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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.

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

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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.

Fall 2014 Sunday Children's Religious Education Offerings

9:30 Program Hillcrest

Nursery:
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.

Wonderful Welcome
4 years-old - First Grade  
How and why do we welcome others into our lives and community? What are the gifts we have as Unitarian Universalists that help us create caring and just communities? Children in this class will use wondering, play and activities to explore gifts like friendship, forgiveness and family.

Moral Tales
2nd through 4th grade  
Tales of adventure, tales of mystery, tales of wonder. This story-based class will engage the imagination as children journey through an exploration what it means to make moral choices in our complex world. Children and their families will have the opportunity to connect what they do in class to social justice opportunities in the congregation and community.

Amazing Grace
5th & 6th Grade 
This upper-level class allows for our older kids to go deeper into what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist while wrestling with questions of right and wrong, good and bad. This class utilizes a combination of discussion and hands-on activities.

11:30 Program Hillcrest

Nursery/Childcare:
Infants through Age Three 
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.

Wonderful Welcome
4 years-old - First Grade
How and why do we welcome others into our lives and community? What are the gifts we have as Unitarian Universalists that help us create caring and just communities? Children in this class will use wondering, play and activities to explore gifts like friendship, forgiveness and family.

Moral Tales
2nd through 6th grade
Tales of adventure, tales of mystery, tales of wonder. This story-based class will engage the imagination as children journey through an exploration what it means to make moral choices in our complex world. Children and their families will have the opportunity to connect what they do in class to wider social justice opportunities in the congregation and community.

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.

 

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.