Supporting the faith development of our young people is an important commitment we make to our children, our community, and our world. The goal of faith development classes at UUCB is to provide a loving, safe and nurturing community in which our children and youth can develop their own beliefs and embark on their own spiritual journey. We believe that the search for truth is lifelong, and we seek to support children and families in their faith development.
Our programming consists of Sunday morning classes (listed here), as well as worship experiences, social events, service and social justice activities, as we strive to live our faith as a community of all ages. Except as noted, all classes are offered during the 11:15 service, and run from September to May. Most weeks, children begin in the worship service or chidren’s chapel at 11:15, for about 15 minutes, and then proceed to classes. Check the whiteboard on Sunday morning for information about the starting location.
For more information about any aspect of our program, contact our Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Ann Kadlecek.
Time: 9:15 am to 12:45 pm
Ages: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Location: Room 1
Our Nursery is open each Sunday through both worship services, providing a safe, child-friendly, supervised environment while parents are involved in other church activities. Toys, books, games, simple crafts, age appropriate activities, and an opportunity for free play are provided. Our Nursery is staffed by experienced child care providers. Children must be signed in and out of the Nursery by their parents. Childcare is also provided upon request for events and meetings outside of Sunday morning.
Ages: Preschool (ages 3-5)
Location: Room 4
Following the premise that children learn best through direct experience, this curriculum nurtures spiritual growth, creativity, and connection to our UU community through imaginative activities and hands-on rituals. Young ones are introduced to the UU chalice, explore the great forces of nature, and consider how to make choices and overcome difficulties.
Ages: Grades K—3
Location: Room 7
Based on the Montessori method, and drawing on a “morning-as-worship” model, Spirit Play embraces multi-age grouping, self-directed learning, creative expression, multiple learning styles, cooperation and respect within a classroom community. The sacred mystery of life, and a commitment to freedom in spiritual exploration are vital aspects of Spirit Play. Through story, wondering, and creative art response, children make meaning of the language of our faith and life’s questions. This year’s program will focus on our Unitarian Universalist faith, exploring our Principles and rituals, and how we might act on this faith in our lives.
Ages: Grades 4-6
Location: Room 9
In this class, children will explore our UU faith, including our Principles, values and history, through stories, discussion, activities and games. Participants will deepen their understanding of Unitarian Universalism and its application in their lives. Designed to be fun and engaging, this class also encourages personal reflection and values clarification.
OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)
Ages: Grades 7 and 8
Location: Room 5
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of sexuality and values education curricula, designed to provide age appropriate information, support and discussion. The OWL curricula were developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Assocation and the United Church of Christ, and are secular, with optional faith overlays for UU and UCC settings.
This year we offer the comprehensive, year-long program for 7th and 8th graders, using the UU overlay to tie the curriculum values of self worth, health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity to our Principles and values. This program supports healthy decision-making and relationships, providing unbiased information in a supportive environment, and supporting family communication, as parents fulfill their roles as the primary sexuality educators for their children.
Advance registration, commitment to regular attendance over the year and parent orientation are required
Time: 11:15 only
Ages: Grades 9 through 12
Location: Room 8
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 and focus of their meetings and activities for the year. The group incorporates the following six aspects of youth programming: youth leadership development, worship, social justice and social action, fellowship and fun, and education and learning.
Youth are encouraged to participate in congregational and district-wide activities, including youth conferences (cons), intergenerational worship, small group ministry, committees, and the Youth Adult Committee.