Children's Faith Development

Family Worship
Children come to the first part of the service with their parents. This is a special time of thankfulness, wonder, and celebration that our families can share with the children. After Children's Time, the children go with their teachers to the religious education classes. On potluck Sundays, the children go directly to their classes at the beginning of the service. 

Children’s Chapel
Children in grades K to 3 will work with the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith Curriculum “Love Will Guide Us.” In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?" "What happens when you die?" Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.

Chalice Keepers
The Chalice Keepers (grades 4 to 7) will work with the social action curriculum “Harry and UU.” The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling offers important moral and social values for children, guiding them toward making the right choices. Lessons include dealing with 
bullies, finding friends, and channeling disabilities to find empowerment. This curriculum seeks to help participants learn that change is possible through multiple avenues, and can happen whether the problem is local or worldwide. Students will have the opportunity to make a difference in their community and the world in a meaningful way through hands-on projects that will also teach them social responsibility.

Coming of Age
As our youth transition from the children’s RE classes to the Youth Group and adult worship, we offer a program that explores religious identity and how it relates to community, congregational life, and personal life. This is a mentoring program offered to youth ages 12 to 15 that are interested in some guided self-discovery. 

Senior Bridging
High School seniors will participate in a year-long program marking the transition from youth to young adulthood, culminating in a Bridging Service honoring this transition. The bridging ceremony is an important milestone, not only in the life of an individual, but also in the life of a family and a faith community. It invites parents and congregation members to express their support for the young person's journey while acknowledging the significant changes and feelings the family experiences when a young person moves into adulthood. 

OUR WHOLE LIVES
UUCWV is proud to offer Our Whole Lives, the sexuality curriculum published by the Unitarian Universalist Association. While we believe the parent is the most important sexuality educator, and that sexuality education begins at home, the partnership of family and religious community can strengthen ethical values: affirming the dignity of each individual, promoting justice for all people, and exercising responsibility in interpersonal relationships. Our Whole Lives is offered to Grades K-1, Grades 5-6, and adults.

TEACHERS 
Our Faith Development teachers are volunteers from the congregation. Many teach a complete section of the curriculum, while others choose a particular Sunday to help out. The variety of backgrounds and talents that our teachers bring to the classroom adds richness to the children's experience. The teachers often find that they are learning, too, and find this to be a rewarding experience. 
A list of teaching supplies can be found here.

PARENT PARTICIPATION
Faith Development classes are just a starting point for the children. Parents are encouraged to find out what’s going on in the classroom and continue the discussions and activities at home. Parents are welcome to drop in the classroom or discuss any aspect of faith development with the Faith Development (FD) Committee or the Director of Lifespan Faith Development. We value your input! Parents are also asked to participate in the program through volunteer teaching, curriculum planning, social action projects, and multi-generational events.