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At Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation (PCUUC), we offer a safe and supportive environment for your child to explore life and all of its facets. The children are supported by, and are an integral part of, a spiritual community that helps them define their own moral compass.
We believe in introducing ideas to youth, not indoctrinating them. We introduce ideas before ideologies, and allow them to find what resonates with them as individuals. We offer a space for children to build a spiritual foundation for themselves.
Our program emphasizes:
Building healthy relationships with one another
The importance of community
The interdependence of all life
World and neighboring faiths
In addition to Religious Education on Sundays, we offer many other ways for families to be connected and involved. More information about what the children do during the service can be found in our FAQs.
We hope that your family will consider visiting our church to see if our community feels like the right spiritual home for you.
Director of Religious Education
As the Director of Religious Education, since March 2015, Jennifer Weigand is responsible for all facets of PCUUC’s Sunday morning Religious Education (RE) program for children. Look for Jennifer in the classroom during RE or up in front of the barn as she reads the story of all ages. She is always working to ensure the children and families experience excellent RE while continually building bridges within our multi-generational church community.
Jennifer brings 14 years of experience from the Children’s Learning Center at the College of Lake County where she was a classroom teacher. She has a degree in early childhood education and lives in Fox Lake with her two children, Kyla and Ashlyn. She has volunteered as a portrait photographer at the Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.
She is certified in CPR and first aid.
Primary RE Teacher - September-May
Samantha will return in September 15th for the church year. Sam grew up attending Sunday school in Christian churches, and her paternal grandfather was a pastor. He always spoke of how children are blessings. Sam volunteered in the children's ministry as a teenager, preffing to work with the kids and learn more than sitting though the sermon. Sam competed in swimming for over 10 years and taught lessons at 13. After graduating high school she coached for a bit while attending McHenry Community College and University of WIsconsin. Currently, Sam is a caregiver during the week and loves the opportunity to work with the kids on Sundays.
Linda Bowser is our primary Nursery Caretaker. She has been at PCUUC since 2014 and in the industry for over 20 yrs. Once kids turn 3 they move to the Pre-primary class. The Nursery is available starting at 8:45am on Sundays in the Charter School.
Pre-Primary (3-5 year olds) - We Are Many We Are One-We Are Many, We Are One is a year-long religious education program for preschool children. It offers young children the opportunity and tradition, as well as freedom to discover and express their uniqueness. The four units in this program encourages children to use their minds, bodies, and emotions to develop their sense of identity and self-esteem within their Unitarian Universalist community and their world.
Primary (6-9 year olds) - World Of Wonder-This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development. Time spent experiencing and exploring during the kindergarten and first grade years begins a practice that can bring lifelong openness to the wonder nature can spark.
Adolescent (10+) - Windows and Mirrors-Windows and Mirrors nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about, and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters.