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. And also to meet our Interim Director of Religious Exploration, Dana Regan!
Our Religious Exploration classes are held in between our two services at 10 a.m. Our children go to their designated classrooms for the Religious Exploration lessons, divided into nursery and pre-K, K-2, 3-5 and 6-9 grade classrooms. We share joys and sorrows and welcome new children and youth. There are age appropriate lessons that teach about values, justice, and religious traditions.
During our 9 and 11 a.m. worship services, children and adults gather together in the sanctuary. During the first fifteen minutes, we sing, light the chalice, hear announcements, and settle into our worship time. The Time for All Ages welcomes children and youth to come up to the rug in front to listen and participate. Following the story or reflection, we recite our children's covenant (a statement our kids say to affirm they are loved and to speak to being a kind person). 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 the adults sing a song as they exit. Kids can also go around to the side aisle as well with the Director of Religious Exploration.
After the Time for All Ages, our 3rd grade and younger can go to the Religious Education space for Little Church. 4th grade and older can remain with their family. If your child goes to Little Church, after the service is over, please pick your child up from the RE common area within 15 minutes.