Welcome to the Religious Education Program
for Children and Youth!


Visit Events Calendar, Google Calendar & COVID/Zoom Update for temporarily adjusted schedules and online access.
Sunday Children & Youth Chapel at 12:10 p.m.

Please also visit Children & Youth Religious Education for more information about our programs and events that can help you and your family feel welcome and connected.


A Letter From Joanne

Joanne Dingus, UUFP director of religious education, with daughter Jaimie Dingus, pastor of the UU Church of Huntsville in Alabama

Welcome to the UUFP! We love having visitors join in our classes. You and your children and youth are welcome in our classes. ​We realize children and youth may be hesitant to go to a new class by themselves so feel free to join them.

​They are also welcome to stay in the worship service with you until they feel comfortable joining a class.

I look forward to supporting your childrens' faith exploration. Thank you for letting us share in your child’s spiritual journey.

In community,

Joanne Dingus, Director of Religious Education

 


 

Please take a moment to fill out the Visitor Card below with your child's information, and give it to your child's teacher on Sunday, or e-mail it to the Director of Education, Joanne.

Child Visitor Card

Our RE Schedule

Our children gather in the "Caum Room" for Sunday morning classes.

Please join us for our online Sunday service via Zoom (11:00 a.m. – noonish), and stay for Children and Youth Chapel for meditation, check-in and a story. After service concludes, we will keep the Zoom room open for about a half hour so that you can share how you're doing and see some familiar faces from your RE classes. This is open for all ages, nursery through high school.

Our Typical Morning Schedule Once Onsite Activities Resume

9:15 – 12:15 Nursery Care (Ages 0 – 3)
9:30 – 10:30 Soul Matters (multi-age class)
10:45 – 11:15 Fellowship (Enjoy a light snack)
11:15 – 12:15 Spirit Players (ages 3 – 7)
11:15 – 12:15 Soulful Kids (ages 8 – 10)
11:15 – 12:15 Youth Matters (Middle & High School)

We have the perfect place for our children to learn and play, with a fenced-in area right outside. Plus, a nursery for babies.


Our weekly Sunday Children's Focus during worship services inspire listeners of all ages to become our best selves!

 

What to Expect on Sunday

(ONCE ONSITE ACTIVITIES RESUME)

Every Sunday, members and visitors meet in the common room of the main sanctuary to mingle before both services (9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.). You will be greeted by a member of our Hospitality team (they will be wearing a white stole) when you walk in. Our team can help familiarize you with our morning's schedule. Please also visit our Children & Youth Religious Education page for expanded information about our program.

First service (9:30 a.m.)

All children and youth are invited to start in the sanctuary for the first part of the service up until Children's Focus, a story for all ages that connects with the sermon topic of the day. After Children's Focus, 3 – 11 year-olds may leave to go to an RE class in the Caum Room. Older youth may remain in the service. Our 9:30 class is generally a small group of children, ages 3 – 12. If your child likes a quieter atmosphere with more one-on-one attention, a class they can attend with a different aged sibling, this may be a good choice for them.
 

Second Service (11:15 a.m.)

Middle and High School students go directly to class while younger children participate in the service through Children's Focus, and then depart to their designated class. Refer to our Children & Youth Religious Education page for information about what's going on this Sunday.

 

Nursery

In addition to our classes for 3 – 18 year olds, we have a nursery that is staffed by Mary-Elizabeth and Bill Cotton. This is a safe and fun place for your infants and toddlers to visit during Sunday services. If you prefer to keep your toddler or infant with you in the service, that is also fine. We also have a sitting room outside the sanctuary with speakers so you can hear the service. A changing table is located in the nursery.

​What else is available?

In addition to our weekly Sunday morning classes, we offer Youth Group for middle and high school age students on Wednesdays, from 7:00 - 8:30 via Zoom and look forward to gathering in the future once onsite activities resume. Throughout the year, we will have different social events sponsored by RE. I encourage you to attend these events and check out the events calendar for other family friendly events, e.g., Game Nights and Soup Socials. You may also find updates on the UUFP and UUFP RE Facebook groups.

What if my child needs special assistance?

Whether a first time or seasoned RE student, we need to know how to make our program a safe and positive experience. We encourage you to let us know if your child/youth has food or environmental allergies, has physical, emotional, sensory concerns, and any special interests or talents. Please ensure we have a completed Visitor Card or an Information Form for each of your children with an updated cell phone number so we can reach you in case of emergency.

​Are there opportunities for adults to volunteer to teach?

We love our volunteers. Whether you would like to help once a month or once a year, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities available. So please let us know what your interests are, and we’ll find the right place for you to help. We would also like to know what other groups or events you and your family would like to see happen at the Fellowship. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at re@uufp.org, or attend an RE Committee meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

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