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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

 

Kindergarten/ First Grade Wonderful Welcome   Children will open the "wonder box" each week to identify intangible, invisible gifts central to Unitarian Universalism and to many faith                       traditions;  such as love, family, friendship, hospitality and fairness; and share these gifts with others. This is a Tapestry of Faith curriculum available online at uua.org.

 

 

 

 

Grades 2/3 Fall & Spring: World of Wonder      We will begin the fall, and end the spring enjoying this nature-based curriculum which delves deeply into our interconnection with the web of life and engages children in the Sense of Wonder that is our first UU Source.
Winter: Picture Book World Religions In the winter months we will cozy up with beautiful books to explore diverse faith traditions through stories, art and activities
 
Grades 4/5 Fall: Sources of Our Faith This class will journey through the six sources of Unitarian Universalist to better understand their meaning through games, story, readings and art, with an empahsis on cooperative activities. Each child will also keep a journal in which to write and draw the concepts of each source to which they relate most.
Spring: Mythology Children join heroes and heroines of many cultures on the search for Goodness and Truth, through the stages of life’s journey,
from birth to death, and into immortality.

 


Our Whole Lives (OWL)   THIS YEAR   We will offer the Grades 4/5 OWL class, beginning with a Parent Information session on January 12th, and running through March 29th,  we will offer OWL for 4th/5th  graders, from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM on Sundays.

 OWL is grounded in a holistic view of sexuality to:

  • Provide facts about anatomy and human development
  • Help you clarify your values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality
  • Empower you to make informed and responsible decisions about your sexual health and behavior 

The OWL curriculum is developmentally appropriate to each age group, and based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, developed by a national task force of experts in adolescent development, health care, and education. 

If you are interested in joining this OWL class, please contact Carla Miller, DRE, cmiller@uucr.org 

 

 

Middle and High School Youth Classes meet during Middle Hour, 10:00-11:15 and include education, social justice and FUN! activities.

To learn more, please visit our Youth webpage at 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.

  • What do I do next?
  • What do I have to offer the world?  
  • What does Unitarian Universalism (UU) mean to me?

The journey includes a spiritual search for meaning and purpose in life. Our youth programs are designed to nurture the awakening of young persons' hearts and minds as they explore these questions within our UU faith.

Register your youth to help us serve you better.


Sunday Mornings

Sunday School classes, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  (Middle Time)
Classes run during Middle Time, enabling youth to worship with their families and friends or be part of the worship services at 9:00 a.m or 11:15 a.m.

Chalice Chapel
About once a month, you'll have an opportunity to worship with other children and youth during the 1st or 2nd service. Sunday School will be held as normal, during middle time, on these Sundays.

Several times throughout the year, you'll join the rest of the congregation for an entire multigenerational worship service. These services include our Ingathering Water Ceremony, Flower Communion, and, of course, the Holiday Pageant.

Senior High Service

Once a year, the 9th-12th graders design, rehearse, and conduct the Sunday morning worship service for the entire congregation (including a “First Fifteen” for the younger children). It is one of the most heavily attended services of the year.

Register & Volunteer

After your second visit, please register for class. Also, encourage adults in your family to volunteer to help, since the success of our faith formation program relies on them!


Sunday School Program Themes 

 

  • 7th - 8th:Crossing Paths - Crossing Paths
    Middle School youth will explore the world’s many religious paths with field trips to a variety of faith communities. 
    This is one of our most valuable, memorable faith development experiences!
  • 9th - 12th: Going Deeper - Senior High youth will explore the aspects of our "web of youth ministry" through interactive activities, discussion,small group theme-related ministry and service.
  • Having Fun! As a group they also have a lot of FUN! Ropes course, overnights, beach trip, and other outings. This year we will also expand youth programming to county-wide UU Youth gatherings..

Contact our Director of Religious Education, Carla Miller, at cmiller@uucr.org or 301-762-7666 x 3 to learn more.


Our Whole Lives (OWL)

Each year, UUCR offers 

  • One level of Elementary Our Whole Lives (OWL) for  Kindergarten/ 1st graders or 4th/5th graders  
  • One level of Youth OWL for 7th-9th graders or 10th-12th graders. 

OWL is grounded in a holistic view of sexuality to:

  • Provide facts about anatomy and human development
  • Help you clarify your values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality
  • Empower you to make informed and responsible decisions about your sexual health and behavior 

The OWL curriculum is developmentally appropriate to each age group, and based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, developed by a national task force of experts in adolescent development, health care, and education. 

THIS YEAR We are offering the Grades 4/5 OWL class, beginning with a Parent Information session on January 12th, and running through March 29th,  we will offer OWL for 4th/5th  graders, from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM on Sundays.

If you are interested in joining an OWL class, please contact Carla Miller, DRE, cmiller@uucr.org 

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