Programs for Children and Youth
Welcome and Introduction
The children of our congregation are literally the future of our community. There are many questions in life that come at all stages, especially childhood. We seek to nurture their spiritual and emotional growth with compassion and understanding, knowing that how these important questions are answered can shape who they become.
Visitors – While we understand that you may not want to register your child upon your first few visits, please be sure to let the teachers know of any allergies (food, bee stings, etc.) or learning or behavioral issues the teachers may encounter, so they can properly care for and guide your children.
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Amber Peterson at 302-853-0846 or email her.
Nursery and Kindergarten (Infants through age 5)
During Sunday worship services, our Nursery – Kindergarten Program is available for infants and young children through age 5. A paid staff member and adult helpers provide nurturing care for infants and offer a theme-based curriculum of stories, activities, and free playtime in a safe environment for little ones. Monthly themes focus on topics such as patience, being fair, and kindness.
If you have an infant or toddler, you have several options, including:
- Allowing the teachers to care for your child while you begin worship service
- Staying with your child in the nursery to be sure your child is comfortable
- Attending the worship service with your child
- Sitting with your child in the foyer, where you can hear the service if your child is too active to stay in the sanctuary.
Whether you are nursing or bottle-feeding, infants are welcome to be fed during the service in the Sanctuary or wherever you are most comfortable.
Older Children and Youth
Children in grades 1-5 will enjoy our Faithful Journeys program. This is a Tapestry of Faith curriculum provided by the UUA, our national faith association. Our children explore how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. Through historic and current stories of real Unitarian Universalists, children learn what it means to put their faith into action. We use activities as well as team-building and role-playing games to help our children explore concepts like how to stand up for what they believe in, show kindness to others, and have respect for all living things.
Our Middle School children (grades 6-9) are focusing on Love Connects Us – a Tapestry of Faith curriculum provided by the UUA, our national faith association. The program celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community where we support each other and work together for the common good. We encourage one another’s search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making, acts of social justice, and other efforts to improve our world. Children learn how their actions create a new heritage of connecting in love that will shape the faith of future generations.
Our Youth (grades 10 and up) are further developing their faith by attending the adult worship service, with support offered afterward by our Teen Mentors. Each week there is a Teen Mentor available, with a green badge for easy identification, to assist teens with processing what they heard in the service, if the teens choose. The Teen Mentor can answer questions or just chat about the service or world events that might be concerning to our teens.
The youth are also asked from time to time to take an active part in the worship service by lighting our chalice or doing a reading. These activities are strictly voluntary but we hope by taking part, they will continue to feel a strong connection to our church community.