Welcome to the Religious Education Program
for Children and Youth!


Sunday Morning RE class is held at 9:30 in person and on Zoom. Please contact Joanne Dingus at dre@uufp.org for Zoom link.
Please also visit Children & Youth Religious Education and the UUFP Events Calendar 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.

Our RE Schedule

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

We have designed our Sunday services this year to be interactive and family friendly. Each week we’ll explore a topic through stories and activities and a time of sharing. They are held in person and on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. Login information is on our church calendar.

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

Religious Education (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.):

Every Sunday, while members and visitors gather in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. for the Adult Sunday Forum religious education/exploration class, children and youth are invited to RE classes in the back classroom of the sanctuary building.

Please visit our Children & Youth Religious Education page for expanded information about our program.

Sunday Service (11:00 a.m.)

Members and visitors are invited to meet in the common room of the main sanctuary to mingle before the Sunday service at 11:00 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.

Children and Youth are encouraged to attend Sunday service with their families for an interactive experience. Generally early in the service, the weekly "Children's Focus" is shared—a story for all ages that connects with the sermon topic of the day.

 

Nursery

Our Nursery is staffed by Mary-Elizabeth Cotton from 9:15 – 12:15 to give parents a chance to go to Forum and Service each Sunday. This is a safe and fun place for your infants and toddlers. 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 the third Tuesdays, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary building. 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 with any questions or comments.

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