Religious Exploration Committee
The work of the religious exploration committee it Is to provide members of the congregation of all ages an opportunity to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, to enjoy the process of learning with other members of the congregation, and to support families as they bring up their children to be part of the church family. This exploration is carried out in a variety of formats. The committee works with other groups within the church to integrate a variety of programs answering the needs of people with different interests preferred ways of learning, and ability to commit time.
For the very youngest infants up to the age of preschool nursery care may be arranged during the service. Parents have a choice of having their youngest with them in the service we’re listening to this service in the church parlor where there is a playpen, toys, and books to hold their attention. For children of there is also the option of attending the service with their parents, or using the quiet table at the back of the sanctuary where a number of activities are provided. These activities include coloring projects, the small sandbox, books to browse, seasonal projects, and faith-based activities to be used as home.
We endeavor to make our services Family friendly as well as providing weekly religious education opportunities each Sunday gathering outside the service, and a pre-church breakfast gathering on the first Sunday of each month. Descriptions of these will be printed in the newsletter, included in the weekly e-news, and provided on the website. Parents with children of any age should contact a member of the religious exploration committee to discuss their children’s needs and preferences and to indicate when they are most likely to come to church.
For preteens and teens there is a chance to join with the young people in other local congregations to do service work at all souls and to attend special events. Parents and young people are invited to have a conversation with the religious search exploration committee about their needs and preferences.
Adults will find a book group, a women’s group, small group ministry, and a variety of workshops, discussions, films, and talks on many topics. There are number of affiliated groups besides those mentioned which provide a chance for exploration. Marty Shaw is the chair of this committee and may be contacted through the church office.