Visiting as a Family
We are glad that you are considering bringing your family to our church. In our programs for kids and youth during our 9am serice, we strive to create community, have fun, and equip ourselves and each other with the spiritual tools we need in our day to day lives. Bellow is some information and a little guide to help you on your first visit with us.
Your First Visit
When you first arrive, we invite you to head to our Welcome Desk, located to the right of the main doors. There, they’ll help make name tags for the adults in your family and check you into our guest registry. After that, head over just a bit to your left to our Families Desk, where we’ll do the same for the kids among you. We can also answer any questions about the children and youth programs, and help figure out what classes the younger ones will be in that morning.
If you have baby who is not yet walking, you are welcome to bring them into worship in our sanctuary, or sit in the Quiet Room (a sound-proofed room at the back of the sanctuary), where your young one can play, nap, or cuddle with you as you watch the service through a large window. Speakers play the audio, so you can hear the sermon and music.
Children who have begun to walk through early 3 year olds are lovingly cared for in our Toddler Room. Our staff provided tender attention, activities, and supervised play in our outdoor Toddler play area. A small snack is also offered. Care is offered until fifteen minutes after the service ends, so that adults can enjoy coffee and conversation in the Narthex before picking up their kids.
Adults must check their kids in at each visit, and are asked to leave a cell phone number so that staff can text you if your child needs a diaper change, help with the toilet, or otherwise is in need of parental attention.
Children (Pre-K though Grade 6)
From September through early June, we offer classes for school age children at our 9a.m. service. Most Sundays the children begin in the main worship service with their families, and then depart to their classes as a group. If it’s a child’s first time, we ask that an adult come with them to their class to check them in. Around once a month, the children and youth all gather together for Chalice Chapel, a multi-age worship time for connecting with UUism and each other. Some Sundays we gather all ages for a Multi-Generational Worship, and children remain with their families for the full service. During the regular church year our classes for children run until 10:15, fifteen minutes after the adult worship ends, giving parents time to enjoy coffee and conversation. Please do not pick kids up early, as the classes need this time to finish their lessons.
During the summer months, we run a more informal drop in program for our children. Ask at the Family Desk for information about the day’s program.
Youth (Grades 7 through 12)
Our High School Youth Group welcomes youth in grades 9-12, and meets during the Sunday morning 11:00 a.m. service, September through June.
For our 7th and 8th graders we alternate each year between Our Whole Lives, or OWL, a sexuality and spiritual course, and Coming of Age, a UU rite of passage program. This church year, 2017 to 2018, we will be running Coming of Age.