Children 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.
All children begin Sunday morning in the sanctuary with their families, and are escorted to classrooms after the Children’s Story concludes. Children and teens are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary for the service if they prefer. There is no fee for RE classes or Sunday morning childcare, however parents are asked to fill out a registration form.
Toddlers and Preschoolers (Ages 2 to 5)
The younger children are invited to join a fun and fabulous teen for play time and community 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. There are also two spaces located in the sanctuary with hands on materials for children to use.
RE for Elementary Ages (K-6)
Children in grades K to 6 join their parents in the sanctuary for the beginning of the service, and then depart on 1st and 3rd Sundays right after the Children’s Story, usually about 10 minutes into the service. UUFF’s Director of RE provides the curriculum and lesson plans for classes based on the theme of the service.
Middle and High School Students
Our YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) group is open to both middle and high school students. 2nd and 4th Sundays our youth group meets to discuss the UU principles and sources in more depth. Classes can include discussion, planning social action projects, and crafts. While our youth group is facilitated by an adult youth are given agency to guide the program.
If you are interested in more information about our religious exploration program for children and youth please contact our Director of Religious Education, Molly Leman, at email@example.com OR download a brochure.