Frequently Asked Questions
Is childcare available?
Yes. We offer childcare for toddlers and preschoolers in Starr King (located in lower campus) on Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Our childcare program is staffed by two experienced adults and children have the option of participating in a spotlight activity or playing freely.
What can my child(ren) do during services?
During both our 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services, following Time for All Ages, children under 10 years old can attend Children’s Time in Starr King. Children and youth 10 years and older will remain in service and have the option of participating as ushers, greeters or even chalice lighters!
What is Children’s Time?
Children’s Time is where our children 9 years old and younger have the option of participating in fun “one-off” activities and games or playing and building friendships.
Can children under 10 stay for the service?
Babies and young children are welcome to stay in the service with family. We have coloring sheets and crayons available near the entrance to the sanctuary, grab some! If your family feels the need to step away from the service for a moment, please feel free to step into Parish Hall where you should be able to continue listening.
What programs do you offer children?
We offer Religious Education programming for PreK-8th grade on Sunday mornings. This year, children and youth will be Scouting our UU Values, Principles and Sources. We believe in honoring multiple intelligences and unique learning styles and above all, that learning should be inclusive and fun. Our Scouting program is an exploration-based program utilizing a variety of activities to support all children in their growth and understanding of what is important to them and their wider UU community.
What about programming for high schoolers?
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) is our high school group which meets from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Sundays. In addition to fun trips and rewarding service projects, YRUU gathers to explore and share their questions and answers about life, relationships, spirit, and social justice.
What is Middle Hour?
Middle Hour is when our Religious Education program happens, between the two services. Beginning September 11, our Sunday services will be held at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. This means children’s programming will be from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
How can I participate with my child?
Throughout the year we host a variety of family friendly, multigenerational events—most are held during Middle Hour. Beginning October 2, we will offer “Family Circle” on the first Sunday of each month. Parents are welcome to participate in CRE with their children. You might also consider volunteering!
What is Family Circle?
On the first Sunday of the month Rev. Caitlin will lead “Family Circle” during Middle Hour, where families can come together to explore important questions and topics. This will also be where we do things like “button ceremonies” where we award the buttons kids have earned in their “Scouting our Values, Principles, and Sources” program.
What do adults do during Middle Hour?
While their children or youth are having meaningful time with their peers, parents can too! You can find delicious caffeinated beverages, healthy snacks and lots of opportunities to connect in Parish Hall and Garden. Beginning September 11, we’ll also be offering Family Coffee Hour in Jefferson Courtyard, and parents are invited to take this time to enjoy light refreshments and connect with other families. Later on, we’ll experiment with doing newcomer classes and maybe even some discussions and similar exciting things between services. Stay tuned!
Benefits of enrolling your child(ren) in our Religious Education program:
- We will know how to contact you about upcoming events, etc.
- We will know if your child has any medical, allergy, or behavioral needs we should be aware of!
- We can plan our classes accordingly.
- We will have your permission (or not) to provide medical care, take photos, etc.
- You can learn more about volunteering and supporting our amazing cooperative program!
How can I get more involved in Children’s Religious Education?
We encourage adults who have been regularly attending services for at least 6 months to get involved with our programming. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities and suggest those new to the program begin by signing up to support one of our fun, multigenerational events.