The UU Fayetteville “Sunday School” program is actually referred to as Religious Exploration or RE, and during the school year, we meet about 2 Sundays per month during the 11 o’clock service (the other Sundays offer a multi-generational 11am service which children attend). Kids 5+ are invited to join us as we explore together a curriculum titled “Signs of Our Faith.”
Please register your kid at the following link: Registration. If you have any questions, you may contact Alyson Ballew.
RE depends on member and friend participation! There are several ways to help the program in short or long term ways. Fill out the RE helper survey at: “I’ll Help RE” or contact Alyson Ballew for more information.
Children’s & Youth Ministry Explained
The religious exploration program at UUFF exists to cultivate our children and youth’s capacity to love radically, wonder continually, and change the world with acts of bravery and compassion. We do this using the tools of our historic and progressive faith, Unitarian Universalism, and within the covenanted church community of UUFF.
As individuals our core values underlie everything we say and do, and how we behave. We believe values are taught and caught. That is why UU religious education for children is focused on teaching and establishing core values early on to build a solid foundation for future leaders.
Values taught by UU religious education for children are inspired by our UU Principles:
- The importance and uniqueness of each person and family
- Fairness and kindness in all our interactions
- Spiritual growth
- Lifelong learning
- Democracy and a voice for all people
- A world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
- Respect and careful tending of our shared Earth home
Our Sunday morning program for children consists of the following activities:
- Arts and Crafts
Church Children’s & Youth Group
Children’s & youth groups at UU Fayetteville are very similar to other church groups. We get together regularly to support one another’s interests and accomplishments, to learn and enforce the core values, and to just have a little fun.
Some of the things we do in the Children’s & Youth Group include attending theater performances – many times in which one of our children or youth is performing. We enjoy going on group hikes, and other fun outdoor activities. And we also like to host movie and pizza nights at the church.
These kind of activities depend on our members and friends caring for and participation to provide activities for our youth. Sign up to get to know our youth, and help them learn the UU values by your example! Sign up Here: I’ll Help RE!
TYPICAL SUNDAY SCHEDULE
At 11:20 on most Sunday mornings, the children are “sung out” of the 11 a.m. service and follow the instructor(s) downstairs.
- The Nursery, for children newly born through age four or so, led by our Nursery Coordinator, Taylor Hogue.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEAM
The Religious Education Team is chaired by Alyson Ballew. You can reach Alyson by contacting the office at email@example.com. The RE Team provides support for the paid religious educator, and also plans special RE offerings and events, such as Camp UU, parties and holiday services. If you have any interest in participating in the RE program – if you want to be a team member or if you want to offer an hour a month of your time – please contact Alyson and we will find a volunteer opportunity that interests you!