Children (preschool-8th grade)
We offer religious education program for kindergarten through high school. Our programs build relationships through being in community and getting to know one another. By sharing, listening and working together we hope to deepen our relationships and strengthen our spiritual connection to our own community and that of the larger world.
Children & Youth
We create a desire for life-long learning in our children and youth through a search for truth and meaning in their lives. By working and learning together, by sharing feelings and ideas, we build community and develop spiritual beliefs and practices.
Parents and other congregation members lead class lessons, mentor, help with class trips and, in a variety of ways, enhance the learning experiences of the children. Special Youth Advisors work with the 9th through 12th graders.
Children and youth begin worship with the entire congregation in our Sanctuary, Channing Hall. After the presentation of the Story for All Ages, they accompany teachers and leaders to their class rooms where mixed age groups gather for lessons and activities.
Nursery Care is available for children from 6 months to 2 years. Our caregivers are paid professionals and are screened for safety. We encourage parents to assist as needed.
Pre-K: Chalice Children – ages 3-5. Pre-kindergarten children enjoy stories, songs and playtime and begin to build a faith circle of friends. The concentration is on building community with our friends, families and world around us.
Grades 1-2-3 Pathfinders. Early elementary grades use the Moral Tales and Faithful Journeys curricula. These story and activity-based programs develop ethical conduct and the beliefs and values of the Unitarian Universalist faith.
Grades 4-5 Wisdom Seekers reflect on qualities of faith – integrity, courage, love. Children explore living out our faith in covenanted community as they search for truth and meaning and build a more peaceful world. Our curriculum is Toolbox of Faith.
Grades 6/7 Faith Explorers use the Building Bridges program and learn how others practice their faiths around the world. Children visit other faith communities. They compare and reflect on how we are alike and different in our search for truth, meaning and spirituality.
8th Grade – Two Programs
- Our Whole Lives is a program about human sexuality and personal values. Trained leaders work with youth in a welcoming and safe environment as they explore ideas about human sexuality that can dismantle stereotypes and assumptions, improve decision-making, build self-acceptance and foster healthy relationships.
- Coming of Age focuses on personal spiritual development. It includes working with mentors, special projects, and social action activities. Each youth creates a personal statement of belief to share with the congregation on the annual Religious Education Sunday. High School Youth Group is a safe and welcoming environment for youth in 9th through 12th grade. Teens explore their values and engage with one another in sharing ideas and taking action.