Children’s Faith Development

FD small groups are offered during service on Sundays, as is our Nursery. The children attend the first 15 minutes of service, and then go to their classes all together.

Our Sunday program offers religious learning experiences that provide for maximum interaction among children and their teachers in an informal atmosphere. Our teaching teams consist of three-four adult volunteers who are trained to lead the curriculum and sessions.

Families are encouraged to:

•    bring their children regularly and on time,
•    take an interest in the Family Ministry program,
•    consider ways they might help out,
•    put down roots in their religious community and
•    be responsible for their children’s safety before and after the scheduled program.

These are the classes planned for 2018-2019 and a description:

Nursery:  Infants – 3 years old

Our nursery is staffed by our paid Childcare Coordinator and volunteer caregivers who provide consistent and loving care for our youngest members. Parents, feel free to stay while your child adjusts.

Soul Matters:  PreK- 1st grade

This program follows our congregation’s monthly themes. Through activity and story the children will explore the same themes the adults are discussing each month, offering families the opportunity to connect as a family about what they learned.

Moral Tales:  2nd – 3rd grade

Every day, our children go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. Moral Tales attempts to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools needed to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.

Toolbox of Faith:  4th – 5th grade

Toolbox of Faith invites fourth and fifth-grade participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the sessions  uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and  justice (a flashlight.)

Our Whole Lives (OWL):  4th- 5th grade  ~ 6 weeks only in the winter/spring

OWL is a comprehensive sexuality education program that includes age-appropriate education about human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. It is grounded in a holistic view of sexuality and addresses not only the physical, but also the spiritual, emotional, and cultural aspects of human development.

Building Bridges & ChUUrchcraft:  6th – 7th grade

Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.  ChUUrchcraft enhances the program using the popular app Minecraft as a vehicle for processing learned information on world religions. The group will take trips to local faith communities

Coming of Age (COA):  8th – 9th grade

Participants will learn to think independently while developing their own answers to life’s big questions, and crafting their      personal credo statements. In addition, they will acquire a history in UU theology and practice. The year concludes with a special service where youth will share their credo statements.

Sunday Youth Group:  10th – 12th grade (meets twice a month)

With the support of adult advisors, youth are empowered to participate in social justice work and each other. Activities form a balance of service, social and worship experiences where self-expression is encouraged, as well as outreach beyond our denomination.