The Circle RE Curriculum varies from year to year to keep content engaging and fresh; it incorporates
- Unitarian Universalist theology ideas and ideals
- Outdoor exploration
- Resiliency, developed through mindful and intentional programming
- Safe, welcoming space for all youth
- A focus on joyful, personal & spiritual exploration
Some years we feature our UU magic school curriculum, Silverthorn. You can learn more about the magical Silverthorn universe on our Silverthorn page.
With the exception of the Circle Youth Group (which meets in the afternoons from 1 – 2:30), Circle RE takes place during Sunday morning worship. The Circle RE program rotates between our three Circle churches and happens (mostly) on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, Sept. – June. Visit our Schedule page to find out when and where we’re meeting next!
Other Available Education Programs
All three Circle churches offer programs for preschool through high school. Here’s what else happens at our churches in addition to Circle RE:
Spirit Play – A program for ages Pre-K through K/1st that runs most Sundays. Spirit Play doesn’t run on Muli-Generational Service Sundays, (i.e. Water Communion, Easter, etc.). The Spirit Play program is a spiritual exploration program that uses storytelling, art, and other activities designed to help children slow down and learn how to be still, and how to listen to their inner lives.
UU Exploration Lab – The UU Lab for youth in elementary and middle school is available on Sundays when the Circle RE Program is off. In the UU Lab, kids explore non-curriculum-focused, spiritual exploration through:
Art: drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, storytelling, and music
Body Movement: stretching and yoga (for all abilities/mobilities)
Breath Awareness: active and passive meditation activities
Play: active and quiet games
Circle Youth Group – A radically-inclusive program for High School youth that runs on Circle Sundays (usually second and fourth Sundays) after service – from 1 – 2:30 PM. Our YG is open to high school youth in all our communities (not just those in our congregations!) served by the Circle RE Program (Hudson, Marlboro, Northboro, and Westboro). Visit the Schedule page to find out when and where the Youth Group is meeting.
Where to Meet
All our education programs happen in the RE/Classroom wing. Nursery staff and Program Educators meet our youth in the Sanctuary every Sunday right before worship and bring the children to the classrooms after the Story for All Ages.
Note: Due to the small nature of all our congregations, multiple programs often occur in the same space (i.e. Nursery and Spirit Play, or Spirit Play and UU Exp. Lab), to help keep the community connected. Youth work on age-specific programming, even when sharing space with other age groups, except when all-ages programming is offered.
Every other year, our joint churches offer the Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education program to younger teens in our congregations and surrounding communities.
The OWL program offers 7th – 9th graders a safe space where they can learn and talk about sexuality education with trained facilitators. OWL incorporates:
- Accurate information presented in developmentally appropriate ways
- Affective and emotional learning
- Guiding values and principles
- Activities that help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
- A safe and supportive peer group
- Acceptance of diversity
- A social justice approach to inclusive sexuality education
Why should your teen participate in the OWL program?
“Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives.” – https://www.uua.org/re/owl
For more information or to find out if your 7th, 8th or 9th grader is able to attend our OWL program, email the Circle Education Director at CircleDRE@ucmh.org
The Circle community often has several special events throughout the year. Past events have included:
- Movie Night
- Animal Tracking
- Youth-Led worship service
- Beach Party
- Off-site community service work
- Holiday Pageant
- Halloween Haunted House