Whole-Church Faith Formation
Welcome to First Unitarian’s programs for faith formation, where we engage in spiritual exploration and worldview formation!
Sunday Morning for Children and Youth
On Sunday mornings, we meet in the Sanctuary for the first part of worship at 11 AM. During the service, everyone is invited to sit on the Labyrinth and hear the story during the Time for All Ages. The Congregation will then sing the children out of the Sanctuary as they gather downstairs for their time together.
All children, of all ages, are very welcome to stay in the Sanctuary for the entire service. We welcome the gurgles and cries of the youngest and we invite children of all ages to be VIP’s (Very Inquisitive People) and to stay and participate in the Worship service. For some children, the hour of worship can be a gift of calm in the busy-ness of their life.
Our Sunday Morning Program will engage children in exploring our Unitarian Universalist principles and sources.
Nursery: Birth–Kindergarten Lower Level Starting 10:45 to 12:30
We provide loving attention, care, and support for each child in initiating play activities at their own developmental level. Each week our staff provides a loving presence as they engage children in games, stories and crafts. Until our Elementary and Middle Groups are running again, older children are welcome to join in the nursery activities.
Elementary School Group: Grades 1-5
We are currently working to restart our Elementary School Group after Covid shut it down. We are hoping to be back to regular classes in 2023. We will be starting with an adapted version of the Moral Tales curriculum. The original curriculum can be found at https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/tales.
Middle School Group: Grades 6-8
We are currently working to restart our Middle School Group after Covid shut it down. We are hoping to be back to regular classes in 2023. We will be starting with an adapted version of the Amazing Grace curriculum. The original curriculum can be found at https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/grace.
Youth Group: Grades 9-12
We have an active Youth Group that meets weekly. While our Youth Room upstairs is being remodeled, they are meeting in our Conference Room downstairs. The group doesn’t follow a specific curriculum. Instead the Youth Group engages in activities and discussion to help participants define themselves and their faith. Many of our youth are also engaged in our Coming of Age program outside of our Sunday meetings. More information about Coming of Age can be found at https://www.uua.org/worship/holidays/coming-age.