Faith Development for Children
Our Faith Development program provides children and youth with a welcoming space and loving community; learning experiences through mind, heart, and hands; and the opportunity to create positive change in the world through social action. Children learn to accept others despite their differences, while exploring our Unitarian Universalist faith and a variety of religious and spiritual practices.
Faith formation involves the whole congregation. Intergenerational experiences are an integral part of our program, including Services for All Ages, Stories for all Ages, Mystery Match, and many opportunities to share in worship and the life of the church.
Our school year for children in Preschool through Grade Eight runs every Sunday, from September to mid-June.
Worship for Children
Each Sunday, the children's morning begins in the sanctuary with the adults of the community. The children remain during the first part of the service and the Time for All Ages. Once a month there is a separate Children’s Worship after this point, led by our Minister of Lifespan Faith Development and other volunteers. On other Sundays, children are welcome to stay in worship with their families, or younger children can leave after the Time for All Ages to play in the nursery (toddlers through preschool) or participate in children’s activities (age 12 and under) led by volunteers from the congregation.
Several times a year we provide a Service for All Ages. These services are fully intergenerational, and are designed to be engaging and meaningful for all ages, with lots of music and interaction.
Each spring, our children choose a nonprofit agency whose work aligns with our congregational mission and goals to support in the following year. For 2016-17, a tied vote led them to decide to support New American Africans to support refugee and immigrant families, and the Silk Farm Audubon Society to support environmental education and protection in keeping with our Seventh Principle, respect for the interdependent web of all existence.