All Elementary Learning groups meet in the Yellow House;

10:00 am Service

Children’s Religious Exploration

Supporting Spiritual Growth at All Ages

Choosing your child’s religious education program is an important decision, just as important as choosing your own religious home. If you are searching for an open and affirming community in which your child can grow in spirit and in love, you have found the right place! This is not your typical Sunday School.

At UUCP we offer age-appropriate sessions that run concurrently with or directly after our worship services. Children attend the first part of our service with their families and then go to classes in the Yellow House, the building directly west of the church.

In our children’s sessions our goal is to offer…

• A safe place for children and youth to wonder, ask questions, and discover their own
unique spiritual nature.
• A focus on personal spiritual growth, open faith exploration and living values in the
larger world.
• A diverse and multi-age community – truly a village to support your family.
• Meaningful, age-appropriate worship for children and youth.
• Exploration of themes such as Unitarian Universalist identity, world religions, Jewish
and Christian heritage and social justice.
• Special events that serve to bring our all-ages community together and enhance the
experience of every child, youth and adult.

To learn more about children’s religious education, please email our Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration, Ginger Allen, with specific questions or concerns you may have.

Prek (age 4*) – First Grade:  Spirit Play

Yellow House Downstairs (Basement)

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 through self-chosen spiritual tasks around the classroom which will include art responses, spirit work such as yoga and creating with blocks, a reading nook, and re-exploring stories.

*We invite children aged 4 (or will be 4 soon into the school year) through first grade as we embark on this new program.  In the winter we will re-evaluate our age grouping and attendance and hopefully invite our three-year-olds into the program.  This will allow the culture of the classroom to be set by our older children and create a more seamless entry for our younger preschoolers.

2nd through 3rd and 4th-8th: Soul Matters

Yellow House Main / Yellow House Upper

Our elementary aged classes embark each month on our church wide theme, exploring such ideas such as hope, courage, intention and balance.  Expect children in this age range to have a quiet moment of reflection, a chance to share their joys and sorrows in life, play games and learn about community, self, and caring for our world.  Topics of the classes also include Unitarian Univeralism, wisdom from the major worlds religions, social justice, and environmentalism.