu.org 215-844-1157