Welcome to Tapestry’s Children and High School Youth Religious Education Program

Welcome to Tapestry Church’s Children and High School Youth Ministry and Religious Education Program. We are a small but growing RE program. Our classes are taught by caring adults from all walks of life, including people with backgrounds in education. We follow a special UU Spirit Play curriculumand adapt our lessons to the cultural and developmental needs of our children. Older children can be trained to lead the storytelling. Children and youth can enjoy a multi-age activity followed by learning center activities. A separate High School Youth session will be considered later this year.

Our mission is to teach and model the 7 UU principles and the proposed 8th UU principle, while honoring Sources of wisdom such as all world religions. We seek to empower the children to grow up and become caring, compassionate members of their communities. We vow to:

  • Give unconditional love and respect to each child
  • Give support and respect to each family
  • Practice cultural responsiveness and allow families to participate in the program as much as they would like
  • Make your child’s RE experience a positive, safe, and fun one

If you have questions, you are welcome to contact the co-coordinators, Dana and Rita, at religiouseducation@uutapestry.org.

2018-2019 Children’s and High School Youth Religious Education Sunday Schedule

Time Changes Coming - "Fall Back" with clocks on November 4,

and also with the start time for child care, Spirit Play, and older child/teen Religious Education!

Programs and times will be as follows beginning on November 4th:

Wonder Play and Spirit Play - Child Care and Younger Child RE - Infants from 2 months to children age 8 can be brought by their parents to the Mahjong Room next to the social hall for child care starting at 11 am and continuing till 1:15 pm. Up to age 4 will enjoy Wonder Play and Ages 5 to 8 will enjoy Spirit Play.

If parents/caregivers prefer to keep their younger children in the first part of the service, an RE volunteer can accompany this age group to their care/RE spaces along with the older children and teens. If families prefer to stay together for the service, we have busy bags available at the entrance to the sanctuary.

Weavers - RE Program for Ages 9 to 18 - Children and teens ages 9-18 will spend the first 15 minutes in the service with the adults. At 11:30, this age group will be walked to the social hall for a lesson and activities until the end of the worship service.

Corner Forum, Adult RE, happens from about 12:20/12:30-1:15. Ages 9-18 will be under the supervision of a parent/guardian during this time.

Ages 2 Months to 8 Years - Wonder Play and Spirit Play
Free play and greetings
 11:15-11:30Circle time with lighting chalice and spirit play story
 11:30-12:15Free play/special activities
 12:15-1:00 Bathroom/Handwashing/Snack Time.
 1:00-1:15Music and movement circle with older children/youth invited to join

 Weavers: Religious Education for ages 9 to 18
Time Activity
11:15-11:30Children and teens stay in worship service through Story for All Ages/Big Idea
Note that younger children are welcome to stay also, or to go to the Mahjong Room
at 11 a.m. for child care and Spirit Play.
Religious Education/Faith Formation class and activities in the Social Hall
12:15-12:30Older children/teens join adults for refreshments after worship.
12:30-1:15This hour is occupied by Corner Forum discussion for adults.
Older children/teens will be under the supervision of their parents/guardians.
Child care for ages 2 months to 8 years is available till 1:15 pm in the Mahjong Room.
Older children and teens are welcome to join closing song circle in the Mahjong Room
from 1:00-1:15.
Enrollment Information and Family Survey Forms

Follow the link here to print out an RE registration form for your child. If you prefer a paper version of the forms, we’ve got those too!

Tapestry UU Children's and High School Youth RE Curriculum for 2018-2019

Starting on November 4, 2018:

For ages 2 months to 4 years we offer Wonder Play Child Care in the Mahjong Room from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

For ages 5 to 8 years we offer Spirit Play in the Mahjong Room followed by exploration of enriching materials, snack, and free play .

For ages 9 to 18 we offer a program called Weavers with topics related to the sermon themes or other important topics from 11:30-12:15 p.m.

Tapestry UU Children’s RE Co-Coordinators

Dana Fisher Ashrawi is the leader for the older children/teens group. She has worked with Religious Education off and on over the past 25 years. She coordinated the RE program at Tapestry’s prior location for nearly two years. In 2006, she was co-coordinator of the elementary curriculum for the Southwest UU Summer Institute (SWUUSI, now called The Point UU). She has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Science and a State of Texas endorsement in English as a Second Language. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. She taught elementary school Gifted and Talented students for 11 years in Houston ISD, and mixed levels for 4 years in Cy-Fair ISD. Currently she works as a technical writer. She is a third-generation Unitarian Universalist, distantly related to the Unitarian slavery abolitionist Rev. Theodore Parker. She is a humanist with Quaker leanings and enjoys creating an environment where children feel wholly appreciated, teaching children about the UU principles and how to celebrate diversity and develop critical and creative thinking. She lives with her husband Ibrahim, a Palestinian humanist of Christian heritage, in Cypress, Texas, and together they enjoy their three young adult children, Sama’an, Alice, and Salwa, who all participated in Young Religious UU activities. Dana loves to cook, garden, play piano, sing, read, and participate in social justice activities, and is trying to help train a rambunctious puppy to be an emotional support dog.

Rita Cusack has been a Montessori Teacher for 18 years. She taught at the Houston Montessori Training Center for 2 years. She has 2 grown children who were Montessori students.