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Children

Registration

Register your children today with our online form.

Worship 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. Special elements of worship that are meaningful to children are planned for this early part of the service. Each week, the children are invited to come up on the chanel 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. The children then have their classes filled with activities, programs, music, art, craft, and sometimes food. Parents pick up the children at the end of the children's program, after worship service.

The Children's Program is designed for children from birth through Sixth Grade. For more information, please call the Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry at (619) 398-4438.

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.

This year during our 9:30 service, the Two and Three Year-olds will again be using an adapted version of Celebrating Me and My World as they explore themselves and the world around them. At both 9:30 and 11:30, our Primary Children (age four through First Grade) will be exploring Unitarian Universalist identity through contemporary children's literature in Picture Book UU. Our uppder grade children (Second through 6th Grades) will be using two different curricula, 7 Principles Banners (an art based class) and Values Through Game Playing (an activity based class). Our goal is to engage children in age appropriate ways to explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and how we act on our values to help heal the world.

A special word to our parents

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

  • Register your children. Our Religious Education database keeps us up-to-date on who is attending and allows us to communicate with families directly.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

Religious Education Survey Results

Religious Education Parental Advisory Committee Survey Results - Posted on July 23, 2014 

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Children's Religious Education (RE) survey from the Parents Advisory Board. The survey is helpful to us in understanding what you value and how RE might best serve you and your family.  We had 26 responses, with some helpful suggestions and ideas. 

Brief summary of findings -- there is a lot of support for having children in the meeting house in the beginning of service (21 said they valued this) and for having the voluntary children's affirmation (22).  Twelve respondents liked that snacks were provided for the younger children in their classes. 

Activities in class -- both games/physical activities and arts and crafts were popular.  Twenty respondents ranked games a 4 or 5 (on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest) and 21 ranked arts and crafts a 4 or 5.  A few expressed a strong preference for one over the other (evenly).  It appears the message is to incorporate both into lessons, possibly alternating or just making sure there is a balance overall.  Discussion ranked lower -- but the discussion is where the activities are linked to the lesson or value, and therefore indispensable!  We may look into how we might help leaders facilitate discussions.

Overall, people liked the curriculum for their children's classes. 

Some expressed a wish that there be more family activities and interactions amongst parents.  Children having friends in the program is important to encouraging attendance.  We will share this information with the new Family ministries director.  Many expressed that their children very much enjoyed RE and that they are thankful to the teachers --and how much they will miss Liz Jones upon her retirement.

Our wonderful Nursery caretaker, Rosalie Riedel, won the movie pack drawing!  Her boys, Tony and Alex, are in the 7-12 RE program.