Families

Worship

Worship is an integral part of what we do as a spiritual community. You and your children are welcome to attend the worship service together any Sunday morning, or you can check out our Religious Education Program that takes place at the same time. The first Sunday of every month, children 4 years old through fifth graders attend the first part of the service with their families to share the Time for All Ages then go to their Religious Education groups.

We also offer Family Worship twice a month, on the first  Wednesday and third Friday of the month at 5:30-7 p.m. We hope you will join our families in the opportunity to share a meal, build community, and worship together.

Registration for the 2019/20 RE year

Prog Child & Youth

Welcome to Our Learning Community!

Our religious education classes are designed to enrich the spiritual lives of children, youth, and families. We strive to help one another grow in spiritual practice, deepen understanding and respect of our religiously diverse world, and live UU principles in daily life. We encourage parents to ask questions, visit classrooms, and participate in a variety of programs to support your spiritual growth. We look forward to working with you to nurture the spiritual lives of our children and youth!

We are a large church and have a large children and youth program of almost 300 young people and growing. We offer somewhat different programming at 9 and 11 a.m. We have learned over the years that families with younger children tend to be early risers, so they often find it best to attend the early service and RE program. Then as children age and like to sleep in, our later program becomes a better fit.

Cooperative Program

JUC’s Religious Education program is supported through the annual church budget, so your generous pledge to the annual fund is appreciated. The vitality of our program also depends on the generous support of many dedicated volunteers. When you register your child, please let us know how you’d like to share your gifts with our community. Helping in the faith development program is a great way to get acquainted and learn more about our living faith tradition. Successful background checks and a signed covenant of ethics are required of all volunteers working with children and youth.

9 a.m. Sunday Classes

Every Sunday childcare is provided for infants and toddlers through 3-year-olds during the worship services. We have paid JUC teens and additional staff and volunteers to provide a safe and nurturing experience for our youngest churchgoers. Our youngest children enjoy an hour of supervised play and care. Parents and guardians are invited to come in, meet the staff and stay as long as you like. We know your trust and comfort are integral to your youngsters feeling safe and comfortable in our Nursery/Toddler Room.

Preschool

Our preschool group is for 3 and 4 -year-olds as they begin to learn our Unitarian Universalist rituals and stories. They are guided by an adult staff person who is assisted by a combination of paid teens and volunteers. Their time with us is informed by Chalice Children, a curriculum which helps them build a foundation for their spiritual lives in Unitarian Universalism. Children begin building friendships with one another and celebrate learning together with music, songs art, and play.

Kindergarten/1st and 2nd/3rd Grade

The Head, Heart, and Hands program for grades K-3rd grade will explore the same monthly themes used in Sunday worship services. Each age groups are lead by four-person teams of JUC trained volunteers and will explore monthly themes using stories and activity centers designated as Head, Heart, and Hands centers. Using the 3H focus honors individual learning styles and encourages children to choose which center speaks to them each week. This methodology naturally aligns with our UU tradition supporting curiosity and learning, as well as, recognizes that all children are closely connected with the source of awe and wonder.

Head, Heart, & Hand Centers
Head Center activities focus on cognitive logic where learning is a ‘think-try-think’ experience. Activities may include; problem-solving, manipulatives, journaling, discussion, contemplative resources, and reflection.
Heart Center activities focus on feelings as a source of learning and growing with a “feel-try-feel” experience. Activities may include; spiritual practices, music, art, story baskets, items from nature.
Hands Center activities focus on a direct experience of “try-think-try” learning and growing experience. Activities may include; movement activities, sewing cards, puzzles, magnets, beading, large floor puzzle, yoga poses with mats.
4th & 5th Grade

Classes will explore the same monthly themes used in Sunday worship services with a focus on our 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles in action! Don’t miss our spring session where we will be focusing our attention to our 7th principle “We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.” During this time, we will be learning about the local environment and how we can pay attention and take action  to make a difference close to home. There will be 2-3 excursions included in the spring session. (Previously known as Nature Keepers)

During the wintertime, for eight consecutive Sunday mornings, we will offer Our Whole Lives, our comprehensive sexuality curriculum specifically designed for this age group. If you want your fourth or fifth grader to participate in OWL education this year, be sure to sign up for the 9 a.m. session.

11 a.m. Sunday Classes

Nursery and Toddler Care

Every Sunday childcare is provided for infants and toddlers through 3-year-olds during the worship services. We have paid JUC teens and additional staff and volunteers to provide a safe and nurturing experience for our youngest churchgoers. Our youngest children enjoy an hour of supervised play and care. Parents and guardians are invited to come in, meet the staff and stay as long as you like. We know your trust and comfort are integral to your youngsters feeling safe and comfortable in our Nursery/Toddler Room.

Preschool

Our preschool group is for 3 and 4 -year-olds as they begin to learn our Unitarian Universalist rituals and stories. They are guided by an adult staff person who is assisted by a combination of paid teens and volunteers. Their time with us is informed by Chalice Children, a curriculum which helps them build a foundation for their spiritual lives in Unitarian Universalism. Children begin building friendships with one another and celebrate learning together with music, songs art, and play.

Kindergarten/1st and 2nd/3rd Grade

The Head, Heart, and Hands program for grades K-3rd grade will explore the same monthly themes used in Sunday worship services. Each age groups are lead by four-person teams of JUC trained volunteers and will explore monthly themes using stories and activity centers designated as Head, Heart, and Hands centers. Using the 3H focus honors individual learning styles and encourages children to choose which center speaks to them each week. This methodology naturally aligns with our UU tradition supporting curiosity and learning, as well as, recognizes that all children are closely connected with the source of awe and wonder.

Head, Heart, & Hand Centers
Head Center activities focus on cognitive logic where learning is a ‘think-try-think’ experience. Activities may include; problem-solving, manipulatives, journaling, discussion, contemplative resources, and reflection.
Heart Center activities focus on feelings as a source of learning and growing with a “feel-try-feel” experience. Activities may include; spiritual practices, music, art, story baskets, items from nature.
Hands Center activities focus on a direct experience of “try-think-try” learning and growing experience. Activities may include; movement activities, sewing cards, puzzles, magnets, beading, large floor puzzle, yoga poses with mats.
4th & 5th Grade
Classes will explore the same monthly themes used in Sunday worship services with a focus on our 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles in action! Don’t miss our spring session where we will be focusing our attention to our 7th principle “We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.” During this time, we will be learning about the local environment and how we can pay attention and take action  to make a difference close to home. There will be 2-3 excursions included in the spring session. (Previously known as Nature Keepers)

During the wintertime, for eight consecutive Sunday mornings, we will offer Our Whole Lives, our comprehensive sexuality curriculum specifically designed for this age group. If you want your fourth or fifth grader to participate in OWL education this year, be sure to sign up for the 9 a.m. session.

6th Grade 

Our sixth-grade group explores our Neighboring Faiths as a way to increase young people’s understanding and appreciation for religious diversity and to reflect on the unique and universality of religious experience and how it relates to Unitarian Universalisms’ Sources of the Living Tradition. Throughout the year, they visit a number of other worship experiences in other religious traditions.

7th Grade OWL

Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive and progressive sex education curriculum that supports participants in making informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. 

8th Grade

Our eighth-grade group spends the year in our Coming of Age program. The young people make the transition from child to youth guided by facilitators and mentors, in a yearlong journey to explore their identities, beliefs, Unitarian Universalist faith, relationships with others and their connections to the world. 

Senior High Youth Group (YRUU)

practices how to put their faith into action every day by daring to be real, showing acceptance and support, leading with courage, and acting for justice. After all, what is religion for, if it isn’t about changing your life and changing the world- for the better? They worship together, grow a sense of community, practice skills of leadership, followership, listening, social and emotional risk-taking, and find places to act on their Unitarian Universalist values and idealism.