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Registration for fall 2014-2015 classes is now available! Register today!

Children's Ministry Brochure 2014-2015

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

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

After the children's affirmation, the children leave the Meeting House to meet with their religious education teachers on the church patio. Parents sign out the children at the end of the children's program, after worship service.

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!

Children and Family Ministry Blog

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    Please join us for the 2015 Eggstravaganza!  Our Eggstravaganza is this years' version of the annual multigenerational egg decorating party. This year we will have a hybrid of old and new traditions to make up an evening of fun and excitement for all ages.   New this year:  You are asked not to bring eggs to this year’s Eggstravanza.   Read More...

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  • This Week in Children's Ministry, Jan. 25th, 2015

    Sunday, January 25th, 2015 Hillcrest: Childcare is provided for children from birth through age 24 months at our 9:30 service and up through age 4 at our 11:30 service. 9:30am 2 and 3 y/o: Celebrating Me and My World: Our 2 and 3 year olds are invited to join in for a day of play and friendship making in our nursery. There will be no separate class for this week.   Read More...

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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..

Six things you can do to get the most out of Children's RE and Family Ministry at First UU San Diego:

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

  1. Register your child(ren). Our simple registration form provides us with important information that we need to keep your child safe and help create the best possible learning environment for them.
  2. 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.
  3. Join in! Ours is a cooperative ministry which means it takes many different talents. Become a class leader or volunteer, help with special events, gather parents for social and social justice gatherings. . .there are as many ways to engage as there are family members!
  4. 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. 
  5. Connect with the wider congregation! 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.
  6. Stay in the know--be sure to read the weekly church bulletin (The Window) and the regular Children and Family Ministry Happenings newsletter. Sign up via the link on the left.

Winter/Spring 2015 Sunday Children's Religious Education Offerings

9:30 Program Hillcrest


Infants to 24 Months 
Our youngest children will receive tender and loving care in our Nursery, provided by paid, professional caregivers. For safety reasons we ask that these children be signed in and out of class.

Celebrating Me and My World 

2 & 3 y/os  
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.

Love Surrounds Us 

4 to 6 years old 
Beloved community is built on love. In this class, children will participate in story and activity that focuses on the way we feel, give, and receive love in community. Based on the seven principles, this class will build a foundation for a Unitarian Universalist identity while creating lasting friendships.

Spirit of Adventure

7-9 years old 
In this active, fun curriculum, children will begin their class jumping directly into activities and puzzles to solve together. Focusing on themes like science, sports, medicine, and exploring nature children will use hands-on activities and games to learn about themselves, their neighbors and Unitarian Universalism. Each session will end in a Chalice Council which provides an opportunity for leadership development and reflection.

Love Connects Us

10-12 years old
This upper-level class allows for our older kids to go deeper into what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist while practicing building community and living out our values to help heal the world.

11:30 Program Hillcrest


Infants through Age 4 
Our youngest children will receive tender and loving care in our Nursery, provided by paid, professional caregivers. For safety reasons we ask that these children be signed in and out of class..

Chalice Champions 

K through 6th grade

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. Children of all ages become teachers and learners as they play and create together.


5-6th grade leadership opportunities at Hillcrest:

We have a variety of leadership opportunities for our kids in 5th and 6th grade including becoming a trained Youth Volunteer Assistant who assists in the younger classes at 9:30 and Children's Affirmation leaders who lead the congregation in the Children's Affirmation during the 11:30am service. If your child(ren) is/are interested in a leadership role e-mail Melissa.


9:30 Program South Bay

On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, children ages 5-13 will start the morning in the worship service, and after the story will go to class in Suite 101. They will share joys & concerns and discuss the story from worship and how it connects to our UU Principles. On the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month, we will be continuing our multigenerational worship services.



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. Click here to register.


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.