Religious Education News: Welcome to First Unitarian Church

06 September 2016

Welcome to First Church of Salt Lake City

If you are new to or just visiting First Unitarian Church, we want to extend an extra special welcome! Religious Education (RE), or family and children’s programming at First Church, focuses on the entire family, not just the child. We’re striving to adapt to ever-changing and ever-busy lifestyles.

First and foremost, our job is to communicate. We know you can’t attend every weekend, so we’re designing programs that fit into your family schedules as much as possible and keeping you up-to-date online.

Second, rather than divide younger families by age, we’re shifting our focus, even in age-designated classrooms, to a family orientation so that you and your children can both benefit simultaneously from First Church’s RE program. In other words, we’ll keep you up-to-date with relevant information.

Our RE season starts Sunday September 11, 2016. Consider this your invitation to join us to learn about our programs and meet our volunteer teachers. Here’s a look at who’s who in First Church RE:

Nursery Care, Room 109 & Toddlers Up to Age 4
The nursery is staffed by experienced childcare providers and is free of charge. This space is warm and welcoming, and available for both the 9am and 11am services. Note: staff will not be available from10:15 to 10:45am between services. Professional staff includes: Triniti, Olivia and Erin.

PreSchool/Kindergarten: Our program—Rainbow Children—is drawn from classic Unitarian curricula. Volunteer teachers: Kris Lander, Sonia Carnell, Skip & Briana Rynearson

Grades 1/2: Picture Book World Religions. Volunteer teachers: Brenda & Tom Goodwin

Grades 3/4: Holidays and Holy Days. Volunteer teachers: Sammy Wood, Kendra Brooks-Smith, Raleigh Smith

Grade 5: Faithful Journeys. Volunteer teachers: Britt Coble & Trixie Sieger

Grades 6/7: World Religions. Volunteer teachers: Sara Jordan, Ian Mitchell, Usha Spaulding & Jen Gibbs

Grades 8/9: OWL (Our Whole Lives). Volunteer teachers: Erin Johnson, Rob Richardson, Di Johnson, Phil Moos

High School grades 10-12: YRUU. Volunteer teachers: Jillian O’Karma, Derek Gersdorf

We look forward to reconnecting with our returning youth and welcome new family members to our congregation! For more information about specific curricula, programs and volunteering, feel free to contact our RE Team: Julie Miller, Lissa Lander & Matthew Cockrum.

In service,
Julie Miller, Director RE