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Children and Youth
UUCT is proud to be the home of a thriving and growing Religious Exploration program for our children and youth. We are a spiritual home to some brilliant future leaders of the universe, and we do not take that responsibility lightly. Our philosophy for RE at UUCT is faith formation through fellowship and fun.We want our kids to know that church is a safe, nurturing place where they are all encouraged to explore, learn, and wonder, and where it is ok to stumble at times.
Our program looks a little different these days after the COVID-19 pandemic. We are in a period of rebuilding and revisioning what kind of program we want and can sustain in this new version of normal. This is an ongoing, unfolding process that our RE Planning Team, DRE, and the larger congregation are collaborating on.
Our sanctuary boasts a dedicated children’s area with plenty of fidgets, room to spread out, and centering activities. The children’s area is at the front of the sanctuary so our smaller friends can easily see and interact with the service and the larger congregation can see and interact with the kids. The children’s area covenant is below and is also displayed prominently throughout the sanctuary. We firmly believe that all people are welcome in worship – wiggles, giggles, and all.
Children’s Area Covenant, Established 2020
The children and youth of UUCT promise to use this space respectfully, with loving hearts, listening ears, and soft voices, and the adults of UUCT promise to remember what it is like to be a child, and be reverent of children’s sacred silliness and holy distraction.
After a chalice lighting, some music, and a time for all ages, our kids would exit the sanctuary with their RE guides to play a big game outside before heading into class. Our classes are usually on the same theme of the worship service and typically incorporate hands-on activities. Some especially popular activities have included making stepping stones, baking cookies, and learning about herbs and using them to make a tea blend.
Our youth group for high schoolers would meet twice monthly after the service because most of our high schoolers enjoy participating in worship or RE. We offer nursery care for our youngest explorers, though they are also always welcome to join RE or worship at their caregivers’ discretion.
Since going fully online in March 2020, our program structure has changed, though our philosophy has stayed the same. Presently, we are engaging in faith formation through fellowship and fun through multiple online offerings. All offerings are presently offered every Sunday except first Sundays, unless otherwise noted.