Children are a vibrant part of the life of our church. They begin most Sunday mornings in the sanctuary before being sung downstairs and into their groups.
Several times a year we worship all together during multigenerational services. And a few times a year school-aged children come together to explore a theme through circle worship and activities.
Religious Exploration (RE) programs for children run on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to about 11:45 a.m. Parents and guardians are invited to spend time in fellowship with others, while groups finish their morning plans. Please enjoy visiting upstairs until 11:45 a.m.
We also provide childcare until 1:00 to make it easy for parents to volunteer or attend after-church discussions or meetings. We ask that you connect with your child after RE, help them get a snack (or provide a lunch), then take them to childcare. Childcare is provided beginning at 9:15 a.m. on Choir Sundays, which is also helpful for those serving in pastoral care, refreshments, worship and other areas of early-Sunday morning activity.
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In 2008 the congregation created a Vision Statement for Religious Exploration for all ages, which guides our programs.
Click through for details about this year's plans.
Acorns (babies to 3 years old)
Our staff of Childcare Providers offer care during Sunday Services. Children in the Acorn room may play, climb, create, hear stories, and more.
Parents are welcome to stay as long as needed for their child’s comfort. Children are also welcome in the service. Of course, young ones are still learning how to speak softly so, for your comfort and those who have impaired hearing, we provide a family space in our foyer, where the service may still be heard, and children may move, play quietly, or snuggle.
Wonderers (3-4 years old / preschool)
Celebrating Me & My World
This program begins by celebrating the wondrous qualities of the children themselves and expands outward to the things and people around them. It provides opportunities and experiences for children to grow in their sense of trust and caring and to develop their self-identity and their sense of connectedness with all of life.
Explorers (5-7 years old / grades K-1)
Love Surrounds Us
At the core of our Unitarian Universalist communities are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.
Adventurers (7-9 years old / grades 2-4)
Participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action.
Through sessions structured around the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Faithful Journeys demonstrates that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals can affirm with many kinds of action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs.
Seekers (10-11 years old / grades 5-6)
Toolbox of Faith
Toolbox of Faith invites 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 session 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).
In the new year the Seekers will switch to Our Whole Lives sexuality education, which introduces topics such as gender, body image, consent, media literacy, and body changes. One difference between Our Whole Lives and the Health class children may get in the school system, is a focus on identifying their own values, and developing tools to embody them in all their relationships.
Questers (12 years old / grade 7)
Amazing Grace: Exploring Right from Wrong
Amazing Grace helps preteens understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. It equips them for moving safely and productively through the middle and high school years, when they will be continually tugged toward both ends of the ethics continuum. Through their involvement in Amazing Grace, they will come to recognize and depend on their Unitarian Universalist identity and resources as essential to their movement toward understanding, independence, and fulfillment of personal promise.
Ready to Volunteer?
Children and Youth RE Training
Saturday Sept. 21
9:00 - noon
Facilitator: Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
For people serving the congregation by co-facilitating children’s or youth RE programs.
Build community together; learn what support you’ll receive, what’s expected of you, and where to find things; learn some helpful tips. Access your curriculum and get grounded in this sacred work. Coffee/tea will be on when you arrive.
This program is part of the support provided to people who serve in our Faith Development ministries.