Children & Youth Programs
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- Sunday Morning
- middle school
- high school
- Fall 2020
Our infants and toddlers are lovingly cared for in the nursery room by our dedicated CPR and First Aid certified RE Aides and volunteers from the congregation. Parents are welcome to stay in the nursery if they would like. Parents must sign their children in and out of the Nursery room, and keep their phones on vibrate when they leave.
Not currently offered
- Meeting Times: Sundays during both services
“Neighboring Faith Communities” is a program for 6-8th grade students that is based on making visits to other faith communities near your congregation.
The Sunshine Kids (age 4-grade 2) and Chalice Singers (grades 3-6) rehearse between the two services on selected Sunday mornings.
Not currently offered
Youth Staff R.E. Internships
Youth are invited to apply to serve as assistant R.E. Teachers for our preschool and elementary age groups. The experience is truly emblematic of UU values: covenantal relationships rooted in community and mutual respect. This internship offers youth a chance to practice bringing their UU values into a work environment. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed Coming of Age at ERUUF or another UU congregation.
3 - 4 year-olds: Chalice Children
Chalice Children delves into Unitarian Universalist faith and provides experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. Early childhood is filled with curiosity and wonder. With loving adults as guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community.
Kindergarten - 1st Grade
Fall: World of Wonder
Founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development, this program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery.
Spring: Wonderful Welcome
Children identify intangible gifts central to Unitarian Universalism such as friendship, hospitality and fairness, and share these gifts with others.
2nd - 3rd Grade
Spirit Adventure is designed for active learners. Participants use hands-on and interactive play to explore themes such as sports, medicine, architecture, science and food with activities such as circus arts, a “take apart party,” obstacle courses, and treasure hunts. In each session, participants will learn about UU ancestors and how their beliefs inspired them to explore, discover and change the world.
4th - 5th Grade
Harry & UU is based on the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling, books that immerse children in the idea that one can work to make the world better. The curriculum includes many fun wizarding activities, including herbology, potions, runes, and divination. Over the course of the year, the class forms a chapter of Dumbledore’s Army and fights against seven Horcruxes. The Horcruxes are real world social issues, and the goal is to produce tangible results through social action.
ChUUrchcraft uses the popular app Minecraft as a vehicle for processing learned information on world religions. A building with multiple rooms is created and supplied to the class. As the class learns about a world religion, part of each class is dedicated to designing a room within the building, devoted to the practice of that religion. At the end of the year, the class will have created a building with rooms devoted to the practice of many religions, supplementing their engagement in Neighboring Faiths in alternate years.
Middle School Youth Group (MSYG) - Grades 6-8
MSYG offers opportunities for all ERUUF 6th-8th grade youth to come together on Sunday afternoons for fun group games, community service and social justice, and exploring their beliefs and values, as well as fun overnights! The group is supported by the Youth Ministry Coordinator and youth advisors.
- Meeting Times: monthly, TBD
High School Youth Group (HSYG) - Grades 9-12
HSYG is a great place to have fun and meet a community of other youth that share our UU values! Youth meet weekly during Sunday Night Live in the CARE Building as well as having overnights at CONs and other fun events throughout the year. HSYG includes opportunities for community building, worship and faith formation, justice making, learning and leadership. The group is supported by the Youth Ministry Coordinator and youth advisors.
- Meeting Times: Sundays, 4:30pm-5:30pm
- Dates: September - May