Children are a vibrant part of the life of our church. They begin most Sunday mornings in the sanctuary before being sung downstairs and into their groups.

Several times a year we worship all together during multigenerational services.  And a few times a year school-aged children come together to explore a theme through circle worship and activities.

Religious Exploration (RE) programs for children run on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to about 11:45 a.m. Parents and guardians are invited to spend time in fellowship with others, while groups finish their morning plans.  Please enjoy visiting upstairs until 11:45 a.m.

We also provide childcare until 1:00 to make it easy for parents to volunteer or attend after-church discussions or meetings. We ask that you connect with your child after RE, help them get a snack (or provide a lunch), then take them to childcare. NEW this year: childcare will be provided beginning at 9:15 a.m. on Choir Sundays.

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In 2008 the congregation created a Vision Statement for Religious Exploration for all ages, which guides our programs.  

Click through for details about this year's plans.

 

Acorns (babies to 3 years old)

Our staff of Childcare Providers offer care during Sunday Services. Children in the Acorn room may play, climb, create, hear stories, and more.

Parents are welcome to stay as long as needed for their child’s comfort.  Children are also welcome in the service.  Of course, young ones are still learning how to speak softly so, for your comfort and those who have impaired hearing, we provide a family space in our foyer, where the service may still be heard, and children may move, play quietly, or snuggle.

 

Wonderers (3-5 years old)

Chalice Children

A well-loved introduction to church and our faith community, this program focuses on love; our covenantal community; our celebration of diversity; a personal sense of wonder and awe; and our hope and work for a better world.

 

Explorers (6-8 years old)

Holidays and Holy Days & Our Whole Lives (OWL)

As UUs, we draw from different sources for inspiration and guidance, one of which is: wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. A revised version of a beloved curriculum, Holidays and Holy Days introduces children to a variety of world religions through a holiday celebration, or “party”. Decorations, colours, lights, songs, foods, festivity, excitement, solemnity, ceremony, and ritual - it is from these elements that traditions are woven, that memories, beliefs, and reverence are transmitted.

In February, Our Whole Lives sexuality education will introduce these young children to diverse types of families and the many ways children may come to be part of a family. Both the Explorers and the Adventurers are doing the same two curricula, but in their own age groups.

 

Adventurers (8-10 years old)

Holidays and Holy Days & Our Whole Lives (OWL)

As UUs, we draw from different sources for inspiration and guidance, one of which is: wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. A revised version of a beloved curriculum, Holidays and Holy Days introduces children to a variety of world religions through a holiday celebration, or “party”. Decorations, colours, lights, songs, foods, festivity, excitement, solemnity, ceremony, and ritual - it is from these elements that traditions are woven, that memories, beliefs, and reverence are transmitted.

In January, Our Whole Lives sexuality education will introduce the older children to topics such as gender, body image, consent, media literacy, and body changes. One difference between Our Whole Lives and the Health class children may get in the school system, is a focus on identifying their own values, and developing tools to embody them in all their relationships. Both the Explorers and the Adventurers are doing the same two curricula, but in their own age groups.

 

Seekers (11-12 years old)

Love Connects Us

This program uses our congregational affirmation ("Love is the spirit of this church...") as a thematic framework, exploring concepts of love, service, peace, seeking truth, and helping one another. What can we learn from our UU ancestors, and how can we express these themes in our lives and in community? 

 

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Click here to sign up, or chat with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Lifespan Faith Development, if you have questions.  A Child Abuse Registry check and signed Code of Ethics will be required.