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Registration for 2015-2016 will be available by the end of August.

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

To Nurture and Stimulate

 

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.

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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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.

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. Head to the Meeting House for the service. 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 a People of
Open Minds,
Loving Hearts,
And
Welcome Hands."

4. After the children's affirmation, the children leave the Meeting House to meet with their religious education teachers on the church patio.

5. After signing in theri 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.

Summer 2015 Children's Religious Education Offerings

Summer Children's Religious Education classes run June 7th-August 30th 

10:00am Classes

An Eric Carle summer. (preK-1st grade)

Kids will journey through life cycles with the tiny seed and the hungry caterpillar, discover how bugs can be helpful with the grouchy lady bug and grow with a whole cast of colorful characters. Based on the popular books by author Eric Carle, this curriculum connects story, art, and action in a summer long exploration of our seventh principle.

Gardens and Games! (2-6th grade)

In these fun and dynamic classes, kids 2-6th grade take the lead in completing hands-on projects as they create an edible children’s garden. We will use games and gardening to connect our UU principles to the food we eat, the water we use, and how we care for the Earth. Through building garden beds and worm composting bins to planting and tending seeds and plants kids will gain skills they can take home and confidence that their everyday actions can make a big difference in our world.

 

Nursery

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..

 

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.

General Information

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

Children and Family Ministry Calendar First UU San Diego