Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Creating Home: A Program on Developing a Sense of Home Grounded in Faith for Grades K-1


Part of Creating Home

Every congregation has its own approach to structuring religious education. You can implement the Creating Home program with any model your congregation uses.

As leader, you will choose the combination of activities for each session. You know best how to shape the Creating Home program to fit your congregation's religious education model, the culture of your congregation, the children in the group, and the time and space allocated for each session.

Some activities call for adult visitors. Arrange visits at least a few weeks in advance and confirm the arrangements a week before the session. While planning these visits takes time and effort, they provide valuable opportunities for children to interact with adults in the congregation whom they might not otherwise meet. As their circle of Unitarian Universalist role models widens, children will gain a sense of belonging in their faith home and begin to imagine themselves as adults in the congregation.

A few core activities require you to take the group outdoors. Find suitable places well in advance and obtain necessary permissions. Make sure you will not disturb others in the outdoor space and check for insects and poisonous plants.

Within the sessions, you will find suggestions for adaptation. Feel free to add your own. Grab a highlighter and choose what you feel is best for your space, time, and group. Remember, you are the best guide for these young learners.