Children & Youth Programs
Spiritual & Religious Exploration and activities are open to children of members, friends, and visiting families. We begin in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. to enjoy the Story for All Ages, then, go to the classrooms for lessons and activities
In order to ensure that children and youth are well grounded in many different aspects of our religious traditions, we’ve chosen three basic areas of religious exploration and run on a three year cycle:
- Unitarian Universalist Identity
- World Religions
- Judeo-Christian Heritage, Bible Study
The focus for 2023/2024 is Judeo-Christian Heritage, Bible Study.
Beginner Group (K – 5th Grade)
Older Students Welcome!
Curricula is intended for 6-10 year old children, but can be adapted for those slightly older.
The Beginner Group will enjoy learning classic bible stories through a program entitled “Picture Book Bible Tales”. This curriculum is fun, friendly, and concise with teachable moments that introduce bible tales through the lens of Unitarian Universalism. Children will also explore the historical life of Jesus and his teachings through a Progressive Christian curriculum called “A Joyful Path”. This program is nature-centered, compassionate, and intelligent. This behavior over-belief curriculum is inter-spiritual, heart-centered and non-dogmatic with an emphasis on the teachings of Jesus and how to follow them in today’s world. The goal of spiritual programming is to gently and respectfully introduce good feelings and positive experiences about ideals learned. Giving children the opportunity to think for themselves and explore their own beliefs outweighs the specifics and memorization of any lesson.
See the planned schedule HERE>>
Youth Group (6th – 12th Grade)
Students who are transitioning from the Beginner Group into the Youth Group are encouraged to attend scheduled Sunday morning meetings and continue to help out with the Beginner Group. Sunday morning meetings create peer connections that break the patterns of a school or neighborhood social scene, allowing young teens to build friendships across differences. Resources for programming include: UUA “Coming of Age” handbook, Soul Matters Sharing Circle, Learning for Justice classroom resources, and Progressive Christianity (spiritual networking and resources for an evolving faith)
As Unitarian Universalists, we recognize the transition from youth to young adulthood. Our congregation supports this process by inviting students to participate in Sunday morning services as liturgists, greeters, deacons, song leaders, and musicians. Exciting volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the year and their own community service ideas will be supported.
We follow the rhythm of our youth. Based on their own interests, youth group students will be contacted directly related to scheduling projects, community service, and events.
Child Care is available for toddlers and pre-K children every Sunday from 9:45 – 11:15. Our Child Care provider is a Teacher’s Assistant at RFK Community Alliance (previously Perkins School). She is EEC Certified as a teacher for age groups from infant to pre-K.