Children & Youth Religious Education

Nurturing Young Hearts, Minds & Spirits

Children's RE classes are held every Sunday (except second Sundays) for ages 4–12. Nursery is available for ages 0–3.

Joanne Dingus

A Letter from Joanne

Welcome to the UUFP! We love having visitors in our classes. Your children and youth are invited to share in our special times of learning, sharing, and growing. ​We realize some 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 ready to join a class.

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

In community,

Joanne Dingus, Director of Religious Education

What do children do at RE class?

Many things! We sing silly songs, play games, talk about what happened at school this week, and do some kind of fun craft or art activity. Sometimes, we play outside!

For our lessons, we use the Soul Matters curriculum. With Soul Matters, children are given opportunities to learn and discuss subjects such as kindness, mystery, equity, and belonging at an age-appropriate level.

No RE classes are held on second Sundays. Instead, children are invited to join their parents in the Sanctuary for family worship.

Our Children's RE Area
youth camping outdoors
Three teens smiling. Two are wearing flower crowns.

What do you have for teens?

Our Youth Group, for grades 7–12, typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00–8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary building. They also gather during Sunday Service (except for choir Sundays) at 11 a.m. for socializing and games.

On first Sundays, the youth take field trips in the afternoon. Past field trips have included sorting cans at the food bank, touring the latest exhibit at the Torggler Art Center, and playing mini golf. Occasionally, we arrange special activities on other dates for the youth, such as game nights and lock-ins.

We also offer an age-appropriate, multi-week UUA program on human sexuality called Our Whole Lives (OWL). This program covers topics such as sexual orientation and identity, cultural attitudes toward sex, and healthy relationships. Program start date is announced in advance, and teens must have a consent form signed by a parent to participate.

What about children with special needs?

We want to make our RE program a safe and positive experience for them! Let us know if your child or youth has any physical, emotional, or sensory concerns; food or environmental allergies; and any special interests or talents. Please fill out a Visitor Card for each of your children, and include your current cell phone number so we can reach you in case of an emergency.

Paper forms are available at the Welcome Station in the UUFP lobby.

Nursery attendant Mary Cotton assists a little girl with an art project.
A boy holds up a painting he made at Kids Day In.

What else is available?

Kids Day In: An afternoon of crafts and games for children ages 4–12. It’s held in the UUFP Sanctuary Building on second Sundays from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to drop off their kids for an afternoon of fun and friendship. Older youth are encouraged to stay and assist the younger kids with their activities.

We do not provide food at this event, so if your child needs a lunch or snack, please have them bring one. For the safety of all, please avoid snacks that contain airborne allergens.

Connected Parents Support Group: For parents, step-parents, grandparents and guardians who wish to support one another in the adventure of parenting. This group meets on third Sundays from 12:30–2:30 p.m. in the sitting area outside the Sanctuary.

Holiday Celebrations: Special events such as a Spring Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat, Pumpkinpalooza and a Day of Gratitude, and our winter Festival of the Season!

Be sure to confirm all dates, times, and details on our Events Calendar.

Can I teach or assist with an RE class?

Absolutely! Our RE program is growing, and we always need extra hands. If you’re interested in helping out, simply email Joanne or fill out our Engage in Service form.

Joanne with RE class