Children and Youth Classes
Children and youth in Preschool (3 years) through high join the community for the first part of worship at 11 a.m., hear a story for all ages, and then go to their prospective classes until 12:30.
NURSERY (birth-4 years)
Location: Church's lower level, Nursery
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Each week our paid staff provides a loving presence as they engage children in games, stories and crafts with seasonal and holiday themes throughout the year.
3-5 year olds
The curricula, We Are Many, We Are One and Chalice Children, are based on the philosophy that young children learn about religion through relationships. What is a person? Who am I? How am I related to others? What are my responsibilities? What kind of world do I live in? These are religious questions that children begin to answer as they become acquainted with themselves, other people, and their environment; all responses are mediated by the significant adults in their lives.
In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?" "What happens when you die?"
Fifth-Eighth Grades: Junior High Youth Group– The Questing Year
The junior high youth group meets on Sundays from 11:30-12:30.
The Questing Year invites participants on four quests tied to the themes of self, church, mystery, and social action:
Inner Quest – Who are you? What are you like? How are you different? What’s your place in the world?
Unitarian Universalist Quest – What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? What’s special about UUs? How do UUs live out their principles?
Mystery Quest – How can you understand what you can’t see? Like God? Or the great mystery? Or spirit and spirituality?
Action Quest – How can you make the world a better place?
In addition to the Sunday morning curriculum youth get together for once a month social activities-First Friday Fun Nights, join with other middle school youth for weekend conferences: Middle School Unitarian Universalist Gatherings MUUGS (Middle School UUs) and a junior high backpack trip in June.
Ninth-Twelfth Grades: Senior High Youth Group
Location: Youth Room, balcony level above Hattie Porter Hall
The senior high youth group meets on Sundays from 11:30-12:30. The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open minded and loving peers. The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities. They plan social and service projects throughout the year. And they participate in youth conferences in area Unitarian Universalist churches under the auspices of the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations and Y.R.U.U. (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) PCD YRUU . The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.
Youth Group Advisors: Rick Morris, Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Terra Wood-Taylor
If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, extension 25.