Celebrating Me and My World (2-3 years old)
Using story, ritual, and play we will celebrate the wondrous qualities of children and the people, animals, and objects around them. The children will have the opportunity to develop self-esteem, experience opportunities to grow in trust and caring, and a sense of being connected with all the world around them. Children in this class may be brought to the classroom by the beginning of the service and should be picked up when the service ends.
World of Wonder (4 y/o+)
This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery through direct experiences with nature and story. From nature walks to recycled art to playing with worms to creating pinwheels for peace these story and activity based classes will delight and inspire all while creating a better understanding of Unitarian Universalist principles in action.
Jedi Academy (7 y/o +)
Inspired by the popular sci-fi stories, this year-long curriculum helps our elementary-aged children learn about Unitarian Universalism as they enter a journey to become Jedi Knights. Using the categories of Skill, Senses, Courage, Insight and Spirit, this class will focus on development of mindfulness, peace and justice. No prior knowledge of Star Wars is required. Participants will be invited to be a part of a Jedi Knighting ceremony in the spring.
We invite our older children to join us as we pilot a new leadership program designed to mentor our children as they create community and learn what it means to live out our Unitarian Universalist principles through leadership. Leadership Academy will meet on the 1st and 2nd Sundays of the month to play games, connect, and explore how to be a leader with their trained mentors. Participants will be a part of choosing social justice projects to work on together throughout the year. On the 3rd and 4th Sunday and 5th Sundays of the month, our young leaders will choose an area of leadership in the congregation such as assisting in other classrooms, participating in leading worship, or serving as a Jr. Religious Education assistant for the day.
In this multi-aged chapel-based class, children will explore the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism through story and self-directed activities. The class will begin with a story focusing on one of the seven principles where the kids will be an active part of telling and playing out the tales. Children will then be invited to choose from a variety of learning stations that allow them to engage the story and principle in a way that best suits them.
Infants through Age 4
Our youngest children will receive tender and loving care in our Nursery, provided by trained, professional caregivers. Children may be signed in before the service begins.
9:30 Program South Bay
All families worship together in our weekly multigenerational services. Each week there will be a story, song, and other interactive elements to engage all ages. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming learning opportunities for children and families at South Bay!
New this year: If you are attending services and Religious Education at the Hillcrest Campus you are strongly encouraged to sign in your child BEFORE entering the Meeting House by stopping by the Children and Family Ministry Table on the Patio at the Hillcrest campus.
Children's Religious Education classes are provided at no cost to families. We ask that all families register in order for us to have the necessary information to meet the learning needs of your child(ren) and have important safety and emergency information.
Not sure which class is best for your child(ren)? Want to join a teaching team or get involved in children's ministry? Contact: Melissa James, Ph.D., Director of Children and Family Ministry, at Melissa@firstuusandiego.org