Children & Youth Programs
Children have big questions and concerns – so do we. As a community, we help young people find the courage and confidence to develop their own answers with many sources and mentors as guides.
Religious education program
Our vibrant and growing religious education program serves children and youth from preschool through high school. We rely on structured curricula that explore themes such as Unitarian Universalist principles, identity, community, love, and justice.
Religious education classes are led by lay teams. These volunteers create a safe, nurturing community centered on age-appropriate activities and lessons that help children and youth develop personal values, social responsibility, and their own spiritual identity.
Prior to classes, children and youth attend the first 15 minutes of the Sunday service, which allows them to enjoy stories, songs, and time with the larger community. About once a month children and youth join their families during the whole service for all ages worship, a special time for the entire community to learn, share, and be together. Often these services are centered around a holiday or ceremony, with opportunities for children and youth participation.
Indoor & outdoor classrooms
Our new church building is fully accessible and offers modern amenities. The building is surrounded by several acres of woods, gardens, trails, and outdoor play spaces. This natural environment provides a wonderful venue for classroom lessons, as well as a relaxing place for your family to explore before or after services.
Classes & registration
Fall classes for 2017 will begin in October when we move into our new building, but participants can join class at any point in the year. Class registration is required each year, and registration forms are available in Realm or in the religious education classrooms each Sunday. Visitors are welcome to try out a class before completing a registration.
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a 25-session sexual education program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, OWL provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. We offer OWL every other year for youth in grades 7-9.
Nursery/childcare (Ages 0-3)
Childcare for ages 0-3 is available during our Sunday services, and the nursery opens 10 minutes prior to the service start time. You are welcome to stay in the nursery to help your child feel comfortable, and we encourage you to bring any special items that may ease the transition.
Additional events & opportunities
Families & caregivers
We believe that a child’s primary religious educators are their family and caregivers. You provide everyday explanations and guidance, model your values and beliefs, and demonstrate a way of living that children notice and emulate. To help in this important work, we provide families and caregivers with learning opportunities and events that allow you to connect with other families and the wider congregation.
Beyond our Sunday morning religious education classes, we offer many ways for youth to become active members of the congregation and wider community. In recent years youth have sung in the choir, worked in the nursery, taught religious education classes, helped with fundraising events, and taken part in social justice projects locally and abroad.
If you have questions about any of our programs for children and youth, please contact the Director of Lifespan Religious Education.