Children's Religious Exploration

Children/Youth RE

RE Registration

All families are encouraged to register your children and youth for the 2021-2022 RE year as soon as possible, so we can plan for volunteer needs and activities. If you cannot access the web link to register, please contact our DRE, Cory Ness directly.

RE for Pre K–6th Grades at 9:30 a.m.

  • Sunday, October 3: No RE
  • Sunday, October 10: The Skill of Promising
  • Sunday, October 17: The Skill of Listening & Communicating What You Need
  • Sunday, October 24: The Skill of Caring
  • Sunday, October 31: No RE – Multigenerational Trunk and Treat!

 Zoom links will be sent out in our Children & Youth RE Newsletters.

The year’s components include:

  • Light It! - Chalice Lighting
  • Check In!
  • Introduce It! - Wonder Box
  • Tell It and Talk About It! - Story
  • Explore It! - Digging Deeper with Activities


RE for 7th–12th graders!


Corn Maze at Strites Orchard - Saturday, October 23 at 2 p.m.

Join us for Corn Maze fun at Strites Orchard located at 1000 Strites Rd in Harrisburg. Cost is $4/person. Please do not let the cost deter your participation as funds are available. More information coming soon! Contact Cory with questions.

4th Tuesday - Monthly Youth Worship

Scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. Our 7th – 12th graders are invited to join us via zoom for a brief worship service, including a Chalice Lighting, Extended Check-in, Reading and Conversation based on our monthly theme. During our time together we will learn about the sacred, about others, about ourselves. Discover what it means to have a personal faith that is anchored by diversity and acceptance. This month we will focus on “Cultivating Relationship.”  Zoom links will be sent out in our Children & Youth RE Newsletters.


Trunk and Treat!

Join us Sunday, October 31, for a socially-distanced Halloween event for our community!

Park your car, decorate your trunk for Halloween, and bring individually wrapped treats for our trick-or-treaters of all ages including kids of all ages, from 0-101.

Any treats (baked or bought) containing peanuts should be labeled, and if you bake something that is gluten free or dairy free, please label it so kids with allergies can enjoy.

Costumed kids, families, and Halloween aficionados will gather treats and enjoy the displays in socially-distanced groups with masks on directly after the service. (More information about the Sunday October 31 service is coming soon, but as of now the service is being planned to be an outside, in person event.)

All participants must wear masks appropriate for preventing the spread of Covid-19 and maintain at least 6 feet between family units.


Access the Religious Exploration Calendar here.


**The information below pertains to in-person worship. We hope to meet again safely in the future.  (Note - Our church building is currently closed and most RE sessions take place online or outdoors.)

The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg offers children's religious exploration (RE) programming each Sunday morning at Clover Lane.

Please try to arrive about 15 minutes before the service. Greeters in the lobby will welcome you, get name-tags for your family, and ask you to fill out a visitor registration form. Arriving a bit early allows you time to look around; to meet other families, the RE Leaders, and/or the Director of Religious Exploration; and to ask questions. Please include any special needs or allergies on the visitor registration form to best provide a positive experience for your child.

We provide fidget materials, toys, and projects for babies, children, teens, and adults in both sanctuaries. Members and guests should sit where they are most comfortable and move around as needed. Joyful noises and movements are the signs of a living, thriving church. We welcome them!

All ages start together in the sanctuary. Some Sundays, families remain together in the service. Other Sundays, children, youth, and RE Leaders will recess to their RE session downstairs during a song (about 15 minutes into the service.) We encourage you to go with your children to help them find their way and settle in. If you do not arrive early, just go with the rest of the children and leaders, let them know you are new, and they will accompany you to the RE room. Please stay in the session or activity with your child if you would like.
After their third visit, families must complete the UCH RE registration form (button found at top of page.) This helps our Director of Religious Exploration and RE Committee monitor attendance, communicate with families, and tailor activities for their children & youth.

Religious Exploration
Religious Exploration

Nursery Care

Families of babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome to:

  • keep their little ones with them in the service
  • take breaks in the lobby and return to worship
  • listen to worship through the speakers in Fuller Chapel (upstairs) or the Potter Room (downstairs)
  • to send their younger children along with nursery care volunteers as RE recesses after the first 15 minutes of worship whichever option (or mix of options) works best for you.

Care for infants and toddlers is integrated into our general children's programming. Our youngest children begin RE time in an all-ages setting to interact and build relationships with older children and youth. Then they move to developmentally appropriate activities and free play in the Potter Room.

Families are encouraged to take the time to help make their children comfortable and inform the child care providers about any anticipated needs. Two childcare providers from the congregation engage and guide the children. Parents and caregivers are welcome to sit in any time.

Nursery care continues until 11:45, 15 minutes after the worship service, to allow parents and caregivers the chance to fellowship during Coffee Hour.