Children’s Programs – Nursery to 7th Grade
The children’s program is a cooperative model where parents are part of a 4-person teaching team or volunteer in another role every year. Each class, from Pre-K through Grade 7, has a specific curriculum for each year as described below. If you are interested in teaching a curriculum or volunteering in the nursery and have been a part of the congregation for at least 6 months, let the Director of Lifespan Religious Education know!
Children K and up start in the worship service with their families at 10:15 and transition to Religious Education (RE) classes from there. PreK and Nursery kids are welcome to start in worship or to start in their classrooms after 10am.
Please fill out our online Registration Form for any children (ages 0-18) who will be participating in religious education at FUUSN this year.
There are two adult staff members and two youth teachers in charge of the Nursery, which is open to babies and toddlers up to age three from 10:10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Sunday mornings.
The Wonder of it All: Through nature, wonder and holidays the children are introduced to FUUSN’s welcoming community.
Wonderful Welcome: Wonderful Welcome establishes welcoming as part of one’s UU identity; welcoming is grounded in values and spirituality. Helps children feel a part of our FUUSN community and understand the faith and practices of Unitarian Universalism. Challenges leaders and children alike to explore how and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives.
Love Surrounds Us: This program explores our UU Principles in the context of beloved community of family, home, school, and neighborhood. The children engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community and teaches children skills for forgiveness, love, sharing, acceptance, caring, and peace in a loving community.
We mark the 1st grade year with a special ritual for the 1st graders in which we present them with a book to celebrate the year they learn about the UU Principles and to deepen their knowledge, resiliency, and love for the world through Unitarian Universalism.
1st graders also have the option of participating in our 1st grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program.
Spirit of Adventure: Spirit of Adventure introduces famous UUs whose lives have exemplified the values of Unitarian Universalism. Physical movement, challenge, and adventure are used with themes including sports, exploring, building, and science.
Moral Tales: Moral Tales provides children with spiritual and ethical tools to make choices and take actions that reflect their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.
Bibleodeon: The children are introduced to Hebrew and Christian scriptures and the connection between biblical events, UU principles and their own lives.
Worship Weaving: Worship Weaving is a curriculum for middle schoolers to explore and enjoy the different components of worship, including ritual, music and chant, prayer and meditation, reading sacred texts, and alters and the visual. They have the opportunity to learn about resources for creating rituals and worship, as well as gaining experience leading worship for themselves and others.
5th graders also have the option of participating in our 5th grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program.
Building Bridges: Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search. This program provides youth a unique opportunity to engage the world’s diversity of faiths in a safe, affirming atmosphere that is grounded in Unitarian Universalist faith.
Comparative Religions is considered one of the components of our Coming of Age program, giving our emerging youth a chance to reflect on their own beliefs and those of others.
Junior Youth Group: Full of fun and engaging ways to help the middle school kids at FUUSN get to know each other and do activities that in their words, “don’t feel like another class.” It’s a community building and community service oriented monthly gathering of middle school youth at FUUSN, and the youth work with adult advisors to plan the activities they want to do. Upcoming dates for Junior Youth Group meetings will be posted in the fall.