Welcome to Families
We welcome you and your family to our religious exploration program for children and youth. We aim to provide our young people with experiences that will help them journey through life with integrity, compassion, hope, and wonder. We accomplish this through:
- exploring the wisdom of many spiritual traditions
- asking questions in an open-minded community
- caring for each other
- offering opportunities for creative expression of spiritual ideas
- understanding that we are each on a life-long path of personal discovery and spiritual growth, of human "becoming"
Our mission is to provide children a foundation based on Unitarian Universalist principles and a community dedicated to providing an environment in which spiritual awareness, tolerance, acceptance, and personal growth are nurtured and developed according to each child’s unique nature. We hope you and your children will join us on our journey.
We offer loving childcare service for babies and young toddlers (usually ages 0-4) on Sunday mornings. Or, if you wish, you are welcome to keep your children with you during the service. The nursery is open 5 minutes before and after each service. Our childcare providers are paid caregivers, who have successfully passed a background check. Under our Safe Church Policy, we require that a minimum of two approved childcare providers are with the children at all times.
It is our policy to provide childcare upon request during church committee meetings, classes, and special events if children are not invited to participate. Please check with the event coordinator in a timely manner so we can ensure adequate childcare will be provided.
Religious Exploration For Children & Youth
Whether you are a long-time Unitarian Universalist, or this is your first step in exploring our faith, we welcome you! Please take some time to explore our site, our fellowship, and how we work to support Unitarian Universalist families, children and youth.
Unitarian Universalism embraces theological diversity, welcoming different beliefs, and we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Our approach to children's religious exploration is to provide an experience-based exploration of various topics, to promote the development of the child's own thoughts and feelings, equipping the child for successful navigation through our complex world. We provide a loving and open-minded environment in which children worship, learn, and build multi-generational community. Our curricula are chosen from the fine materials of the Unitarian Universalist Association, which encourage independent thinking in children and adults.
A Typical Sunday
If you are bringing your child to UUFCO for the first time, please check in at the table in the entry hall just outside the Sophia Fahs Commons 15 minutes before the service, so that we may register your child and identify you as the parent/guardian.
Children and adults gather together in the sanctuary for the 10:30 a.m. service time. During this time we sing, welcome new visitors, hear announcements, and settle into our worship time. Twice a month we have a story for all ages in the sanctuary. Children, youth, and children at heart are welcome to come up to the rug in front. Following the story, we recite our children's covenant. The congregation then stands and those on the aisle form an arch for the children to walk through on their way out of the sanctuary while singing the song "As you go may joy surround you. As you go, go in peace. Know our love is with you always. As you go. As you go."
Once we are in the RE area the children have a small ingathering in the common area before going into the designated classrooms. We share joys and sorrows and welcome new children and youth. After our ingathering we move into our classrooms for the Religious Exploration lessons, divided into K-2, 3-5 and 6-9 grade classrooms. The first Sunday of each month we gather as an all ages community.
Once the service is over, please pick your child up from the RE common area within 15 minutes. If you lose track of time, don't worry, a staff member or RE volunteer will happily walk with your child to find you during coffee hour.