Children and Youth
Sunday Religious Exploration (RE)
COVID-19 Update: We make decisions on church programming in consideration of county and church policies for the safety of our participants. Information often changes at the last minute. Please email email@example.com to register for our programs to receive the most up-to-date information.
Currently our Religious Exploration (RE) program is completely virtual on Zoom. Registrants receive monthly take-home materials. All are welcome; registration is required.
Elementary meets 1st & 3rd Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
Junior High meets every Sunday at 2 p.m.
High School meets 2nd & 4th Sundays at 1 p.m.
Kids age 4 and under welcome to Nursery
Fully certified nursery care workers welcome babies through preschoolers for fun, educational activities with lots of love and attention. (When we meet in person.)
Grades K-1: Rainbows
This hands-on program engages children in their religious exploration. Children learn stories from the world’s religions, try spiritual practices including meditation and prayer, ask questions about how they make meaning, engage in service projects, and occasionally get their hands dirty with paint, clay, or potting soil.
Grades 2-3: Explorers
This hands-on program engages children in their religious exploration. Children learn stories from the world’s religions, try spiritual practices including meditation and prayer, ask questions of how they make meaning, engage in service projects, and occasionally get their hands dirty with paint, clay, or potting soil.
Grades 4-6: Chalice Council meets in the Bridgehouse
This program explores the sources of our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith. Together they discover the timeless themes found in the religions of the world, with special attention this year to stories and traditions from the world’s religions. Children gain more tools for understanding and articulating their faith, as well as the culture in which they live.
Grades 7-9: MUUGs (Middle school UU Group)
Junior high youth come together in this accepting group. In open conversation they explore current events, daily concerns, and life’s big questions through a UU lens.
Grades 10-12: UNIQUE (Senior High UU Youth)
Senior high youth gather to explore living into their faith beyond Sundays. They share personal stories of challenges and successes, engaging more fully around a different topic each Sunday.
We offer two special programs for youth on alternating years. Both of these programs have a registration fee; however scholarships are available and no family will ever be turned away due to financial need. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information and registration.
Coming of Age (COA) is a year-long program that marks the transition from childhood to young adulthood. Throughout the year, youth are asked to push their personal boundaries (in ways that feel safe to them) and to think about their own beliefs and values. Youth are paired with adult mentors from the congregation; discussions and retreats emphasize self-awareness; service is performed to the church and community. The year culminates in a belief-statement worship service led by the youth and their advisers.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is lifespan sexuality education that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. It is offered every other year to grades 7-9, and occasionally to other age groups.
Summer Stars: During the summer months, guests are invited each Sunday to lead the children in a variety of activities including arts, crafts, cooking, and just about anything you can imagine learning. Summer hours TBD. Have a skill you would like to share? Email email@example.com – we would love to hear from you!