Family Ministry

 

Family Ministry is an approach to faith development that recognizes that parents, grandparents and caregivers are the primary religious educators for their children, and our is an intentional community of all ages. 

Family Ministry includes families throughout congregational life.

Our congregation seeks to provide opportunities and resources for practicing our faith as families, in the congregation and at home.  Here, people of all ages worship together, learn together, serve together, and connect.  At-home resources and opportunities for action in the community bring our faith into our daily lives and foster connection with each other and the world.

Registration is required for all participating children and youth.  Forms are available here, or contact the Director of Family Ministry, Pratik Mamtora, at DFM@UUBinghamton.org.

Sunday Morning Programming

Our  calendar includes three different formats for Sundays mornings:

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.

Other Opportunities for Children, Youth and Families

Social events for all ages (and with an intentional appeal for young people include the Halloween Party and Holiday Craft Workshop. Watch for information about these and other events.  Other special programs are scheduled as needed, or alternating years.

The Family Ministry Team

Our faith development program is a cooperative one, taught by volunteers from within our UUCB community. Programs are developed and directed by the Family Ministry Team in conjunction with the Director of Family Ministry.  Committee meetings are held quarterly.  Parents and other church members are invited to attend. 

For questions: contact the Director of Family Ministry, Pratik Mamtora, at DFM@UUBinghamton.org.

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.  On Sundays without classes, share your worship and workshop experience with your children.
  • Dress for active participation. Our classes and workshops are creative, active places with glue, paint, games, etc.
  • Familiarize yourself with the regular activities of the classes. 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, DFM, minister, or committee member with your questions, comments, or concerns.