Welcome Back to RE!

Religious education classes begin on September 17!  This year’s class groupings and curricula will be:

SpiritPlay   Pre-K – 1st Grades

SpiritPlay is a storytelling religious education program. During each class, the storyteller relates a story while presenting visual cues (small objects or pictures) to the children as a way to help them remember the story.    Following each storytelling, the children are encouraged to interpret the story through art expression or revisit past stories. Included are legends from many different faith traditions, creative expressions of our Unitarian Universalist principles (introduced as “promises”) and tales of our UU ancestors.

Experiences with the Web of Life   2nd- 5th Grades

Experiences with the Web of Life enables students to develop an awareness of and respect for the interdependence of living things.  Activities are geared toward encouraging children’s natural sense of wonder and awe.  Throughout the year they will develop a desire to protect the environment and gain an awareness of and comfort with change and growth as characteristics of living things (including birth and death).

You the Digital Creator   Grades 6 and Up

The digital revolution brings new creative power that youth use to shape their future lives. This program helps participants understand and apply this new power in positive ways with lessons exploring topics such as “Me, My Selfie and I,” “Digital Social Justice,” and “Cyber Arts.” quin1


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Summer Fun

We had a great variety of activities for the children this summer.  Thanks to all our volunteer leaders for sharing their time with us!

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Murray Grove Highlights

Murray Grove Retreat Center in Lanoka Harbor, NJ was the site of our annual gathering once again for the weekend of June 9-11.


Friday Cook-out


Birthday Dance Party


Synchronized Not-diving


Perfect Pool Day


Pool Snooze


The Tree-sure Wizard


Kitty-Cat Puzzle Time

See you all again next year!

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Coming of Age


Our Coming of Age students shared their credos with us at their service on June 4, 2017.




Our COA students with their dedicated leaders

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Relax and RejUUvenate this Summer

As summer approaches, it is time to begin thinking about our congregation’s annual retreat at Murray Grove Retreat Center.

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Each year members of our congregation get together for a cookout and gathering at the Murray Grove historical site and retreat center located in Lanoka Harbor, NJ (Exit 74, Garden State Parkway).  All are welcome to join us for all or part of the weekend, which will include:

  • Friday night – cookout/potluck dinner and campfire
  • Saturday – unstructured playtime for kids and relaxing time for adults
  • Sunday morning – a participant-led Children’s Chapel/Sunday service

There is also a labyrinth to enjoy, a ga-ga pit and playground to entertain the kids, and swimming is usually available.

Overnight accommodations are dormitory style housing with two twin beds per room and shared bathrooms. To offset expenses, we are requesting a donation of $25 per adult and $10 per child per night, or $50 per adult, $20 per child for the weekend (babies free). All children must be accompanied by an adult.  A donation of any amount will be gratefully accepted, and please do not let the cost keep you at home.

If you are interested in attending, look for more information and sign-up sheets on Sunday or contact Heidi Jannsch at sjsdre@gmail.com

In addition, if you are interested in other UU summer camp opportunities, take a look at the links below:




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What’s Happening in RE

Our Religious Education programming on Sunday mornings continues to be enthusiastically attended each week.  Some of the highlights from this winter and spring include:

Our Annual RE Family Pot Luck held in February:

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Our 2-6 grade “Harry Potter class” helped fight the hunger “horcrux” by contributing Vegetarian Bean soup mixes to the Family Promise Soup Sale Fund Raiser:


We can help others


Throughout this year our teens have been working with a great group of mentors to explore some of life’s big questions.

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We are all connected

The teens attended a Coming of Age Retreat at Murray Grove Retreat Center and began writing their credos (belief statements) which they will share with the congregation during the RE Service on June 4.


We are awesome!


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Making a Difference in RE

This year’s Children’s RE Program has already proven to be a busy and exciting season for our youth.  Right before we returned to our regular Sunday classes, a group of UUCSJS kids and parents visited the Absegami High School rain garden.  Under the direction of Katy Cardwell, advisor of the Earth Shepherds group at AHS, our families spent a few hours weeding, clearing and watering the rain garden.


We began our regular classes on September 18th, offering SpiritPlay for Pre-K – 1st grade, Harry and UU for 2nd-6th grade and Coming of Age for grades 7 and up.



Our youth have been incorporating service projects into their classes this year: in October the 2-6 grade class ran a successful Food Bank fundraiser for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  As UUCSJS prepares to host families in the Family Promise program, our kids have been preparing our space by collecting books for a sharing library, and also helping prepare the classrooms to be turned into bedrooms for our guest families in January.











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