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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.

2018-2019 Children's Religious Education Programs

We offer a wide range of learning opportunities and classes to fit your family's needs. Our fall Children's and Multigenerational Religious Education offerings are listed below.  

9:30am Hillcrest Campus 

Chalice Children (3 & 4 y/o)

Treasure Hunting (5 & 6 y/o)

SUUper Heroes (7+ y/o)  - explore our UU values and principles through the lens of comic book super heroes.

"The Lab" (ages 7&up) in Jan, we'll be focusing on "Contemplation.  See the link to the right for a peek at the options for students in The Lab.


For a general overview of the options available to you and your children on Sundays, and how to go about choosing the best option for your child, check out these videos: 


 11:30 am Hillcrest Campus

Childcare (birth through 12 years old) is offered during both services on Sunday.

For more information about our Our Whole Lives ("OWL") Human Sexuality classes, follow this link:OWL

Where do I go on Sunday?

Southbay:

Head directly into the service with your whole family! Children will be invited to leave with their teachers to the Religious Education classroom 2 Sundays a month.

 

Hillcrest: 

1. Begin your morning by checking in at the welcome table to get oriented. Feel free to ask for a tour of our campus and classrooms.

2. Stop by the Patio to sign in for Religious Education. Find the sign-in sheet for your child(ren)'s class and sign them in. This will allow them to exit the Meeting House to find their teachers without disrupting your service experience. If you have questions about which class your child should attend--just ask!

3. Head to the Meeting House for the service as a family. If you have a child 3 or under, you may choose to go directly to their classroom or the nursery before heading to service (though they are welcome to go with you!).

3. Worshiping as a community 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.  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 Unitarian Universalist, a people of 

Open Minds, 

Loving Hearts, 

And Welcome Hands."


 "Somos Unitarios Universalistas, personas de 

Mentes abiertas,

 Corazones amorosos, 

Y manos que dan la bienvenida.”


 4. After the children's affirmation, the 
children leave the Meeting House to meet with their religious education teachers on the church patio. If you have already signed them in, you may choose whether or not you would like to accompany your child(ren) to meet the teachers. 

5. After signing in their child(ren), parents may then return to the Meeting House for the remaining service or attend class with their child(ren).

6. Parents sign out the children at the end of the children's program, after worship service from their classrooms.

We welcome your whole family

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

Who to contact

Tony Bianca
Interim R.E. Coordinator, Children's Choir and Handbell Programs Director
(619) 398-4444 tony@firstuusandiego.org

Files & Links

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!