Children & Youth
With few exceptions, children at South Church begin Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary with their families to share in the opening words, chalice lighting and Story for All Ages. Following the story, our children are typically sung out of worship to attend Religious Education classes downstairs. Parents should escort their children to their classrooms, sign them in, and may return to the sanctuary for the remainder of worship.
The South Church nursery is available for children up to age 3, and is open each Sunday morning for both worship services.
Sunday Classes: Preschool and Early Elementary
Our Pre-Kinder (mostly 4 year olds) and Kindergarten classroom uses Spirit Play, a Montessori approach to religious education that invites children to explore life's big questions through stories, "wonderings", "work" (activities) and songs.
Sunday Classes: Elementary
Theme Based Workshops are offered for 1st-5th grade at both the 9am and 11am worship services.
Sixth and Seventh Grade
Explore our community over this two year program; The Service Learning year and the Religious Exploration year.
Eighth Grade - Coming of Age
Our Coming of Age Program will be offered for 8th grade students, a wonderful rite of passage opportunity. At this age, our youth are in one of the most formative and pivotal times of their lives. Park of the work of Coming of Age is claiming the kind of person you want to be. As UU's, we believe that each and every one of us has a piece of the truth and the COA curriculum helps our youth articulate the beliefs that they hold most dear. The COA program is a significant commitment of time and energy, but is one of the most memorable and often life changing experiences offered through our RE program.
Ninth-Twelfth Grade - Senior Youth
Youth group meets on Sunday evenings from 4-5:30pm.
Our Whole Lives - This lifespan sexuality education program is used across the United States in Unitarian Universalist churches. Five levels of age-appropriate curricular materials are available for kindergartners through adults. Our RE program offers the following three classes: 5th grade, 7th grade and 10th-11th grade (biannually). Advanced registration is required, and parents are required to attend a parent meeting for each class.
Families TUUgether - Open to children 8 months through Sixth grade, Families TUUgether is a popular program for families of young kids; an opportunity for parents to reconnect and recharge. Offered monthly during the church year starting in October, children are dropped off at South Church at 4:30pm with a potluck dish to share (ready to serve, please) and parents head up to the sanctuary for a short group gathering before heading out to enjoy some quiet time. Children will strengthen friendships, enjoy a movie, and play fun games. Parents return to get their children no later than 8pm. Please note: Families MUST RSVP if they plan to come to this event so that we are able to meet the staffing needs. The program is closed after 25 children register to ensure that we have a safe and fun event. See the calendar for upcoming dates.
Spark and Purple Flames - Social groups for fifth/sixth grade students and seventh/eighth grade respectively. The groups participate in activities like a bowling night, mini-golf, a game night at the church, ice cream social, etc. The intention is to offer participants a chance to socialize and get to know one another better outside of our Sunday morning programming. Registration is required.
Social Events for Children and Families
- Halloween Social on Halloween night
- Holiday celebration in December
- Spring Pancake Breakfast on Palm Sunday
- Occasional Friday FUUn Nights, Potluck and Game Nights, and Family Film Nights.
- Other events are scheduled throughout the year. Keep an eye out for them in the NUUsflash.
All classrooms in the Religious Education program are supported by safe-congregation screened adults, trained in our teaching program, and guided by the Director of Religious Education and the ministers at South Church. For more information about our program, contact Kirsten Hunter, Director of Religious Education at email@example.com or 603-436-4762 ext. 3