Here at First Unitarian we welcome every child to learn and grow in an environment that acknowledges age-appropriate learning, recognizes individual styles and needs, and celebrates spirituality. We strive to provide an environment that is safe, nurturing, and fun. More about our philosophy.
Children begin their day with us in the sanctuary for the 10am service. They stay for the first 10-15 minutes of service with their families before heading to class with their teachers. This allows them to make connections to what the rest of the congregation is all about.
First-time visitors: Do please ask to see the director of religious education, Beth Moss, who will happy to show you around and get your children registered to attend classes.
Children ages 5 and younger who are not yet in school are welcome to stay with their parents in services or visit our nursery.
Chalice Children (Grade K–2) Pennington Center rooms 1 and 2
This age group begins the year with Creating Home. This program helps children grow in their sense of belonging in their faith and in our faith community. Join this early elementary group as they learn their faith home is not just a beautiful place to look at but a beautiful place to be together.
Seekers (Grade 3-5) Pennington Center room 3
Upper elementary youth, do you LOVE Harry Potter? How could this wonderful literary series possibly connect to UU faith? Show up and find out with Harry Potter and UU. This curriculum spans the church year.
Junior Youth (Grade 6-9) Junior Youth room
In D’Oh God, The Simpsons has a surprising amount to offer grade 6-9 youth when it comes to discussing life and big religious questions. What is prayer for? Is there value in going to church? Do we have souls? Each week, youth watch a selected episode and are led in discussions that help them formulate their own answers to these big whats and whys.
High School Youth
High school youth may participate in an eclectic mix of youth-driven activities including religious education curriculum, talking circles, youth-led worship development, and fun social activities. Youth social hour may be scheduled after church services depending on wants and needs. Keep an eye on parent e-mails and announcements for special events.
Youth of all ages also engage with hands-on service activities during Social Justice Sundays.
We are also pleased to offer OWL for grades 7-9 this year. Our Whole Lives is a non-religious curriculum that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. Age-appropriate information is taught from six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, society and culture. Classes will be held every other Sunday after church starting in October. Pre-registration and parent orientation is required.
Please contact Beth Moss, Director of Religious Education if you are interested in learning more.
Most curriculum description information courtesy of UUA.org. Visit the website to find out more!