Religious Education for Children and Youth

Notes for the week of Sunday Sept 27

  • Families with children in 5th grade and younger and 8th graders and guides of these groups, have you picked up your packet of materials for online Sunday morning activities for this fall? If not, come pick yours up THIS SATURDAY from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Elizabeth and Leah will be happy to see you in person if you can come! If you can’t come, contact Leah Purcell at for other arrangements.

  • The 6th/7th grade Crossing Paths group (children, and their guides and parents/caretakers) will meet with me for their orientation for about 45 – 60 min

  • Delayed start for 9th Grade Coming of Age The curriculum is being re-written as we speak to adapt to an online format. We hope things will be ready by Oct 4 or 11. Stay tuned.

  • It’s especially important for parents/caretakers to register their children this year. This way we will know how to plan for each group, and ensure you have the passwords to our online events. Correct contact information is vital for communication this year as we are meeting virtually and won’t see each other in the halls or at coffee hour. We’ve shortened up the form to make it as quick and easy as possible. Click here to register

Groups and Curriculum 2020-21:  

  • Preschool-1st Grade: Online small group based on theme of the month. Preschool parents can also opt to do RE at home using provided materials.
  • 2nd-5th Grade: Online small group based on theme of the month.
  • 6th/7th Grade: Online small group, Crossing Paths curriculum (learning about other religions). Site visits to be held later.
  • 8th Grade: Online Book Club style small group, text chosen to amplify Black voices/relate to #BLM. Also open to 9th graders not doing Coming of Age.
  • 9th Grade: Online small group plus mentor meetings, Coming of Age program.
  • 10th Grade and up: Online Yo”uu”th group led by paid advisor Tracey Hickey

Format for Sunday Mornings:  

Religious Education for all the children in grades 8 and younger starts at 11:30

The first Sunday of the month we have Brunch Church (at 11:30) for all the children, and youth and their parents/caregivers and their guides in grades 8 and younger. Older youth (9th-12th graders) are welcome too. Brunch Church is our relaxed, theme based, child oriented 30 min service. It will be a time for us to hear the story of the week; have our traditional rituals; and explore creative ways for everyone to participate. No RE groups for grades 5 and under. We’ll dismiss the older children (6th grade and up) after the story in Brunch Church to meet in their groups in break out rooms. We’ll allow a few minutes for those children to get into their breakout rooms and to different physical rooms in their homes between the end of Brunch Church and the start of sessions. 

Most other Sundays, we’ll start at 11:30 with a short (15 min) Family Chapel  This is also for children, youth, their parents/caretakers and the RE guides. It will include the story for the week. Then we’ll have break out rooms for each group in 8th grade and younger for their group sessions.

Email the Leah Purcell, Director of RE and Family Ministry for the link for Brunch Church and Family Chapel

When Albany UU has multigenerational service, we will not have RE. Upcoming multigen dates are Nov 1, and Dec 20. Also, no RE on Dec 27.

Communication and Connections:  

Leah keeps families updated with a weekly email newsletter that comes out each Thursday.

We have a Mighty Network for the RE community to connect anytime called “The Treehouse”. This is a social media platform just for the RE community. It has been great fun for children, youth, and adults to contribute to the different topics. I hope you join. The Treehouse topics are 

  • UU’s in Action 
  • UU’s at Play
  • UU’s at Church
  • UU’s in Spirit
  • UU’s at Home

You’ll find resources for parents/caretakers, for children and youth and opportunities for everyone to contribute their thoughts, photos and videos, ideas for resources and upcoming events in their communities.

Email Leah Purcell  for the links to these

We’re better together. 

Despite the challenging circumstances, Leah and Elizabeth are excited about the upcoming year and are doing their best to meet your needs. They welcome your questions and your thoughts on what your family needs from our RE community now.