Children & Youth Programming

Kids MusicReligious education for children and youth is provided from September to May. Children and youth join the adults for the beginning of each Sunday service and then move downstairs for class. Because we are a spiritually diverse and welcoming congregation, our children explore religious truth and meaning as it is revealed through many traditions. We build intergenerational relationships through regular congregation-wide social justice activities and meaningful worship experiences designed to connect adults and children.  During Summer Services, "Movies with Meaning" offer a relaxed and safe environment for children and youth while parents gather upstairs.

 

UUFN Kids StoryAt UUFN, we foster each child’s personal spiritual development through community ritual, storytelling, music, creative play, and simple meditation. Sunday lessons for children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade focus on our Unitarian Universalist heritage and identity and the Seven Principles that describe our shared values. We strive to provide our children with opportunities to explore the world and their own experiences in a supportive community.

 

This year, our 6th through 8th grade group has been taking part in an activity-based program of creative empowerment called You the Creator. Since September the class has completed a wide range of creative projects. The first creative project completed was to make a class chalice with symbols unique to each class member. Other projects have included designing a model creative city and exploring the winter celebrations of various cultures. The 6-8 group also is exploring issues of spirituality and ethics through the curriculum, “The Gospel According to the Simpsons.”

 

maypole gensOur goal is to nurture:

  • Spiritual growth through a variety of practices and traditions
  • Ethical growth through support for living out one’s values
  • Religious exploration of the basic teachings of other religions and philosophies
  • Encouragement to act as agents of change for more peace, justice and love in the world
  • Unitarian Universalist identity and a lifelong faith (from UUA.org)

 

During select Sundays throughout the church year, our children and youth join together for special events designed to celebrate our connections with one another, provide hospitality to the wider fellowship, and explore the broader community. These include:

  • Field trip to Fireside Apple Orchard
  • Apple Crisp Coffee Hour
  • Winter Solstice Service
  • Muffin Sunday
  • Field trip to The Garden of Quiet Listening at Carleton College
Childcare

We provide childcare for children ages 6 months to 4 years in our nursery, available in the lower level of the church. Our childcare provider has years of experience, personally as a parent and professionally working with young children.

 

Thank You, Spring Wind Farm!
 
On April 17, Betsy and Andrew from Spring Wind Farm led a seed starting class and activity with our children and youth! It was a pleasure to hear them talk about the benefits of organic farming and how to start plants from seed. Spring Wind Farm has generously offered to raise the seedlings in their greenhouse until they are ready to be sold at UUFN's first edible plant sale on May 22! 
 
You can learn more about Spring Wind Farm here: www.springwind.org
 
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