Welcome families & visitors! The best way to understand our program is through experience. Please read about our program and join us on Sunday morning. Please try to arrive about 15 minutes before the service. Greeters will welcome you and someone will help you and your children find the appropriate rooms. Arriving a bit early allows time to get comfortable, meet the leaders or child care providers, and fill out a visitor registration form. Please let the supervising adult know of any special needs or allergies to best provide a positive experience for your child.
We encourage you to go with your children to their sessions to help them find their way and get comfortable. If you do not arrive early just go with the rest of the children and leaders, let them know you are new, and they will help you find your children's rooms. You are welcome to stay in the session or activity with your child if that is more comfortable for you.
The nursery rooms are equipped for children three and under. It is important that children are safe and well cared for and that their parents are comfortable. Families are encouraged to take the time to help make their children comfortable and inform the child care providers about any anticipated needs. Two child-care providers from the congregation engage and guide the children.
Nursery care is available from 15 minutes before to 15 minutes after the worship service.
Parenting young children is demanding and just getting to church can be a challenge. Ideally, parents should attend the service and be nurtured by it! However, spending time in the child care rooms provides an opportunity to get to know the child care providers, the other children, and see what your child experiences. It's also a chance to meet and talk with other families when they pick-up their children. You are welcome to sit in any time, and after 1 year, you can volunteer and help provide child care for others!
RE Children & Youth Program Overview
All children (PreK-8th) & youth (9-12th) begin their Sunday morning experience in the sanctuary in worship service with their families. Most Sundays, they are "sung out" to their classes after the Message for All Ages (about 15 minutes or so into the regular worship service.)
Religious Exploration classes and activities last 15 minutes after the worship service. Children in 4th grade or younger need to be picked up in their classrooms by their parents/guardians.
After their third visit, families must complete the UCH RE registration form, located along the right side of this page. This helps our DRE monitor attendance, communicate with families, and tailor activities for their children & youth.
2016-17 Children & Youth programs for each campus:
Pre-K-12th - Harry Potter & UU: Although most parents believe social action is important for children, and most children have a natural desire to make the world better, it can be difficult to find meaningful and relevant social action experiences for children & youth.
Harry and UU is based on the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling, books that immerse children in the idea that one can work to make the world better.
The curriculum includes many fun wizarding activities, but the main purpose of the curriculum is social action. The class forms a chapter of Dumbledore’s Army and fights against seven Horcruxes during the year. The Horcruxes are real world social action projects.
PreK-1st - World of Wonder: This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. Time spent experiencing and exploring nature during the kindergarten and first grade years can set a pattern for the rest of children's lives, bringing lasting openness to the wonder nature can spark.
2-4th - Spirit of Adventure: Kids will experience and explore through a curriculum that teaches UU identity without the usual arts and crafts projects. We include activities like dissecting a computer, building cantilevered architecture using graham crackers, interviewing a sports coach, eating smoked oysters, and singing Jingle Bells in “dog” language! There are also circus arts, an Animal Blessing, and a Popcorn Sale. Bring those active busy children in and watch them be amazed!
Middle School: Harry Potter & UU - see description above for Market Street.
Youth Group: TBD - Youth and Advisors will determine a curriculum that fits their goals and interests for this year.
Please feel free to contact Sara Palmer, Director of Religious Exploration through the forms link above with any questions.
Children’s Version of UU Principles
A Child’s Version of the Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles
We, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church, believe that:
all people are important
we should be kind and fair
we should accept other people and help them to grow
we should figure out for ourselves what is true and good
we should do what our consciences tell us is right
people should have a voice and a vote about things that concern them
we should work for peace and freedom everywhere and try to make the world one family
we should take care of the earth which gives us life
In our church we learn from and get our beliefs from many sources:
our own sense of the wonder of life
the Jewish and Christian religions and many other religions from around the world
earth-centered religions which celebrate life and teach us to live in harmony with nature;
knowledge gained by people through science and reason
the lives of people who have worked to make the world a better place
our thoughts and experiences
We are glad we can come together to help and support each other in our efforts to grow and live good lives.
adapted by Rev. Tony Larsen and Ellen Schmidt
In case of an emergency evacuation of the building there is a designated meeting area for RE participants and the adults responsible for them. Teachers will escort the children to this location and take attendance. Teachers will release children and youth to their responsible adult when the adult arrives to the designated area. All adults should let the teachers know when they pick-up their child or teen. Designated church leaders will search the buildings and evacuate anyone remaining.
The brown shed at the lower parking lot.
The designated meeting place is the sidewalk to the left front doors of the church.