Grounded in our motto The Method Is The Message, Children’s Religious Education (CRE) programing serves its families and students by exemplifying our UU values in the classroom, on campus, and in the larger community. Volunteering in CRE helps you grow in your own faith, make a difference, and help develop UU identity in our students. Imagine the impact you can have on the world by volunteering in RE!
We have different ways you can volunteer for our Religious Education program; some involve working with the kids, some working without kids.
Perhaps you’re someone who isn’t comfortable managing or spending a lot of time with kids, but you’re committed to making sure they have a safe and enriching experience at 1U. We have volunteer jobs for you!
Our program is growing and we are looking for dynamic and well connected people to help match our awesome 1U folks to the numerous RE volunteer positions. If you don’t feel “well connected,” this is a great way to meet new people and interact. We need cheerleaders that can talk about all the wonderful things we’re doing for our kids and secure volunteers to ensure our growth.
The Hospitality Coordinator helps organize food and beverages for various RE events. This volunteer may work with the Special Events Coordinator, the Director of Children and Youth Ministries (DCYM), or both. Some example events include: Volunteer Orientation, Program Evaluation Luncheons, RE Sunday, Youth Group Events, and Halloween.
As our youth program grows, we need help securing funds to bring their dreams to fruition. The Fundraising Coordinator works with the DCYM, students, and parents to organize various fundraising efforts. These could be small online campaigns to medium-scale event project management.
Organizing, event planning, implementation, and securing helpers is what this position is all about. Work with the DCYM and various groups/parents to bring to life such events as Halloween and Easter.
At First Unitarian we practice Themed Ministry. This means that all of our programming anchors to a common theme for the year: worship, Adult Religious Education, some groups, and Children’s RE. Therefore, we create our own curriculum. If you like research, problem solving, connecting information, and lesson planning, this is the position for you.
Youth Advisors work with grades 7–12 students (ages 12–18). They lead class discussions and engage youth and adult participants in learning activities on this year’s theme of Serving with Joy & Generosity. Facilitators are provided lesson materials, plans, and resources.
In addition, they will meet with the youth the first and third Sunday of the month from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Advisors help facilitate youth leadership development, serve as mentors, and empower youth to be an active part of church life. They help students plan and implement outings and field trips, and they chaperone as needed.
OWL teachers implement the Our Whole Lives Program that provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information on a range of human sexuality education topics. OWL Teachers promote an inclusive and safe environment that emphasizes personal values, self worth, and responsibility.
The two levels:
These chaperones supervise youth group outings in a variety of capacities. Sometimes we only need an adult presence, while other times we need the total package: transportation, meals, set up, clean up, and/or engaging interaction. Some things we’ve done in the past include: Second Harvest, United Against Poverty 5K, field trips to various houses of worship, festivals, lock-ins, and overnight trips.
RE volunteers work with age 4 (VPK) through grade six. They lead class discussions and engage children in learning activities on this year’s theme of Serving with Joy & Generosity and our UU values. Facilitators are provided lesson materials, plans, and resources.
Classes begin in the Sanctuary at 10:30 am, transfer to the Enrichment Center around 10:45, and continue until parent pickup at 12:00 pm.
OWL Teachers implement the Our Whole Lives Program that provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information on a range of human sexuality topics. OWL Teachers promote an inclusive and safe environment that emphasizes personal values, self worth, and responsibility.
The two levels:
Don’t wait! There is always something to be done in RE! Email Jessica Hunt, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, DCYM@OrlandoUU.org, today to get on the schedule!