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Children's Faith Formation

At home, you give your children the tools they need to seek answers, nourish their spirits, and build the world they dream about.

At UUCR, we want that, too. Family Faith Formation is designed to nurture the awakening of young persons' minds, hearts, and souls, deepen their compassion, and help them live our Unitarian Universalist faith. 

Please register your child/youth to help us serve you better.


About our Children and Youth Programs

 

Faith Formation grows along with your children. Each year, children are given even more independence, responsibility, intellectual challenge, creative opportunity, and ownership of their spiritual experience.

From the moment they enter our nursery, young children are encouraged to question, explore, connect, and grow their self-identity. In the upper elementary years, children explore answers to the big questions about life and death, spirit and God, ethical decisions, and respecting the experiences of others.

Our adult volunteers adhere to our safety guidelines to keep our children safe and supported by this caring community.


Children's Participation in Worship

First Fifteen- Most Sundays, children spend the "First Fifteen" minutes in the Sanctuary with their families for the multigenerational portion of the worship service, after which they follow volunteers to their classrooms.  

Chalice Chapel-The other Sunday of the month, children and youth have their own Chalice Chapel worship service in our Founders Hall, a large common room which was previously our sanctuary. 

Intergenerational Worship Services- Several times throughout the year, the whole congregation of all ages celebrates worship together. These services include our Ingathering Water Ceremony, Thanksgiving Service, the Holiday Pageant,  Christmas Eve services, and Flower Communion.  


Sunday School Program 

Nursery from 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.:  Infant to 3 years old - Loving childcare is provided by professional, paid providers for the youngest members of our community.  We strive to create a rich environment which includes art, imaginative play in our play house area, other independent play choices such as blocks and games, and story times with our providers.

Children’s Classes are offered during both services, though with a different format for programming at 9:00 AM than 11:15 AM.

All of our programming is designed to be developmentally appropriate to the ages of participants and to engage children through many learning modalities; such as movement, story, art, and hands-on making projects.

9: 00 AM Program             "Faith Explorers"

Faith Explorers is a theme-based children’s faith formation experience for ages 5-10 years old. In this program, we encourage each participant to seek, create, explore, act and practice the themes of our faith community. 

Each Sunday begins with an opening story and/or activity to introduce the theme. Children are then invited to choose from a variety of materials and options, working either individually or collaboratively. The multiage format allows for individual expressions of meaning-making, learning through creativity, invention and play. We incorporate the arts and music in the variety of programming choices. Designed for all children, this format is an especially good fit for independent learners, creative minds, and those who thrive in smaller groups. 

 

11:15 AM Classes

Prek/Kindergarten Chalice Children This class strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share.  Children enjoy beautiful picture books, songs, games and art activities.

Grades 1-3   Moral Tales  As the name implies, Moral Tales teaches universal moral concepts through wisdom stories drawn from many traditions. Through story, discussion, games, art and movement, children develop spiritual and ethical tools to make good choices in a complex world.  
 

Grades 4 -6 Bibleodeon   Children explore the stories of the Hebrew and Christian bibles through drama and fun activities. This is no "boring" bible study! Our Bibleodeon students have fun and stay engaged through drama, games and debates.

 

Middle Hour Youth Classes

Grades 7 & 8 Coming of Age

Grades 9 -12   Senior High Youth Group

 

Youth Education & Enrichment

 

More Questions?  

Contact our Director of Religious Education, Carla Miller, cmiller@uucr.org or 301-762-7666 x 3 to learn more about UUCR's religious education program.

Check out Between Sundays, a project of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, for tips and resources to help answer your children's religious questions, especially those about Unitarian Universalism.

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