Sunday Morning Overview
Not all Sundays follow the same schedule, but most Sundays follow the schedule below:
Sunday Morning Schedule
- 9:45 am — Infants / Toddlers are dropped off downstairs. Jr. High youth make their way upstairs.
- 10:00 am — Families gather in the sanctuary for the start of service.
- 10:15 am — Children are dismissed from the sanctuary, and head to their classrooms.
- 11:00 am — Service lets out. Jr. and Sr. High youth are dismissed. Youth and adults gather for coffee hour.
- 11:15 am — Parents pick up their children from their classrooms. Everyone enjoys coffee hour together.
Classroom and Teacher AssignmentsYour child's classroom and teacher assignments are listed below:
- 0 – 2 yrs: Red and Orange Rooms: Ms. Dana
- PreK – Kindergarten: Yellow Room: Ms. Kymm
- 1st – 3rd Grade: Green Room: Volunteers
- 4th – 5th Grade: Blue Room: Volunteers
- 6th – 8th Grade: Youth Room: Mr. Stephen
- 9th Grade and Up: Youth Room: Denyse Steele (Select Sundays only)
Sunday Morning ProgrammingThe following curricula have been chosen because they align with family programming’s working Core Truths, they utilizes the 4 C’s for faith formation, and they tie-in nicely with our congregation's monthly themes...
PreK – KindergartenCelebrating Me and My World
This curriculum provides preschoolers with experiences and opportunities to grow in trust and caring and to develop their self-identity and sense of connectedness with all of life.
1st – 3rd GradePicture Book UU
This curriculum is fun, friendly and concise with teachable moments that introduce our faith to young children. It’s easy for Teachers to use with: Heart melting picture books as the focus of the session; a clear and simple session plan; and a defined belief, principle or source for each session.
4th – 5th GradeHolidays and Holy Days
With this curriculum, participants will learn about the origins and meanings of holiday and holy day celebrations from our UU history and many world religions, including our Christian/Jewish tradition. Special Note: The Original Holidays and Holy Days, while revolutionary, bordered on cultural misappropriation. The lessons presented this year have been adapted to avoid cultural misappropriation.
Jr. HighRiddle and Mystery
The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist Jr. High youth in their own search for understanding. In each of the sessions youth are introduced to and process a Big Question, such as: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Does God exist? What happens when you die? Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? And, what does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?
Sr. HighSmall Group Ministry
Once a month, youth will meet to engage in small group ministry. All other Sundays, youth will be integrated into the adult world of the congregation.
Beyond Sunday MorningBecause we know your family's needs are not fully met by what we offer on Sunday mornings, here is a list of programming we offer outside of Sunday mornings...
Our Whole LivesOur Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality education program. It covers topics such as anatomy, emotions, relationships, and values. This year, we are offering Jr. High OWL to all 7th – 9th graders, and intermediate OWL to all 5th – 6th graders. Learn more about OWL by visiting the UUA webpage on OWL.
- Jr. High OWL: January – April (specific dates via snail mail in the fall).
- Intermediate OWL: January – March (specific dates via snail mail in the fall).
Roughly once a month our youth (Jr. and Sr. High youth) gather outside of Sunday Morning to build community and conscience. These outings range from fun social gatherings (such as laser tag) to serious exercises in justice making (volunteering at Shiloh Food Bank). Dates and activities to be determined by youth, and communicated via email on a regular basis.
Parents’ Night Out
- Friday Nights in the Fall: September 23, October 21, and November 18
- Friday Nights in the Spring: February 17, March 17, and April 21
New Family Orientation
- After Church in the Fall : October 2, 9, and 16
- After Church in the Spring: April 23, 30 and May 7
Unplug the Christmas Machine
- After Church in the Fall: October 23, 30, November 6, and 13
Beyond ProgrammingAs we know that not all of our families have the time or energy to engage in special programming, we offer adjunct events and resources throughout the year. Here is an overview of some of those offerings...
F.P. LibraryLocated on the second floor, this collection of books has a little something for everyone. From children’s bibles, to books on sex and sexuality, to popular chapter books and parenting resources, you can find most anything in the F.P. library. Looking for a particular resource? Just ask!
F.P. FeaturesThis is a weekly email which is sent to the parents of all of our PreK – 5th graders. It addresses the questions, ‘What did my child do this week?’ ‘What will my child do next week?’ and ‘How do I bring the lesson home?’
To honor rites of passage, and the commitment of our volunteers, we hold special ceremonies of recognition and celebration throughout the year. One such offering is our Kindergarten Adventurer’s ceremony which is in September.