All classes and activities for children from nursery through grade six are cooperative ventures. Our volunteer staff teaches with great care and compassion. We have a strong commitment to families and to the health and safety of our children. Each year’s curricula may include Unitarian Universalist history and identity, social justice, and world religions and wisdom tradition content.
Junior and senior high youth groups employ various curricula. In addition to Sunday morning classes, we offer a Coming of Age program and Our Whole Lives (OWL), a sexuality education program. State and District youth conferences and evening socials are another vital part of our youth program.
Adult childcare providers provide loving care to children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. We offer an environment that encourages discovery and provides a positive first experience within our church community. Nursery care, located next to Fellowship Hall is available free of charge during service. When age-appropriate, two-year olds may join our PreK and Kindergarten class (the rooms are connected).
Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
UU Rainbow Play — joyful discovery and learning for children ages three or four through five. The primary goal for this age group is to introduce the children to RE Program classes, increase their comfort with our church environment, and provide a nurturing environment for children to discover their growing capabilities.
Soul Matters Thematic Content – Beginning Jan 21, 2018 we plan to move our elementary grades from "We're On Our Way" to new curricula content from Soul Matters. Soul Matters is a thematic approach (the same as we now use in our worship services and Soul Fire Covenant groups), so what adults hear being preached in our sanctuary on a Sunday is what our children will explore in their classroom after being "sung out" of the sanctuary.
Not only will our content change, so will our approach. We start with a gathering circle, then chalice lighting, check-in, and then move on to thematic content based on the Soul Matters material. Teachers may elect to move through the stations as a group or may let children choose from four "stations" based on their interest that day. Station content will reflect the monthly theme, but as we envision it now, include broadly:
•Declamation Station (storytelling, listening, and acting)
•Contemplation Station (books! when quiet reading time is best)
•Imagination Station (theme based creations!)
•Ideation Station (taking the abstract and making it real–more suited to our 4-6th graders)
Moreover, each month we will provide you with information and links to material to help you complement what your child learns here on Sunday–click here.
Coming of Age | 2017-2018
Grades 8 and 9 — Coming of Age (COA) helps youth discern for themselves what it means to live a life of faith, individually and as part of the larger Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith community. It involves individual activities, community service, and family participation. COA explores the question “How shall I live my life?” and supports youth in their efforts to create a personal faith credo. This program initiates a process of lifelong learning and promotes right relationship with one’s self, with others, and with the wider world. This program may be conducted at a time other than our Sunday morning religious education program time. A special fee is required; families for whom the fee creates a financial hardship should meet with our Consulting Director for Faith Development.
Our Whole Lives - Human Sexuality | Next Offered 2018-2019
Grades 7 and 8 — Our Whole Lives (OWL) 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 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. OWL is taught by a team of trained lay-leaders who care deeply about the well-being of our youth. Parental permission is required for youth to participate in this program. This program may be conducted at a time other than our Sunday morning religious education program time. A special fee is required; families for whom the fee creates a financial hardship should meet with our Consulting Director for Faith Development.
Coming of Age and Our Whole Lives Human sexuality are offered in alternate years.
Seventh through Twelfth Grades
We are re-imagining our youth program. For now, on Sunday morning, youth are invited into the sanctuary for the duration of our 10:30 worship service.
Faith Development Contacts
Our Minister, religious educator, and the C&Y Family Ministry Team are here to listen and help. Please feel free to contact any of them.
- CONSULTING DIRECTOR OF FAITH DEVELOPMENT
- Steven Mead
- 505-982-9674 ext. 4 (church)
- (314) 239-5694 (mobile - urgent calls)
- Rev. Gail Marriner
- 505-982-9674 ext. 2 (church)
We welcome all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin; gender or gender identification, affectional preference or sexual orientation; age, physical or mental challenge; or social, economic, or marital status. Come, there is a place for you here.
Come, open to be moved. Come, be held in mutual embrace.
Come, engage the world. Come and be made whole.