Child/Youth Learning

Religious education programs include more than classes. On a Sunday you might find the preschoolers singing songs about kindness, the 2nd graders engaging with a story about loss and bereavement, the 5th graders talking with a Muslim couple about Islam, the 7th graders learning about responsibility in a lesson from our progressive sexuality education program, and the high-school youth raising money for the local homeless shelter. Many programs incorporate social justice activities, worship opportunities, service trips, fellowship, and fun. Parents and other members of the congregation often lead classes for both youth and adults. Teaching can be a very fulfilling way to deepen one’s own faith. Children’s religious education programs are typically offered on Sunday mornings, and high school youth and adult programs are usually offered on afternoons or evenings. We invite you to explore these pages and contact our Religious Exploration Coordinator or the church office to get connected.

Nursery Age (Birth to 3 years old)
Our youngest children are cared for in the nursery. The nursery is a warm, accepting atmosphere where infants and toddlers play with nursery attendants and interact with each other. The Nursery opens at 9:30am before service. Parents are welcome to stay in the nursery to help settle their little ones.

The Family Room is another option for families with little ones. The Family Room is at the back of the sanctuary. There are toys and space to spread out in the Family Room while attending the service.

Preschool (3-5 years old)
A preschooler’s spiritual development is related to their own direct experiences. Through dramatic play, creative expression and interactions with others, children come to know their church as a community of people who come together in a sacred place. Our program includes friendship circles, joys and concerns, story, music and theme-based crafts as well as time where children may explore and participate as they choose.

Grade School (K-5th grades)
Religious exploration lessons focus on the UU Principles and Sources. Our lessons include a chalice lighting, shared joys and concerns, stories followed by group conversation and creative expression through art or play activities. This age group may split into two or more classes depending on the age and number of students attending.

Yo-Yo (6th-8th grades)
Young Youth (Yo-Yos) are 6th through 8th grade congregants. For information on programs for this age group, please contact the religious exploration coordinator.

YRUU (9th-12th grades)
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUUs) are 9th through 12th grade congregants. For information on programs for this age group, please contact the religious exploration coordinator.

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