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Volunteers for Religious Education

RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS & VOLUNTEERS

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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.

Work With No 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!

RE Ambassador

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.

RE Hospitality Coordinator

The Hospitality Coordinator helps organize food and beverages for various RE events. This volunteer may work with the Special Events Coordinator, the Director of Religious Education (DRE), or both. Some example events include: Volunteer Orientation, Program Evaluation Luncheons, RE Sunday, Youth Group Events, and Halloween.

Youth Group Fundraising Coordinator

As our Youth Group grows, we need help securing funds to bring their dreams to fruition. The Fundraising Coordinator works with the DRE, students, and parents to organize various fundraising efforts. These could be small online campaigns to medium-scale event project management.

Special Events Coordinator

Organizing, event planning, implementation, and securing helpers is what this position is all about. Work with the DRE and various groups/parents to bring to life such events as Halloween and Easter.

Elements and Youth Curriculum Development Teams

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. There are two separate positions, one for each of two age groups:

  • Elements is for our VPK through sixth graders. Some years they go to three learning centers: story, craft, and music and movement, while other times they break into two groups and rotate.
  •  Youth is for grades 7 through 12. These RE lessons should be meaningful and engaging. We hope to increase our use of technology.

Work With Older Kids

Youth RE Facilitators

Youth RE Facilitators 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 Understanding Racism. Facilitators are provided lesson materials, plans, and resources.

Classes begin in the Sanctuary at 11:00 am, transfer to the Enrichment Center around 11:15, and continue until parent pickup at 12:15 pm. Youth RE Facilitators are asked to commit to at least one of three educational terms within the program year. (Most serve for more than one term.)

Youth RE, Adult Participants

This year’s theme, Understanding Racism, will challenge us to to learn and grow. We are seeking adults with an interest in the topic to serve as participants in the Youth RE classes. They will not need to prepare materials or lead classes, but rather they will be part of the process. They will offer personal reflection alongside students, share different perspectives, and listen.

Classes begin in the Sanctuary at 11:00 am, transfer to the Enrichment Center around 11:15, and continue until parent pickup at 12:15 pm. Participants are asked to commit to at least one of three educational terms within the program year. (Most serve for more than one term.)

Youth Advisors for Youth Group

Youth Advisors work with grades 7–12 students (ages 12–18) and meet on 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.

Middle School OWL

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. Middle School OWL is a very comprehensive 27-week course taught on Wednesdays from 6:30  to 8:00 pm, starting in mid September and continuing through the end of April.

Youth Group Chaperone

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.

Work With Younger Kids

Elements Teachers

Elements Teachers lead lessons for children age 4 (VPK) through grade six and work with other Elements Volunteers. They volunteer in one of the following learning centers: Story & Lesson, Craft & Activity, or Music & Movement and are provided lesson materials, plans, and resources.

Classes begin in the Sanctuary at 11:00 am, transfer to the Enrichment Center around 11:15, and continue until parent pickup at 12:15 pm. Elements Teachers report to the DRE and are asked to commit to at least one of three educational terms within the program year. (Most serve for more than one term.)

Elements Leaders

Elements Leaders work with children age 4 (VPK) through grade six, as well as with other Elements Volunteers. They serve as classroom managers and teacher’s assistants. They lead students to each learning center, take attendance, and engage in discussion that is in keeping with the day’s topic and our UU values.

Classes begin in the Sanctuary at 11:00 am, transfer to the Enrichment Center around 11:15, and continue until parent pickup at 12:15 pm. Elements Leaders report to the DRE and are asked to commit to at least one of three educational terms within the program year. (Most serve for more than one term.)

K–1 OWL 

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. Kindergarten and First Grade level OWL is a 9-week course taught on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30, starting in January.

Grade 5/6 OWL

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. Grade 5/6– level OWL is a 10-week course taught on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 starting in mid September.

Act Now!

Don’t wait! There is always something to be done in RE! Email Regina at DRE@OrlandoUU.org today to get on the schedule!