“Sunday School”- We call it Religious Exploration! (RE)

For Kids 5+: Each Sunday from 10 to 10:45, downstairs in Room 2. Followed by 11am multi-generational service in the Upstairs Sanctuary.

Lead Teacher: Stephanie Bentley, always with at least one other adult volunteer to support.

Current Curriculum: FAITH JOURNEYS… “Participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action. Through sessions structured around the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Faithful Journeys demonstrates that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals can affirm with many kinds of action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs.”

For more information, go here https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/journeys

Questions and concerns about CRE? Interested in serving as a volunteer with this class? Email Stephanie Bentley at stephmacbentley@gmail.com

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

Activities

Our Sunday morning program for children consists of the following activities:

  • Workshops
  • Stories
  • Discussions
  • Games
  • Arts and Crafts

Church Youth Group

UUFF is in exploration to form a new Youth Group (6-8th grade) who together regularly to support one another’s interests and accomplishments, learn and enforce the core values, and to just have a some fun. They would meet Sunday’s at 10am, plus other times as agreed!

Some of the things we would do in the 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! 

The Nursery, offering care from 9:45am-12pm each Sunday for children newly born through age four or so, is led by our Nursery Coordinator, Taylor Hogue with a nursery staff.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEAM

UUFF’s RE leadership team consists of Brooke Eldredge (adult RE), Stephanie Bentley (CRE), Teresa Youngblood (COA), and Theresa Parrish (OWL), with Adele Coleman as head. The function of the RE Team is to provide continuity and support for all RE teachers.