Programs for Children and Youth

This 2020-2021 church year our vision of religious education is focused on equipping families with resources to engage in faith formation at home. This takes a variety of forms, including at-home materials and Zoom-based programs and events. Read below to see the groups and events we’ll be offering this year.

For more information about any of the information below, please contact Melody Moberg or Aria Curtis.


Sundays

Children’s Chapel, 11:15 a.m.–Noon

Children’s Chapel is a dynamic space, where elementary-aged children can experience age-appropriate worship and spiritual practice with their peers and parents, while also exploring who they are in this world. This includes music, sharing of Joys and Sorrows, stories, and cooperative activities and games. This year, Children’s Chapel will be focusing thematically on experiences of Wonder and Awe, and race and racial identity.

Children’s Chapel is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th grade and their parents and siblings. To join, please contact Aria Curtis at aria.curtis@uuchurch.org.

Youth Chapel, 11:15 a.m.–Noon

Youth chapel provides age-appropriate worship and companionship to students from 6th-12th grade.  This participatory service provides centering, ritual, and opportunities to spiritually deepen through reflection, games and art.

Youth Chapel is open to youth in grade 6 through 12. To join, please contact Melody Moberg at melody.moberg@uuchurch.org


Offline (non-Zoom) Opportunities

Traveling Chalice Box
Open wicker basket with stuffed hedgehog, books, chalice, cloth and "jewels"

The Traveling Chalice Box includes an altar cloth, a special chalice, a book of readings and poems, Hollis the Hedgehog, and a journal to record their activities in. Each week the Traveling Chalice Box will go to a new family and children will be invited to share about the adventures and learning they did with Hollis the Hedgehog on Sundays in Children’s Chapel.

Sign up to receive the Traveling Chalice Box through UUC Connect, by clicking here.

Onsite Family Chapel

November 16, 2020: In light of Governor Jay Inslee’s recent statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country, we are cancelling these until further notice.

This is an opportunity for UUC families to see one another, check-in, and experience important Unitarian Universalist rituals together, onsite and outside at our church home. This Family Chapel will include a chalice lighting, joys and sorrows, grounding body meditation, and a special activity or two. This opportunity is available twice per month, on a Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.  Sign up to participate through UUC Connect. 

Please note: This event is limited to 5 families and will last no longer than 45 minutes. Masks are required and we’ll stay outside for the event’s entirety. In order to ensure that children have an opportunity to see their church friends, this event is open only to families with children in RE.


Ongoing Groups

Parent Covenant Group

Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 8:30-9:30 p.m. via Zoom
Open to parents with children in RE of any age and is open to drop-ins

The Parent Covenant Group will meet via Zoom to share about and discuss parenting with a UU lens, parenting in the pandemic, child development, fostering joy, rituals, media and more.

Fill out this form on UUC Connect to let Aria know you’ll be coming and to receive the Zoom link.

Parents of Preschoolers Covenant Group

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. This group is open to parents of infants-1st graders

The Parents of Preschoolers Covenants Group will use the materials provided by Jen Shattuck in the POP! curriculum to support parents of preschool-age children in navigating parenthood, developing relationships with other UUC parents with children of the same age, and nurturing and sustaining your spirit. We’ll also discuss other topics like, child development, social development and mental health during the pandemic, and more. 

The Parents of Preschoolers Covenant Group is not open to drop-in visits, but parents are welcome to join at any time throughout the year. After signing up with this form, you’ll receive an email from Aria with information about the next meeting, the group covenant, and any other materials you might need.

Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators

Sundays, October 4–December 13, 2020, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

In a small group setting, adults explore their roles as the most important sexuality educators their children will have.

Ten sessions invite parents and caregivers to explore their role as the primary sexuality educators of their elementary through teen age children. The 90-minute sessions use a small group ministry format to engage adults in topics including Gender Identity, Relationships, Social Media, and Consent. 

This group is open to parents of children of all ages.  Unitarian Universalist Congregations are discouraged from offering Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education in an online-only format.  Because we are not able to offer OWL for 8th grade students this year, parents of current 8th graders are strongly encouraged to enroll in this class.

To join Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators, please sign up through UUC Connect by clicking here.

Coming of Age

Our next Coming of Age program is postponed to the 2021-2022 church year. We hope that we can then offer an in-person program. All students who would have participated in Coming of Age this year are invited to do it next year alongside the students who will be current ninth graders.

Sundays, January 3–May 16, 2021, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Coming of Age is a rite of passage program for 9th grade students.  The purpose of Coming of Age is to celebrate the transition from childhood to the ‘thundering years’ of adolescence, when students consider who they are, and why they are here.  Coming of Age culminates in a solo wilderness vigil, the writing of a faith statement, and a worship service presented to the congregation.

Coming of Age is open to youth in 9th grade. For more information, please contact Melody Moberg at melody.moberg@uuchurch.org

Anti-Racism Parent Book Group

1st and 3rd Sundays of the month beginning on September 20, 2020, 8:00–9:30 p.m.

This covenantal book group invites parents and caregivers to explore raising children through anti-racist lens. Like the Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators group, this Anti-Racism Parent Book Group uses a small group ministry format to explore race and parenting. We’ll start by reading So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.

This group is open to parents of children of all ages. Sign up for the Anti-Racism Parent Book Group through UUC Connect, by clicking here


Special Holiday Events

About once a month, in hour-long sessions, families are invited to learn together about the world’s religions and traditions through the lens of holidays. Participants will explore the common values and questions present in religious traditions from around the world.

These specially scheduled events are open to UUC members of all ages and center the learning and experience of children and youth. For more information, please contact Aria Curtis aria.curtis@uuchurch.org

  • Friday, September 25, 2020, 7:00–8:00 p.m.: What are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?
  • Saturday, October 31, 10:00–11:00 a.m.: What do Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, and Halloween all have in common?
  • Friday, November 13, 7:00–8:00 p.m.: What is Diwali?
  • Friday, January 15, 2021, 7:00–8:00 p.m.: What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
  • Friday, February 12, 7:00–8:00 p.m.: What are Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday?
  • Friday, March 26, 7:00–8:00 p.m.: What is Holi?
  • Friday, April 16, 7:00–8:00 p.m.: What is Earth Day?
  • Friday, May 7, 7:00–8:00 p.m.: What is Eid al-Fitr?