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Children

Registration

Registration for fall 2014 classes is now available! Register today!

E-mail our Director of Children and Family Ministry, Melissa at melissa@firstuusandiego.org for more information.

Worship is a central part of our Sunday morning experience. Children are welcome and expected to attend the first part of the service which includes the invocation, chalice lighting and opening hymn. Special elements of worship that are meaningful to children are planned for this early part of the service. Each week, the children are invited to come up on the chancel and lead the congregation in the words and motions of our Children's Affirmation:

"We are a People of
Open Minds,
Loving Hearts,
And
Welcome Hands."

After the children's affirmation, the children leave the Meeting House to meet with their religious education teachers on the church patio. The children then have their classes filled with activities, programs, music, art, craft, and sometimes food. Parents pick up the children at the end of the children's program, after worship service.

The Children's Program is designed for children from birth through Sixth Grade. For more information, please call the Director of Children and Family Ministry at (619) 398-4438.

Children and Family Ministry Happenings Newsletter

This is the regular newsletter that delivers information about the Children and Family Ministries at The First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego right to your inbox! Stay up-to-date on what's going on in Sunday Children's RE,parenting groups, family events and so much more!

To Nurture and Stimulate

Joyful park sceneThe Mission of the Children's Ministry Program is to nurture and stimulate our children's spiritual and personal growth and to teach and model the values that hold us together as Unitarian Universalists. 

Classes are taught by members of the congregation. Some of our teachers are parents of children in the program, many are not. All classes, except the nursery, follow a curriculum. In all of our classes we strive to make our children feel loved and accepted. We believe that all children are worthy human beings deserving our respect.

This year during our 9:30 service, the Two and Three Year-olds will again be using an adapted version of Celebrating Me and My World as they explore themselves and the world around them. At both 9:30 and 11:30, our Primary Children (age four through First Grade) will be exploring Unitarian Universalist identity through contemporary children's literature in Picture Book UU. Our uppder grade children (Second through 6th Grades) will be using two different curricula, 7 Principles Banners (an art based class) and Values Through Game Playing (an activity based class). Our goal is to engage children in age appropriate ways to explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and how we act on our values to help heal the world.

A special word to our parents

The following information will help you and your children to take the best advantage of the programs we offer:

  • Register your children. Our Religious Education database keeps us up-to-date on who is attending and allows us to communicate with families directly.
  • Attend regularly. Our children really want to be here with their friends. Coming regularly helps them connect with the other children and develop friendships. It also helps to put the individual lessons in context and they become more meaningful.
  • Educate yourself as a Unitarian Universalist parent. Parents need to be the primary religious educators of their children. Take the time to learn more about our faith tradition through reading, adult education classes, small groups, and discussions. 
  • Make time in your lives for your child to attend the extracurricular and special events of the program and church. These less structured times are wonderful for making friends, building community, and developing a sense of Unitarian Universalist identity.

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