Children are invited and welcome to attend whole-church online worship on Sunday mornings followed, if you’d like, by fellowship in small groups (Zoom break-out rooms). Please visit our Zoom Connections page for the current Zoom invitation.
In Unitarian Universalist tradition, when we dedicate children we celebrate their life, their place in their family, and in the congregation. As a community, we covenant to support the family, and to share our wisdom, counsel, and love as the child grows as one of us.
Children may be dedicated at any age. Those who’ve been dedicated elsewhere and children who have new names and/or would like to be rededicated with their correct gender are welcome.
We have two Child Dedications planned this year: on November 22, 2020 and on April 11, 2021. Please complete this form to take part in either service.
Taking the Power Struggle out of Parenting & Caregiving
Mondays at 7:00 p.m., March 1, 8, and 15, 2021. Please visit the program page to learn more and to register.
Religious Exploration (RE)
We understand that due to pandemic times, parents and families may be both Zoomed-out and in need of connection to their spirits, and to their community. Our goals are to support parents during this challenging time, and offer children and families programming they can do at home and offline, as well as opportunities to connect with each other once a week on Zoom.
POP Videos and Worksheets
POP is a video-based, at-home curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism and designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-5.* Although geared to parents of preschoolers (that’s where “POP” comes from), we feel it will scale up well, and you may find some of the worksheets usable with your older children.
By engaging with POP videos, parents and caregivers will learn to understand their child’s spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see themselves as spiritual teachers.
Each month, you’ll have access to three short videos on the POP theme of the month, and three corresponding worksheets. Work through the month’s videos and worksheet content at your own pace. Click here to be taken to the POP page. You’ll need a password, which will be provided after you register, below. New content will appear on that site on the first of every month.
At the end of the month, gather with local RE families and host Debby Lake on Zoom to check in and share what you’ve learned.
Introduction to September’s POP theme
Monthly Family Packets
Families will receive an RE Packet each month with ideas to connect your family to our monthly church theme, and to offer activities for children to do offline. As we’re able, we’ll invite your family’s participation in a larger project that brings RE families together, in a non-physical way.
Sundays from 10:00 to 10:20 a.m.
These Sunday morning gatherings ended on May 9, 2021. Check back later for information on what we’re doing in the fall.
Bring it all together on Sunday mornings! Children are invited to gather on Zoom for 20 minutes prior to the service each week. There will be some ritual elements to keep them connected to their Unitarian Universalism, and time for our youngest UUs to simply be in community with one another. They can share what they’ve been doing with their packets, or we can follow their lead in another direction.
For risk management, children must be registered in our RE program to attend. You’ll see that we’ve asked for the name that our tech host will see when your child appears in Zoom – the name of your device when you log into Zoom – so we can identify who’s who prior to letting everyone in. (Some people have their names listed, but others are seemingly random, like a nickname, pet’s name, or device type). In addition, we’ll always have at least two adults present in our RE zoom spaces.
* The creator of POP is religious educator Jen Shattuck. When she’s not working on POP, she also runs the Ellery Churchmouse Instagram account, which follows the adventures of one small UU dealing with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.