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.
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.
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. We use elements of the Bringing the Web to Life program to guide our discussions. We often arrange special activities and outings for the youth on evenings and weekends, including 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 or a Registration Form for your children, and include your current cell phone number so we can reach you in case of an emergency.
Completed forms can be submitted at the Welcome Station in the UUFP lobby or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 our single parents, step-parents and parents needing emotional support, this group meets on third Sundays from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the sitting area outside the Sanctuary.
Be sure to confirm dates, times, and details on our Events Calendar.