For Children and Youth

childrens_storyChildren and Youth Faith Development Program

Programs engage the minds, awaken the spirits, and encourage compassion for others in a secure and nurturing environment.

Programming includes Sunday morning classes, worship experiences, all-ages programming and service activities, with a focus this year on living our Unitarian Universalist faith.  Children and youth are valued members of the UUCB community, and our program is rich in offerings for all of our young people.  See the Program Brochure for more information.

Regular classes meet September – May.

Calendar 

Registration is required for all participating children and youth.  Forms are available here, or contact the Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Ann Kadlecek, at DLFD@uubinghamton.org.

Children ages 3 through 13 (Grade 8)

Classes are offered most Sundays 11:15 – 12:30, and consist of a worship experience in the regular sanctuary or children’s chapel followed by classroom time around a specific age appropriate curricula. 

Youth ages 14 to 18 (Grades 9-12)

The youth, with the guidance of their advisors, determine the shape and focus of their meetings and activities for the year.

Curriculum

Our curricular themes address our Unitarian Universalist Identity and History, World Religions including our Jewish and Christian Heritage, and Ethics and Social Justice. All of our classes are taught from a liberal religious perspective, reflecting our Unitarian Universalist values and principles, regardless of the theme or topic.  The focus for 2016-17 is on livign our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Curricula by Age Group
Special Programs

Tips to Make Programs More Fun!

  • Attend regularly. Consistent attendance allows your child the opportunity to develop friendships, become better acquainted with the teachers, and develop continuity and increased understanding of the material. Parents who possess an attitude of cheerful expectancy about weekly church attendance have less difficulty keeping children involved.
  • Dress for active participation. Our classes are creative, active places with glue, paint, games, etc.
  • Familiarize yourself with the regular activities of the program. Talk with your child and the teachers about the activities in the class. Keep informed through the newsletter, and participate in church events together.
  • Share your own religious beliefs with your children. We encourage you to learn along with your child as you take a spiritual journey together. Support and encourage your child, wherever he/she is on the religious journey. Recognize that your child’s religious needs may differ from your own. Many children have a need for ritual, structure, and definitive answers to difficult questions. Seek out the answers and support you need. Although you are your children’s primary religious educator, you are not alone!
  • Share some of your time and talents. Parental involvement is a key ingredient to your child’s positive experience at church and the success of our program. When you are connected and having fun, so will your child.
  • Always feel free to call the teacher, DLFD, minister, or committee member with your questions, comments, or concerns.

Committee

Our faith development program is a cooperative one, taught by volunteers from within our UUCB community. Programs are developed and directed by the Children and Youth Programs Committee in conjunction with the Director of Lifespan Faith Development.  Committee meetings are held monthly.  Parents and other church members are invited to attend. 

For questions: Contact Director of Lifespan Faith Development, by calling the UUCB office.