Preschool and Elementary School
Children ages prek-8th grade attend the first part of our 10:00 am service and begin classes in the Yellow House after the Time for All Age portion of the service. Classes run until 11:30. High School Youth meet 12-2 in the Yellow House. Nursery care for children aged birth – 4 years old is available from 9:45-11:30 each Sunday.
To learn more about our learning philosophy please see Learning Overview or contact our Director of Family Ministries, Ginger Allen. To sign up for our weekly email newsletter outlining our current plans and upcoming events for children and families go here.
Ages 3-Kindergaren: Meet in Yellow House Basement after the Time for All Ages in the main church service.
Grades 1st-3rd: Meet in Yellow House upper; after the Time for All Ages in the main church service.
Spirit Play is a model of Religious Exploration that invites children to create their own spiritual expressions and reflect on their own understandings of faith, spirit and story.
Drawing inspiration from the Montessori Method, this class centers around hands-on stories that illustrate our values and faith which are followed by open ended ‘wondering questions’ which invite children to express their own thoughts and understandings of the concepts presented. Children then are invited to reflect and explore their own inner wonderings and spirit through self-chosen tasks around the classroom which include art, books, yoga, creating with blocks, a reading nook, literacy, science and math activities and re-exploring stories. Each of our two classrooms are designed to fit the developmental levels of the children attending and are aligned with our Soul Matters Theme.
Grades 4-8th: Crossing Paths
Meet in the Yellow House Main, 10 am service after the Time for All Ages portion of the main service.
This year our youth will explore nine of the worlds diverse faiths through the Crossing Paths program, a reinvention of the popular “Neighboring Faiths” curriculum. Each month will focus on a different faith, exploring the values each share and their uniqueness. Visits to other faith congregations gives youth a meaningful way to experience the faith and gives a chance for inquiry and discovery. Each month is also aligned with our Soul Matters theme giving youth a way to engage with the whole congregation.
Importantly, Crossing Paths is not just about encountering other faith traditions. It is designed to help youth mature as Unitarian Universalists. Along the way, they will be challenged to think theologically, learn distinctive UU spiritual practices and strengthen their relationship with their home church community. This is a journey into the world; it is also a journey back home. It is helping give the gift of identity and community.
Grades 4th-6th Grade OWL
Spring 2019. Location and Dates TBA
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive sex and relationship program that views sexuality as a vital part of our human and spiritual self. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. This program requires a parent orientation and attendance commitment.
In 10one-hour workshops, 4th-6th OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps children understand the physical, emotional and social changes of puberty. Participants explore values, communication, decision making, and the basics of consent as well as physical health and development.