Children and Youth

Announcements

Welcome our new Director of Faith Formation, Yvonne Wilken!

We are thrilled to announce that Yvonne Wilken will be our new Director of Faith Formation and Religious Education beginning this summer. Read a more about Yvonne and her hire in our announcement to the congregation.


FFRE Volunteers

Do you have kids in our RE program or an interest in the formation of young Unitarian Universalists? Throughout the year, our Religious Education ministry continues to look for all types of volunteers. Contact our Ministerial Resident Aaron Norris for more information or go to the FFRE signup page.

Come Play with Us! Nursery Team Sign Up.

We thank all of our volunteers for completing this FFRE_Background_Check_Form.


Faith Formation and Religious Education (FFRE)
Programming for Children and Youth

We offer programming for all ages Sunday at 10:00 a.m. during the worship service at Hamilton Middle School.

Click to expand a description of each age group.

Nursery & Preschool

In the nursery and preschool room, our priority is to ensure that children feel safe and secure. Trained and loving staff and volunteer caregivers ensure consistent and quality care. We have a variety of toys and books for the ages served, and we offer activities based on a UUA curriculum for children starting around 3.5 years old or any toddler who will engage and enjoy the activities.

The nursery opens at 9:45 on Sunday mornings – and 15 minutes before services and classes/events with childcare provided. Please pick up your child(ren) promptly following programming or services, as childcare ends 15 minutes after services/events.

Learn more about our childcare and preschool program.

K-5th Grade: Soul Matters

Our children in grades Kindergarten through 5th are exploring the same themes explored by the larger congregation during worship services, themes we take from Soul Matters Sharing Circles.

This year our whole church will be engaged in a national conversation with other UU congregations around monthly worship themes outlined in Soul Matters. Among hundreds of congregations across North America signed up for the program, other Colorado congregations committed include: Jefferson Unitarian, Namaqua UU Congregation, Columbine UU Church, High Plains Church, Boulder Valley UU Fellowship, UU Church of Boulder,Foothills Unitarian Church, and UU Church of Greeley.

Not only do we plan to explore these themes in our worship, we are bringing them into our children’s classroom. Each month Soul Matters offers children’s RE lessons and ideas for children’s chapel related to the theme. What this means is there will be a connection between what our children are getting each Sunday with what our adults are getting in worship and with what our children and their peers and around the state and nation are getting.

This is exactly why this curriculum was chosen: it works for multi-age groups and promotes family discussion at home. Breakout groups will be dependent on volunteer teaching teams.

Learn more about our programming for elementary school-aged children.

6-7th Grade: Neighboring Faiths

Neighboring Faiths is a two year curriculum which explores the differences and similarities of our faith neighbors, as well as our own Unitarian Universalist faith and history through the tapestry of faith curriculum entitled Building Bridges.

Each month our class will engage with one faith through workshop experiences that may include guest speakers, field trips, and an inquiry process meant to facilitate faith discovery, cultural appreciation, and spiritual development.

Throughout, there will be opportunities to learn and live our Unitarian Universalist principles and values.

Consistent student participation is very important to make this class effective. Not only will the material be covered over multiple Sundays, but it is important that youth build trust and community amongst themselves.

Learn more about programming for youth.

8th Grade: Coming of Age

The Coming of Age (CoA) program is designed to honor the transition between childhood and youth. This vibrant class is a transformative experience that includes learning, growing, ritual, and celebration. Our goals are to:

  1. Provide youth with the tools to begin intentionally shaping their own spiritual lives
  2. Encourage youth to create their own “empowering stories”
  3. Create a space and time for deep authentic relationships among youth, mentors, and the congregation

The culmination of the class is a two night Vision Quest Retreat where they youth spend quiet time (away from electronics) to explore their own beliefs. These beliefs are then turned into Belief Statements or Credos which are shared with the congregation in the CoA Service in which they are: welcomed into the congregation as youth, bridged into the YRUU youth group, and eligible for membership. It is an experience that youth and parents alike rave about.

To get the most out of the class, consistent weekly participation is strongly encouraged. The youth need to be able to create trusting relationships with their advisors, mentors, and fellow classmates.

Learn more about programming for youth.

High School: YRUU

YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) is composed of youth and adult advisors. Through youth-adult partnership, this community decides, schedules and plans their events and activities based on community bonding, social justice, spirituality, and connections across generations. Our respect of each other and our covenant provides all of our youth with a safe place to share thoughts and feelings, explore, learn, and build life-long friendships.

On Sundays at 10:00 a.m., our youthful community explores the monthly worship themes of the larger congregation. Using a variety of curriculum and resources, all are encouraged to examine and share their views in an atmosphere of openness, honesty, tolerance, understanding, and acceptance of diversity. Activities, games and hands-on experiences also help build community within and reaching out into the wider world.

Learn more about YRUU programming and youth conferences.


PROGRAM LINKS AND RESOURCES

FFRE Registration Form 2017-2018

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