Our Religious Exploration Program
What happens for children on Sunday?
Every Sunday, the children start off the morning with their family in the sanctuary together. They listen to music and sing a song or two with everyone else. One child each Sunday is invited to light the Children’s Chalice along with an adult. After the Story for All Ages, the children are sung out and they go to their own room with their teacher. Near the end of the service they rejoin the congregation and sing our ending song “Carry the Flame”.
Meet our Children’s Religious Educator Sarah Smith!
Sarah attained a B.Ed. degree at Vancouver Island University and teaches part time. She has valuable experience in working with curriculum, planning and delivering lessons, and offering differentiated instruction. She understands the importance of engaging all learners, and encouraging an inclusive, welcoming environment in which children will learn to respect others and find value in differences.
Sarah’s dream is to reinforce these ideas with the children who attend our service, while building a strong sense of community. In doing so, participants will leave not only having gained new knowledge and understanding, but with a greater appreciation for themselves and the world.
Please visit http://facebook.com/FUFONCRE or messyUUchurch@gmail.com or phone 250-755-1215 for more information. Below is a picture of one of the creations made by our children at the Messy UU Church event on October 21st. Everyone had a great time and can’t wait for more Messy UU church events, 3rd Friday of the month! For more photos please visit the photo gallery.
Unitarian spiritual education nurtures the values of justice, compassion, and open mindedness. Our children learn in a fun, welcoming and safe environment where they engage in crafts and projects exploring different faiths, their responsibility to care for our planet and how they can participate in creating a better world. Our Unitarian Universalist Principles are not just for adults. The following are the principles in child friendly language.
Children’s version of our Unitarian Universalist Principles
That each and every person is important;
That all people should be treated fairly and with kindness;
That we should accept one another and keep on learning together;
That each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life;
That all persons should have a voice in the things that concern them; In working for a peaceful, fair, and free world; In caring for our planet earth, the home we share with all living things.