Children’s Program Overview
You are welcome to come and visit our Sunday morning program, held from 10:30 – 11:45. Infants and children may be dropped off, or you may stay with them and visit until both of you are comfortable.
When you arrive on Sunday morning, specific details of that days religious education program will be available in the WHUUF order of service and on a white board posted outside the main doors, at the entrance to the religious education wing.
Our Religious Exploration program offers something for infants through teens. All children and youth begin their Sunday morning experience in the Sanctuary with the adults. A child/youth light the chalice, and they help collect the offering. They will sing a song and hear a story prior to being “sung out” to their RE groups. Each group has their own meeting room; the orders of service and the white board outside the RE wing will notify of any changes. Each group has a trained and screened lead teacher, the mandatory second adult is often a congregational volunteer.
Our Sunday morning activities are designed to explore Unitarian Universalist values (as described by our Principles and Sources), to learn about world religions and what others believe, and to work on helping make the world a better place. In addition, we try to work with the congregational theme of the month.
Every session includes a chalice lighting, a chance for personal sharing, a story and some kind of activity. Our programming strives to be inclusive and offer something for a variety of learning styles and interests.
We draw from a large geographic area and a number of school districts, so building a sense of community within each age grouping is also important.
Our middle and high school youth groups offer opportunities for youth leadership and involvement with the UU community beyond WHUUF. A high school youth serves on our WHUUF Board of Directors and a number of our youth are involved in district and denominational activities. Middle-schoolers have optional special programming – OWL (Our Whole Lives, a sexuality education program) and Coming of Age (a self-identity, credo development program) are offered on alternate years.
Our wooded setting provides opportunity for many outside activities and our children like to make use of our space before and after services as well. Our community strives to be multigenerational and there are opportunities to celebrate, contemplate and work together with people of all ages. Children are encouraged to join in our post service coffee hour with their own cup of cocoa.
SUMMER PROGRAM: Our summer programming, June- August follows the above guidelines. In the summer programming is only provided for children through age 10. Our nursery program runs year-round, and there is a “one room schoolhouse” model for the children aged 4-10. There may be occasional youth group events, but there are no regularly scheduled youth meetings in the summer.
We invite you to explore these pages and contact our religious educator, Rebecca Gammons, to get connected.