Children, Birth through Grade 9
Enjoying the Service with a Baby
If you have a 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. Children over 2 must wear masks.
For children not yet in Kindergarten, we have a fun program called “Picture Book”. Each week the children will be read a story that highlights one of the Unitarian Universalist 7 Principles, and then do an activity related to it. A small snack will be offered, as well as play time in the room and outdoors if weather permits. Children must be masked while indoors and be vaccinated or at least stated in the process with one vaccination. In the Fall this class will meet in the Toddler Room.
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
For our Kindergarten through 2nd grade children, we will begin this Fall using a UUA Tapestry publication called “Creating Home”. This is a quote from the introduction:
“You are about to take a journey. It is a journey you take alone and in community — a journey of inward reflections and outward actions of faith. A Unitarian Universalist journey, open to stories and beliefs from different lands and people. It is a journey from home. It is a journey to home. Welcome home.”
Children will be offered a snack each week. They must wear masks and be vaccinated, or at least started in the process with one vaccination.
Quiet Heart 3rd – 6th Grade
Our 3rd-6th graders will be using the EUUC created program called Quiet Heart for 8-10 sessions this fall. It is a fun, outdoors-only exploration of nature and ways to appreciate it (Our 7th Principle). It’s full of games and activities that are done out-of-doors on our beautiful church grounds. Children will be offered a snack each week. They must wear masks and be vaccinated or at least started in the process with one vaccination. Because most of the activities will be outside no matter the weather, children will need to be dressed appropriately.
Age of Reason 2nd – 4th Grade
In March 2023 we will offer The Age of Reason program, designed to provide a formal Rite of Passage to honor our children’s religious growth and to foster their identity of being embraced by our church community as young Unitarian Universalists. The program is for children who are age 7 to 9. Children will need to be masked and vaccinated.
OWL 7th – 9th Grade
Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach (PDF), Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. This class will be offered in the late Fall and Winter.
Contact our Faith Development Coordinator
We are observing the following COVID precautions when gathering inside the building.