Families

Family Ministry

Families are the heart of JUC’s programming and ministry. Whether meeting remotely or in person, the Family Ministry Team finds creative ways to bring families together and build a multigenerational community. From organizing the family camping trip and parent retreats, to spearheading community gathering opportunities like the Halloween party, JUC strives to center and honor families with love and fun. We always welcome new members to the Family Ministry Team. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm. For more information about our events or for any questions, please email familyministry@jeffersonunitarian.org.

 

Worship

We welcome you and your children to attend our in-person worship services together on Sunday mornings. Kindergarteners through 5th graders are invited to attend the beginning of the service with their families where all will participate in a family-friendly chalice lighting, songs, as well as a Time For All Ages message. Children are dismissed to their individual Faith Exploration classrooms after Time for All Ages. Families are also welcome to watch the service online.

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Faith Exploration

Our faith exploration programs are designed to enrich and nurture the spiritual lives of children, youth, and families. We strive to help one another grow in spiritual practice, deepen our understanding and respect of our religiously diverse world, and live our UU principles out in our daily life. All of our Faith Exploration classes are held in person.

Click here to register for Faith Exploration 2022-23

 

Fall 2022 Faith Exploration Offerings

9:00 a.m. Programs

Infants and toddlers (ages 0-3): 

Nursery care is provided for our infants and toddlers. Parents may drop off their infants and toddlers in the nursery before the service begins. Please sign your child in at the classroom door. 

PreK/Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Chalice Children:

Parents/guardians may drop their children off in room R3/4 prior to the service. Please sign your child in at the classroom door. 

1st-5th grades Spirit Quest:

1st-5th grade youth join their parents for the beginning of the service. After the Time for All Ages, they will join their teachers in the chapel for their Spirit Quest class. Please pick up your youth in the chapel immediately after the service. 

Elementary OWL:

We will offer 1st and 2nd grade OWL (Our Whole Lives) at 9 a.m beginning Sunday, October 23. Fourth and 5th grade OWL will be offered in the spring. 

Our K-5 Faith Exploration classes allow our children to joyfully learn about and develop their UU identities through ritual, story, music, games, art and social justice projects. JUC strives to inspire awe and wonder through children’s exploration of Unitarian Universalism, specifically through our Principles and Sources, which connects them to their heart, minds, and bodies. 

11:00 a.m. Programs

Infants and toddlers (ages 0-3): 

Nursery care is provided for our infants and toddlers. Parents may drop off their infants and toddlers in the nursery before the service begins. Please sign your child in at the classroom door. 

PreK (ages 3-5) Chalice Children:

Parents/guardians may drop their children off in room R3/4 prior to the service. Please sign your child in at the classroom door. 

K-5th Grades:

Our K-5 Faith Exploration classes allow our children to joyfully learn about and develop their UU identities through ritual, story, music, games, art and social justice projects. JUC strives to inspire awe and wonder through children’s exploration of Unitarian Universalism, specifically through our Principles and Sources, which connects them to their heart, minds, and bodies. 

K-5th graders start in the service with their parents. After the Time for All Ages they will follow their teachers to their classrooms. Parents, please pick up your child immediately after the service: 

  • K-1st Grades Spirit Play –  FE hall, room R8
  • 2nd-3rd Grades Spirit Journey – FE hall, room R6
  • 4th-5th Grades Spirit Explorers – FE hall, room R7

6th Grade Neighboring Faiths:

Our 6th graders will journey into world religions with activities, special guests, and virtual field trips, empowering them to develop empathy and awareness of faiths around the world. They will also be connecting their learnings about world religions to their own Unitarian Universalist faith by learning from our Sources of the Living Tradition.

6th graders go directly to their classroom, (M3/4) located in the Mills Building

7th Grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) (10:30 start):

Our Whole Lives is an age appropriate, comprehensive, and progressive sex education curriculum that supports participants in making informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. OWL also explores how their sexuality is connected to being Unitarian Universalists.

7th graders who are registered for OWL and whose parents have attended the orientation, go directly to the classroom, (M1/2) located in the Mills Building.  

8th Grade Coming of Age (COA):

The Coming of Age program supports the transition from child to youth in a yearlong journey, helping teens to explore their identities, beliefs, Unitarian Universalist faith, relationships with others, and connections to the world.

8th graders go directly to the Priestley room (in the basement of the main building) for COA.  Look for more information soon about a parent meeting and a complete calendar. 

9th-12th Grades High School Youth Group:

Our High School Youth Group (HSYG) provides an opportunity for teens to build community, have fun with friends and further explore their UU identity.  This year our curriculum will use popular movies to encourage discussion of issues relevant to youth particularly around identity and culture.

High Schoolers go directly to the Mitchell Room (in the basement of the main building) for HSYG.

A few guidelines:

Before the service:

  • Please have your K-5 child find their nametag on the nametag board. Let your teacher know if your child needs a new nametag. Check-in will happen in the classrooms, instead of at the Welcome desk. We will still have an information table for visiting families.  
  • Middle and High School nametags will be kept in their classrooms

After the service:

  • K-5 parents please pick up your child immediately after their class. Children will not be allowed to leave their classroom without their guardian.
  • Middle and High School youth are dismissed from their classrooms.
  • Your children are welcome to have a snack in the Kid Zone in the south commons after the service.
  • During the service, all youth need to be in the service or in class. They are not permitted to play on the playground or be in the commons without supervision.