Children, Birth through Grade 6
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, 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 provide tender attention, age appropriate activities, and supervised play inside and in our outdoor toddler play area. A small snack is also offered. Care is offered until fifteen minutes after the service ends, so that parents can enjoy coffee and conversation in the Narthex before picking up their child. Parents must check children 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. Care provider: Isabella
Preschool- Older 3 year olds to Age 5
Early childhood is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Children in this class should be capable of toileting on their own and be able to participate in circle time and other group activities. Teachers: Alex and Quinn
Kindergarten – Grade 2: Love Surrounds Us
As children enter school age, their questions about the world and their place in it grow more focused. For the 2018-19 year, this class will use the curriculum “Love Surrounds Us” published by the Unitarian Universalist Association. At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community. Teacher: Karen
Grades 3-6: Big Stuff Lab – NEW PROGRAM
We are piloting a new program for our older elementary school group in the 2018-19 year. Big Stuff Lab is art, theater, science, storytelling, and spiritual exploration, all in a supportive peer community. Children will dive deep into the topics of their own choosing, and use various mediums to explore the great religious questions. Each week we find new things in our Creation Station, and let our questions guide us to new explorations. Big Stuff Lab is led by the Rev. Cecilia Kingman and Cass Bunting, Faith Development Assistant, with support from other volunteers.
Chalice Chapel is our worship program for young people. Approximately once a month our students from age 4-12 gather for lively worship together, learning about our Unitarian Universalist faith, values, and history through stories, songs, skits, puppets, and movement. We also share in rituals celebrating the holidays and seasons, including a candlelit Winter Solstice service. Usually led by Rev. Cecilia Kingman, Chalice Chapel allows participants to explore spirituality and build community in an engaging and age-diverse environment.
All Ages Services
In the spirit of inclusivity and multi-generational community, several Sundays a year we worship across the generations, known as All Ages Services. On these Sundays, children stay with their adults for the full worship service in the main sanctuary. These services are tailored to be engaging, worshipful, and fun for participants of all ages. By worshipping with their beloved adults and the wider community, children understand themselves as valued participants in our faith tradition.
In Youth Choir, kids can express their love for music in a fun, communal, and engaging setting. Participants not only learn to harmonize, read music, and sing by ear, but also gain valuable public speaking and performance skills. Youth Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings, and participates in one Sunday service a month. If you have any questions, contact EUUC’s music director, Wil Sederholm.
Child Dedications are special ceremonies in our church services when we welcome new infants and children into our midst. In our Unitarian Universalist tradition, the child is not dedicated to the church. Rather, the church is dedicated to the child. During our Child Dedications we rejoice with the family, honor the commitment of parents and guardians, and pledge our support as a community. These ceremonies are offered throughout the year. If you are interested in having your child dedicated, please contact the Rev. Cecilia Kingman.