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. and Sr. 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. Amber
- 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 - TBD
Sunday Morning ProgrammingThe following curricula have been chosen because they are grounded in Family Programming’s Core Truths, they utilizes the 4 C’s for faith formation, and they align with our congregation's monthly themes...
Infants / ToddlersChild Care
This class gives our infants and toddlers the opportunity to learn by allowing them to interact with their surroundings in a developmentally appropriate, safe and loving environment.
PreK – KindergartenChalice Children
This curriculum strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and the life issues we all share.
1st – 3rd GradeLove Surrounds Us / Love Will Guide Us
Together, these two curriculums explore our principles and sources in the context of beloved community. Participants ask big questions and engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.
4th – 5th GradePicture Book World Religions / Picture Book Bible Stories
Through these two curriculums, participants are introduced to important stories and traditions from the Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, Jewish and Christian faiths.
Jr. HighLiving in UUville / How Can I Know What to Believe?
“Living in UUville” is more like an RPG (role playing game) than a curriculum. As youth take on different identities throughout the year, they are encouraged to think about their own religious beliefs and how our principles pertain to their lives. These concepts are then explored in greater depth with “How Can I Know What to Believe?”
Sr. HighBringing the Web to Life / Cuba Planning
Based on the 8 components of the Web of Youth Ministry, youth will learn how to become leaders within the church, and beyond. They will also learn about Cuba and plan fundraisers in preparation for their trip to Cuba in July of 2018.
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 Sr. High OWL to all 10th - 12th graders, and Early Elementary OWL to all Kindergarten - 1st graders. Learn more about OWL by visiting the UUA webpage on OWL.
- Sr. High OWL: October—May (specific dates will be sent out in the fall).
- Early Elementary OWL: January 21, and 28, February 4, 11,and 25, and March 4, 11, and 18
Youth OutingsRoughly 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). Our Sr. High are even planning a trip to Cuba in July 2018! Dates and activities to be determined by youth, and communicated via email on a regular basis.
You engage in deep discussion, and then enjoy some kid free time. Your child has fun and builds friendships with their First Church peers. It’s a win, win! Parents’ Night Out is offered in the fall and spring. This fall, think back on your childhood, and ponder the ways in which it has shaped your current reality with our series, “Home.” Then, come spring, contemplate the rituals, traditions, and wise words which you wish to leave your child with our series, “Legacy.” Registration is required and spots are limited, so email DFP, Meredith Plummer, now.
Parents’ Night Out
- Friday Nights in the Fall: September 22, October 20, and November 17
- Friday Nights in the Spring: February 23, March 23, and April 27
New Family Orientation
For anyone who just welcomed a new child into their home, is new to First Church, or is seeking a stronger connection between their faith and home life, New Family Classes are for you. Over the course of three weeks, contemplate such questions as: What was my spiritual upbringing like? And, what do I want my child’s spiritual upbringing to be like? Childcare is provided, and registration is required. Email DFP, Meredith Plummer, now.
- After Church this Spring: April 15,22, and 29
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...
Intergenerational ServicesAt least three times throughout the year, all children and youth join their families in the sanctuary for a special service. Infants and Toddler care is always provided for younger children on these days.
Classroom RecognitionsOnce a month throughout the year we take time out of the service to shine a spotlight on one of our Sunday School classrooms. During these recognitions, the entire class is welcomed to come forward and say something about their class and this church.
Rites of Passage Events / CeremoniesAt the end of the year we spend an entire month celebrating those students who have mastered one core truth, and will be bridging to the next class come fall. Dates and details about these events / ceremonies will be sent out to parents in the spring.
Other Special CeremoniesTo honor other significant life events, and the commitment of our volunteers, we hold special ceremonies of recognition and celebration throughout the year. One such offering is our child dedications.
Other Special EventsThe Family Programming Committee sponsors several special events through-out the year — the F.P. Open House and the Secret Valentine Brunch just to name two. Join us!
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?’
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!
VideosOccasionally, F.P. will put out a video to inspire and connect the congregation at large. You can find these videos on First Church’s Facebook page.
Event Rating SystemJust recently, Family Programming instituted a church wide rating system for all events. These ratings are meant to help you determine when a particular event or program is appropriate for your family.
These ratings are listed below...
- E for Everyone, Infant - Adult
- eC for Early Childhood, Kindergarten - Adult
- E10+ for Everyone 10+, Preteen - Adult
- T for Teen, Teen - Adult
- M for Mature, Adult Only