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Religious Education
Children and Youth

At First Church, we accompany our children in their spiritual development, encouraging them to question, wonder, and develop their own religious beliefs while confirming the religious values that we share.

  • Summer Religious Education for children and youth is available from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Excellent Nursery care for those 3 and under is offered from 9:00-1:00 pm
  • Please register your child either on line or on a Sunday morning at church

Pencil Religious Education - Registration Form for Children and Youth

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Summer Sunday Morning Programs for Children & Youth

From June 11 – August 20, we have a different Summer Sunday schedule. Class runs while adults are in the church service, from 10:00-11:00 am.

10:00-11:00 am All ages of children and youth (Fireside Room)

Wellsprings of Faith – Imagine a water source beneath the earth’s surface that springs up in different places.  The water is from the same underground stream, but the way it comes up and where it comes up are different.  Spirituality is a connection that runs through us all and different religions and spiritual ideas spring up from this shared deep connection.

Our program will run every week from June 11-Aug 20, except on June 25 when we will have a Multi-generational service. Families participate together in: “Imagination” – we will celebrate and encourage our creative, lively, fun selves to come out and play.

Looking forward to seeing you whenever you are in town!

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Join Us Every Sunday!

Children of all ages are always welcome to stay with their families in the sanctuary during worship.

Nursery care is available for babies and toddlers from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Quiet boxes are available in the vestibule while the children are in church.

After the service, please pick up your children  in the Fireside room by joining us for our singing Closing Circle.

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Special Events & Activities for Children & Youth

  • Pumpkin CarvingClosing Circle - Each Sunday, the children from Preschool through 5th Grade end their session with 10 minutes of community singing in the Fireside Room.
  • Service Auction Project - Each year the children make a craft project that is contributed to the church's Service Auction.
  • Group Photo - Each year we take a snap shot of our children, youth and teachers at 10:30. Photos from past years are hung in Stairway "A."
  • Pumpkin Carving - On the Sunday preceding Halloween, families gather in the Crane Fireside Room during Religious Education for Children time to carve or decorate pumpkins.
  • Christmas Eve Service - The early service on Christmas Eve is designed with children in mind. Dec. 24th.
  • Kite Day - In early spring, we leave after church for a city park to picnic and fly kites together. The Older Youth usually provide the food as a fundraiser for their activities.
  • Easter Social Action Project - We have an annual drive for paper and canned goods. It culminates in an Easter Parade to take the goods to a nearby service organizations.
  • Water Ceremony - Each year, as members and friends return from summer adventures, they bring water to add to a communal bowl that represents the flowing together of our lives in this spiritual community.
  • Bread Communion - The Sunday before Thanksgiving families and individuals are encouraged to bring bread from their ethnic or cultural tradition to share during a lively and delightful service of thanks.
  • Feast of All Good Children - This annual ceremony honors the transitions of our children and youth as they move up to the next grade in school and our Religious Education program. We create one great cake from many sheet cakes and symbolically jump to the next level, and honoring the changes inherent in growing up.
  • Youth activities are too various to list. This year there will be three weekend Rallies, conferences run by and for the youth. Ask a youth to tell you what else they are involved in!

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Are classes at First Church like Sunday School at other churches?  Yes and no. The structure is similar, but the content is different from many churches. In all our Religious Education classes, we seek to nurture continuous growth, keen, open minds, and compassionate hearts. We provide active support for people's spiritual journeys, but do not presume to provide ultimate answers.

Where do children go first?  During the summer, take your child directly to the Fireside room before church begins. During the school year, children go to the sanctuary first, but during the summer, we will begin in the classroom.

Is there a fee for Religious Education?  No. Religious Education plays an essential role in faith development and spiritual growth for children and adults throughout their lives. As such, RE is provided free of charge by this faith community. Pledges and contributions to support the vital work of this congregation are encouraged and gladly accepted.


Do I need to register my children?  Yes, all families are asked to register their children each year. If you are visiting, welcome to our faith home. We ask you to register for the safety of your child(ren The registration form is online at http://tinyurl.com/RE-Regis or you can pick up a Registration Form from your child’s teachers.

What should my children wear?  Dressing casually is fine; so is dressing up. Wear what will make you comfortable and will help you and your children feel ready to focus, participate, and enjoy Sunday morning.

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Philosophy of Religious Education

Mission Statement: We will provide our children with opportunities to grow spiritually, develop a sense of personal and social responsibility, and experience joy, as a central part of a loving Unitarian Universalist community.

How We Fulfill Our Mission

  • Teaching about the world's religions, including our own
  • Fostering social responsibility and personal growth
  • Helping them to find their own spiritual paths
  • Teaching them in a safe environment
  • Providing activities and rituals
  • Integrating our children into our church community and the greater UU fellowship

Description of Philosophy

Our religious education program for children and youth provides children ages 3 to 18 opportunities to learn about our Unitarian Universalist Identity, Sources of Inspiration and history; issues of peace and social justice; and the interdependent web of nature. They have an opportunity to put UU principles into action through service projects.

We believe that the overarching goal of Unitarian Universalist Religious Education is to provide the children and youth with the ability to determine their own spiritual beliefs and discover their ethical compass. In order to help them on this quest, we provide lessons based on the wisdom of many faith traditions and a community where discussion and questioning are not only allowed, but actively encouraged.

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Our Leadership

Carol Burrus

Our Religious Educator, Carol Burrus, oversees our Religious Education Programs for children, youth and adults. She brings a wealth of professional experience in non-profit volunteer coordination, family therapy and elementary music education, as well as education in psychology, social work and teaching. Carol enjoys creating programs that take individual members and families toward personal and spiritual growth, build our church community and lead us into new possibilities for ourselves and the world beyond our walls. She can be contacted by telephone at 713-526-5200 or by email at carol@firstuu.org.

Our Childcare Coordinator is Deborah Gray.   Our childcare personnel are available every Sunday morning from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. Deborah can be contacted at childcare@firstuu.org

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Updated: June 04, 2017