Programming is available for children in pre-school through 12th grade during the 10:00 AM services. All groups begin in Fellowship Hall. Children (pre-school – 8th grade) are escorted down the stairs at the conclusion of the “Children’s Focus” – a time in the service when a short Unitarian Universalist message is shared with the congregation. Youth (9th – 12th grade) will then go to the Cottage. Sometimes this schedule will change, as for RE Worship Circles, multi-age RE programming, multi-generational Services, or other special events. Greeters are always available in the Sanctuary to help visitors feel comfortable.
Childcare for babies and children through age three is available during the service. The nursery room is located downstairs in the main building (Sanctuary). It is staffed by an early childhood educator and an assistant. Childcare is also available during Multi-generational services.
The doors to the Ridge House are locked for security during Religious Education program hours. Parents/Caregivers are given access to the door key code and the Greeters are also available to help visiting families to gain access to the building.
Religious Education sessions conclude at 11:30 AM after the 10:00 AM service.
Children in grades K-5 are often brought upstairs to the Sanctuary for refreshments by their group leaders. Families are welcome to go downstairs (prek-5th grades) or go to the Ridge House (6th-12th grades) to pick up their children at the conclusion of the Religious Education session and, of course, are always welcome to visit our classrooms.
We are committed to maintaining the safest atmosphere possible for the children, youth and adults at our congregation. To that end, all of our Religious Education volunteers go through a background check in accordance with our congregation’s Safe Congregation Policy. All of our groups have at least two adult volunteers present at all times.
All of our children and youth – regardless of the curricular focus of the year or of their particular group – learn to frame their experiences in the world according to the Seven Principles that all Unitarian Universalist congregations together affirm and promote. They also gain experience in our shared “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from many sources.