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 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 2019-2020 and a description:

Nursery:  Infants – 3.5 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.

Chalice Children:  PreK (3.5) – 1st grade

Chalice Children begins to explore our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith but also to provide experiences around the strength of community; the wonder and awe that transcends everyday understanding; and life issues we all share.

Signs of Our Faith:  2nd – 3rd grade

During the Signs of Our Faith year, children begin finding their own answers to the following questions: How did the world begin? What is my place in it? What is right? What is wrong? These questions can last a lifetime – and 2nd and 3rd graders are at just the right stage in faith development to begin exploring them. In this foundational class, students memorize the 7 Principles, meet the ministers and other staff, talk with congregants, and prepare for a special recognition during the Age of Reason ceremony on May 10, 2020.

Popcorn Theology:  4th – 5th grade

Popcorn Theology is designed for elementary age children and multi-generational groups, using primarily G-rated movies (with some PG movies) as excerpts to explore theology and ethics. Our 4th and 5th grade youth explore topics such as jealousy, stereotypes, fear, ableism, and being yourself just to name a few.

Our Whole Lives (OWL):  4th- 5th grade  ~ 8 weeks only in fall 2019

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.

Heeding the Call & Popcorn Theology:  6th – 7th grade

Heeding the Call is a social justice curriculum that not only explores linked oppressions in our society, but also encourages participants towards personal growth in values that counteract the marginalization of others. Additionally, the program includes more concrete tools, such as suggestions on how to be a good ally and tips on the language of conflict resolution.

Popcorn Theology Too explores popular movies on issues of theological and ethical relevance to UU middle school youth.

Our Whole Lives (OWL):  8th – 9th grade

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.

Young UUs in the Morning (YUUM):  10th – 12th grade (meets twice a month Sundays at 10:30)

A new program for high school-age UUs. Be a part of this radically inclusive program for youth to connect and support one another. The group promotes leadership while putting faith into action every day by daring to be real.

We also have volunteer and leadership opportunities for youth. Contact Michelle McKenzie-Creech, Director of Family Ministry for more information.