Classes for Children and Youth

Welcome to an exciting year of spiritual growth and exploration at UUCB. We are glad you are here!  Children & youth are valued members of this community. Our program offers a rich variety for faith development opportunities for ALL.

Sundays

Worship / Workshop  Once a Month
First Sundays we ALL gather in the sanctuary for service followed by workshops for all ages. Focus on UU values & principles with activities to engage the head, heart and hands. No classes. Childcare available.
Format: Service 10:30-11:15, Break 11:15-11:30, All ages workshops 11:30-12:15, Fellowship 12:15-12:45

Multigenerational Worship Services Our children and youth join their family for service in the sanctuary.
No classes. Childcare available.

Group Worship – Children start with service in the sanctuary before being sung to their classes.

See the Children and Youth Calendar 2018-2019.

Nursery

 Infants and Toddlers (Ages: 0-2 yrs)
Experienced + professional childcare is available each Sunday during worship services, after service activities and for congregational events. Sensory friendly activities, music, books, toys, games, simple crafts and free play are offered.            

Our staff is First Aid + CPR certified. We follow childcare policies mandated by state laws and Unitarian Universalist Association guidelines.

Chalice Children

Preschoolers (Ages: 3-5 yrs) 
This program provides opportunities for children to grow in their sense of trust and caring, and to develop their self-identity and their sense of connection with this community and with all life.

Following the premise that children learn best through direct experience, the classes include imaginative activities and hands-on rituals, as well as stories and games. Classes draw from the curricula Celebrating Me and My WorldThe Rainbow Connection, and Soul Matters.

Spirit Play

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade (Ages: 6-8 yrs.)
We use a Montessori approach where the key elements are the classroom environment & the teachers. We encourage children to work at their own pace by supporting multiple learning styles & challenges.

Spirit Play is a proven educational program that supports UU values.
Children get opportunities for:

Developing a sense of the sacred and the mystery of life
Independent thinking through wondering questions
Real choices within the structure of the class activities  (Head, Heart, Hands)
Self-nurturing through child oriented & child-directed learning.

Hogwarts UU

3rd Grade through 8th Grade (Ages: 9-14 yrs.)
Boarding call for all Prefects & Professors. The Hogwarts Express will be leaving from Platform 9¾ shortly!

The Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling are an excellent way to immerse children in a world where friendship, love, social justice, hope and compassion are the forces that help make the world a better place.

Hogwarts UU uses relevant clips from the movies & fun wizarding activities as the basis for discussion about the 7 UU Principles along with magic, creativity, imagination, cooperation and faith & moral development.

This curriculum created by Professor Rhea Kinroot (aka Maria O’Connor) seeks to help participants find, shape & claim their inherent values through folkloric imagery & imaginative engagement.

Youth Group

9th Grade through 12th Grade (High School Students)
Our program for youth has a flexible format to respond to the needs and interests of the group. The youth, with the guidance of their Advisors, will determine the shape & focus of their meetings & activities for the year. The group incorporates the following six aspects of youth programming: youth leadership development, worship, social justice & social action, fellowship & fun; and, education & learning.

Youth are encouraged to participate in congregational and district-wide activities, including multigenerational worship, youth conferences, small group ministry, the Youth Adult Committee, Holiday Events and themed parties.

Beyond Sundays

Coming-of-Age (COA) As youth prepare to leave childhood, our congregation seeks to honor their transition. COA focuses on values clarification, exploring theology, spirituality & history in the context of our UU faith through discussion, drama, music, writing and art. 8th & 9th Graders. Spring 2019!

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a lifespan comprehensive sexuality education curricula that focuses on self worth, sexual health, responsibility, consent, safe behavior, justice and inclusivity. 7th & 8th Graders.Spring 2019!

Family Ministry @ Home Continue faith development in the BEACON (Our newsletter). Find stories, readings and ideas for all ages to explore monthly themes at home.

Social Events Join us for the Halloween party, Thanksgiving Dinner, Holiday services, Valentine’s Day celebration, Easter Egg Hunt, Earth Day activities and more!

Adult Programs provides a variety of educational programs for everyone. See their brochure for ongoing programs & upcoming classes.

Pratik Mamtora
Director of Family Ministry
Office: (607) 729-1641
DFM@UUBinghamton.org