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Children's Ministry and Religious Education


The 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.

Summer 2019 Religious Education Programming

Hillcrest Campus 

9:30 Religious Education

  • Chalice Children (Preschool) - Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share.
  • Wonderful Welcome (Grades K & 1) - In this program, children identify intangible gifts central to Unitarian Universalism such as friendship, hospitality and fairness, and share these gifts with others.
  • Moral Compass (Grades 2 & 3) - Provides children with spiritual and ethical tools to make choices and take actions that reflect their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.
  • Toolbox of Faith (Grades 4 & 5) - Invites participants to reflect on qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage and love, as tools they can use in living their lives.

11:30 Religious Education: There are no classes offered during the 11:30 Service but childcare is available in Room 105.  You can reach room 105 by going through the iron gate at the top of the ramp that leads from the lower patio to the upper patio.

Childcare: Childcare is offered during both services on Sunday for children up to age 12. 

South Bay Campus

9:30 Religious Education: We offer one Religious Education class during the 9:30 service: Love Will Guide Us.  In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask: questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?" "What happens when you die?" Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.

Logistics: After the Time for All Ages and Affirmation, the children will be dismissed to class with their teachers.  Adults may pick up their children when service has concluded.

We welcome your whole family

For more info on our family and parenting programs visit our Family Ministry page.

Who to contact

Kathleen Swift
Director of Family and Lifespan Ministries
(619) 398-4438

Tony Bianca
Program Assistant, Children's Choir and Handbell Programs Director
(619) 398-4444

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