Children 

Unitarian Universalism welcomes children not only for who they will become in the future but for all that they offer right now.

The Religious Exploration (RE) program at UUFF provides a safe, loving, and fun community for our children to learn about our Unitarian Universalist principles, history, and teachings, as well as those of other religions. RE classes are offered from September to May for children ages 6 to 13 during the Sunday morning service, and childcare is available for 2- to 5-year-olds. There is no fee for RE classes or Sunday morning childcare, however parents are asked to fill out a registration form.

At UUFF children learn to search for their own truth in the company of others, to seek peace and justice in the world, and to engage their whole selves—mind and body, heart and soul—in creating a meaningful life journey. In addition to learning about our UU heritage, children learn about the Bible and our Judeo-Christian heritage, about other major world religions, and about living ethically and with compassion. Check out the Children’s version of our UU Principles. We take advantage of the rich Unitarian Universalist curricula available for preschool through adult, as well as designing our own lessons on occasion.

If you are interested in more information about our religious exploration program for children and youth please contact us or download a brochure.

RE for Elementary Ages (K-6) 

Children in grades K to 6th join their parents in the sanctuary for the beginning of the service, and then depart as a group with their teachers right after the Children’s Story, usually about 10 minutes into the service. UUFFs Director of RE provides the curriculum and lesson plans for our volunteer teachers who are active members of the fellowship.

Toddlers and Preschoolers (Ages 2 to 5) 

The younger children are invited to join a short class and play time in the Beatrix Potter Room or stay with their parents during the service. Like the older children, our preschoolers always start the morning in the sanctuary with their families and are escorted to their classroom after the Children’s Story. For infants and young toddlers who wish to stay with a parent during the service, there is a soundproof room at the back of the sanctuary so parents can see and hear the service without worrying that a fussy or active child will disturb others.

Middle and High School Students 

Our YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) group is open to both middle and high school students. YRUU members typically attend the 10:30 am worship service on Sunday mornings or serve as paid caregivers for the toddlers and preschoolders. In the past they have then met as a group after service for meaningful discussions and to plan field trips and social action projects. Our YRUU program is currently on hiatus due to low numbers. Interested teens can find out more about the national YRUU scene on Facebook.

A Note about the Names of our RE Classrooms 

Each of our RE classrooms is named after a famous Unitarian Universalist:

  • Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) was the author of Peter Rabbit and other
    children’s stories.
  • P.T. Barnum (1810-1891) was a well-known showman, owner of the
    Barnum and Bailey Circus, and a founder of Tufts University.
  • Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was a writer and author of several books.

Find out what other famous people have been Unitarian Universalists

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