Where do I take my kids on Sunday?
Kids typically start in the Sanctuary with the adults for the first fifteen minutes of worship. They get to experience some music, our chalice lighting, and a story or wisdom tale that speaks to that day's focus. From there, we send them to their Religous Education classrooms on the third floor. Parents are welcome to help children get settled and then return to worship. RE is offered year round, but the program is expanded for regular church year of Sundays September through June.
We always have nursery care available for those too young for our Religious Education program. The nursery is staffed by a background checked caregiver in a room full of toys and fun for the littlest members of our community.
We also try to have multigenerational worship from time to time, where there is no separate classroom experience for kids, but rather the whole family stays together in the Sanctuary to worship together. These services are published ahead of time!
Why do I take my kids on Sunday?
We believe that young people have spiritual lives that need to be nurtured and attended to. Religious Education at First Unitarian Philadelphia strives to instill children with an understanding of Unitarian Universalist principles about the dignity and worth of all beings and our responsibility to do right by others and the planet. We believe children should make decisions for themselves but not by themselves--we are here to help!
Exploring your faith together can strengthen family bonds and underscore the messages and values that you as parents are already teaching. We want you to feel that you are not alone in raising good people!
What if my kids are younger than Kindergarten?
We offer nursery programming for infants through Kindergarten age. Our nursery staff ensures that the littlest ones have a safe and nurturing environment until adult worship in the sanctuary is completed.
What if my kids are older than 6th grade?
For those in grades 7-9, we will be offering Our Whole Lives from October through April. OWL is a fact-based, sexuality education curriculum designed to empower young people to make choices based on their values and their safety. Led by two trained facilitators, OWL is a life-saving and life-changing class that has made a big difference in the lives of those who took the program. If you think this might be good for your teen, please register here: https://forms.gle/cxGksjg5kHxXTfyP9
Sounds great! How do I sign up?
For regular Sunday RE for those in K-6th grade, please fill out the registration form here: https://forms.gle/SXe9fsnni8aYo5Ju6
Be in touch with our Minister of Faith Formation, Rev. Hannah Capaldi, with any questions or concerns. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.