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
Grade School Programs: Scriptures’ Stories and Myths
For the 2019-2020 congregational year, our grade school program will be teaching on the stories and myths of Hebrew and Christian scriptures. This curriculum seeks to familiarize kids with these ancient tales through age appropriate activities and retellings, with the goal of helping them understand, from a UU perspective, the ways these stories shape the beliefs and values of wider culture.
Every class Sunday, our three age groups will explore one of the myths of the scriptures, each learning the same story through their own adapted version of the UUA curriculum “Timeless Themes.”
Pre-K through 1st Grade
In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children will gently learn the stories of scripture through children’s storybooks, guided discussions, and explorative play. Children in this class should be capable of toileting on their own and be able to participate in circle time and other group activities.
2nd through 4th Grade
Through guided actives and engaging discussion, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will learn about the stories of these scriptures in a gentle and loving environment. Taking most directly from the “Timeless Themes” curriculum, there’s always some exciting going on in this classroom.
Teachers: Zoe Cole and Karen Keenan
5th and 6th Grade
Our oldest grade school group will be diving deep into the stories of scripture, with art, theater, science, storytelling, and spiritual exploration, all in a supportive peer community. This hands-on, freeform program gives kids the freedom to explore the themes and questions these stories raise on their own terms.
Teacher: Quinn Kuroiwa
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.