The faith development of our children has always been an integral part of the life of this congregation. We are blessed to have a rich history of support for a strong and creative program. Church members and friends devote much time, energy and love to nurture the spirituality of our children. Our congregation truly embraces the fact that our children are the future. Please find more up to date information on Faith Development here.
For questions or more information please contact Director of Faith Development, Mary Scherden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 7 Principals
Every aspect of our program is designed to teach our children to explore their world through the seven principals of Unitarian Universalism in a language they can understand
- Each person is important
- Be kind in all you do
- We’re free to learn together
- And search for what is true
- All people need a voice
- Build a fair and peaceful world
- We care for our planet earth
We affirm and promote the seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. These are the six sources we draw from for all of our lessons and activities within the Faith Development program:
- Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the sense of wonder we all share.
- Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the women and men of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.
- Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions.
- Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the Jewish and Christian teachings that tell us to love all others as we love ourselves.
- Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the use of reason and the discoveries of science.
- Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life.
Theme Based Ministry
Our congregation promotes and affirms our 7 principals by drawing on from our 6 sources and focusing on a congregation-wide monthly theme. Theme-based ministry is happening in more and more congregations throughout our movement. What is theme-based ministry? According to Rev. Scott Tayler, the UUA’s Director of Congregational Life, theme-based ministry “is a powerfully engaging way of focusing the life of a congregation on monthly themes through worship, religious education, small groups and other activities.”
Theme based ministry, sometimes called theme based church, helps create multigenerational connections, as people of all ages explore common themes in age-appropriate ways. And theme based ministry extends faith development beyond Sunday morning. Families can continue the conversation in the car ride home or over the dinner table; small groups that meet during the week can go deeper with the theme.
Chalice Children (Nursery)
Children ages 6 months – 3 years, loving called our “Chalice Children”, enjoy an environment of love and warmth in our nursery program. Play, stories and fun activities are offered during Sunday morning service. The nursery is staffed by trained adults and teens from our high school youth group. The nursery is open from 10:15-11:30. Please note: Parents of infants and toddlers often like to have their children with them in the sanctuary. We welcome this and assure parents that the noises made by young children are rarely a distraction to others. Sometimes, however, children get restless and need room to crawl around. Our nursery is equipped with speaker and a window to the sanctuary. Parents can stay with their children if they wish and still hear the service.
Children Kindergarten to 8th grade spend the first 20 minutes of the service in the sanctuary with their family. After a special “story for all ages” during the service, the congregation sings the children out of the sanctuary and designated Faith Development teachers will escort the children downstairs or outside to their age specific class. We currently have a classroom of K-3rd graders, a class of 4th-6th graders, a class of 6-8th graders and our High School Youth. You are welcome to join your child or drop into his or her class at any time!
The Senior High Youth Group is a self-directed and energetically led group focused on social justice and spiritual exploration. In addition to participation at the congregational level, the youth also participate in district-wide events with Unitarian Universalist Youth from around the region. This dynamic group is a safe and welcoming place for teens to explore their own spiritual path.
Special Sunday Programming (during the school year)
Children’s Chapel and Intergenerational Services
Once a month (usually the first Sunday of the month) children Kindergarten through 6th grade gather downstairs for the entire hour during Sunday service for a multi-age children’s chapel focusing on our congregation’s monthly theme. This gives the opportunity for our children, guided by designated teachers, to practice leading a worship service.
Several times throughout the year the Minister and the Director of Faith Development collaborate on intergenerational worship services. During these special services children and adults share the sanctuary for the entire hour Sunday morning in a sacred time that speaks across the lifespan.
Our Children’s Choir convenes multiple times throughout the year for special performances. This program provides children aged Kindergarten through 6th grade the opportunity to join their voices together in worship with music from UU children’s songbooks, traditional hymns from world religions as well as popular contemporary pieces. Fun musical activities are also enjoyed during practices.
Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for five age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, and adults. Our Whole Lives helps participants make 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 provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
This congregation currently offers an 8 week course for the 8th and 9th grade level. The course runs through the months of January and February. Children must be signed up by December and parents must participate in the parent orientation that takes place during the same month. For more information please contact the Director of Faith Development, Mary Scherden email@example.com.
9th Grade Trip
In ninth grade our youth participate in a ten day trip to the Hopi and Navajo lands of New Mexico and Arizona with Unitarian Universalist from the entire Front Range. This trip is very affordable and has been a life changing event for the youth that participate.
The first full week of August, our church offers a week-long day camp to its congregation and the community. Our youth group is a big part of planning and facilitating this exciting week. A fun theme is used as a lens to explore our principles and values through service projects, guest speakers and great activities. The week always ends with a traditional camp-out to Veedauwoo the entire family is invited to take part in.
Lifespan Faith Development Team
Our program is coordinated by the Faith Development Team, which is responsible for both long-range planning and short-term action. We have a core group of members who create programming and a wide range of volunteers that carry out our liberal Religious Education vision. Our Director of Faith Development is dedicated to coordinating the various programs to ensure continuity throughout the lifespan of our children and youth. SAFETY We have a “Safe Congregation” policy in place to assure that your children are safe. All of our volunteer teachers are trained undergo a national background check before participating in any of our religious education programs. We invite you to join us on this inspirational adventure as we explore our rich and diverse history, develop a secure sense of individuality, deepen our understanding of the great mystery of life, and explore the world around us!
Join us by registering your child here!