What’s happening 2020-2021 for CSD?

This year, more than ever, USG is here to support your family in your spiritual development. 

I encourage parents and caregivers to attend 10AM Sunday morning worship with their families via Zoom. This is a powerful time for us to worship together and center our multi-generational community. We will have a Times for All Ages included in the Worship Service as much as possible. 

Minecraft UUtopia Elementary Edition and Youth Edition
 is Open! 

UUtopia is a regional Minecraft-based religious education program with seven other UU congregations participating! Kids can play on all mobile devices, tablets and computers. Our primary goal in UUtopia is to build community while playing a cooperative game, with a secondary goal of learning about elements of sacred architecture from around the world.  Elementary and Youth UUtopia will run every other Sunday through February 2021.  Register here for Minecraft UUtopia and Ryan will send tech instructions and our covenant for cooperative play! 

Growing Anti-Racism UUs runs through March 7
12:00pm: K – 2nd grade
1:00pm: 3rd – 6th grades

We share stories, discussion, and fun crafts together as we explore identity, race, and ethnicity as it relates to our UU values. Zoom links will be shared in the CSD newsletter. In partnership with the UU Congregation of Susquehanna Valley and UU Restoration.

Youth Dream Group! (9th -12th grade). Next session: Sunday, February   21,  7:00pm with the Thomas Paine UU Youth Group, facilitated by Ryan Hurd. Come explore the mysteries of the creative dreaming mind with other 9th – 12th graders.

Please Register here for CSD 2020-2021

We are now building our 21st century CSD team!
The ways we engage are radically shifting, but the message is the same: We are here to grow together, strengthened by our intergenerational relationships and our compassionate approach to self-inquiry, spiritual growth and social justice.
If you’d like to assist CSD this year, at any level, contact Ryan at dsd@usguu.org


More Parent Resources and Connecting Online
CSD Parenting Resources: Check out the latest Story Time and other new videos and recommended articles for families to explore when convenient.

Parents and Caregivers are also welcome to join our CSD Facebook group

If you are already subscribed to the CSD e-newsletter, you will be sent the Zoom link for the Sunday children’s program. If you are not yet receiving that but are interested in joining, send an email to Ryan Hurd in advance so the Children’s ZOOM link can be sent to you.

Our Children’s Spiritual Development program for 2019-20 has as its theme Wonder, Service, Mindfulness and Fun. We will return to offering exciting programs from PreK to 12th grade, as well as monthly special events including Children’s Chapel and Justice Sundays once the stay at home order has lifted.

Details about the CSD programs and schedules in normal times can be found on the on the Child Spiritual Development page. You can register online at: bit.ly/register-csd

Logistics for program Sundays once the church reopens:

Drop Off: Children can accompany parents into the sanctuary for worship at 10:30am, and then they will be sung out to the Dining Hall after approximately 15 minutes. Parents are welcome to accompany children to the Dining Hall, where our CSD Leaders will gather them into their groups: PreK – Kindergarten, First-Third Grade, and 4-5th grade, Middle School Youth Group (7-8th grade), and Coming of Age (8th- 10th grade). 

Parents and guardians are also welcome to accompany the children and Leaders back to the CSD rooms, especially if you have never seen them before! 

Parents are welcome to sit in a CSD session or visit at any time. Your children’s safety and happiness is important to us, and we want you to know exactly where your children are at all times.

Dismissal: We are asking parents of PreK-Kindergarten and 1st – 3rd Grades to come back to the CSD rooms (in Sullivan 1 and Sullivan 2) around 11:45AM to pick up children. 

Children in 4-5th grades will be able to head back to the Dining Hall on their own after their workshop is over. 

Visit the Child Spiritual Development page for details about our Fall program.

If your child or youth participates in CSD programs and is not registered,  please register them here or contact Ryan Hurd (dsd@usguu.org).

There is so much to LOVE about USG and we are glad you are here!

The Children’s Programming page will generally be updated by Thursday each week.