Children and Youth
Welcome to our children’s education program. The Religious Education Program at UUCV is designed to give children and youth the tools and education they need to make their own choices, provide spiritual connections, build a community, and enrich our world. We seek to create a safe and loving community that appreciates diversity and is a place to have deep conversations in a culture of open hearts and minds.
Children and Youth will begin the morning in worship in the Sanctuary with families and congregation members for the chalice lighting, songs, and then Story for All Ages. After this, youth will walk together to the RE Building where everyone will have a chance to expand their knowledge of the wider world. We will split into groups by age and each group will be guided by our team of Religious Education volunteers and our Director of Religious Education. Caregivers will come to the RE Building to pick up their youth after worship is over. Each year we to ask families to register their children to participate in the program.
For our youngest children up to five, we have childcare available during worship. You can drop your child off in the nursery in the Sanctuary building before worship begins and you will be given a silent pager in case you are needed. Children will enjoy free play, art activities or sensory bins if they wish, and a snack.
For youth aged 11-18, Youth Group will be meeting a few times a month on Wednesdays from 7-8pm. Make sure to check the calendar. Youth are welcome to join us for evenings filled with fun, conversation, snacks, service projects, and games!
Our Whole Lives
During certain years, our RE program will offer Our Whole Lives sessions. Liberal religious sexuality education gives children, youth, and adults a safe forum in which to make meaning of their lives. Participants learn to feel positive about themselves and their sexuality while they clarify their values, apply their values to their experiences, and gain knowledge about their bodies, feelings, and behaviors.
Our Whole Lives takes a holistic view of sexuality. It provides accurate, age appropriate information while helping people clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
Our Whole Lives values:
- Sexual Health
- Justice and Inclusivity
We welcome visitors and are glad to meet with families interested in learning more about what it means to be UU. Contact our Director of Religious Education at email@example.com or call the church at 360-695-1891 use extension 4 to reach the DRE.