At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee, our Religious Exploration (RE) philosophy is:
“fostering faith formation through fellowship and fun.”
Research shows us that faith formation happens primarily in the home. Therefore, we do our best to support our families as they take on important roles as their children’s primary spiritual guides.
Because multigenerational worship also plays a significant part in faith formation, we include our children in worship through weekly Times for All Ages during the service, and through monthly multigenerational worship services.
Except during multigenerational services, children leave the sanctuary after the Time for All Ages. They then proceed to RE, where they participate in activities and lessons relevant to the day’s service topic.
Our kids are incredibly clever and crafty and they love to try new things. Some of our most popular Sunday morning activities have included crafting herbal tea blends, making holiday cards for residents of a nearby assisted living facility, baking cookies, and painting using items found in nature as brushes.
RE classes are led by dedicated volunteers, supported by the Director of Religious Exploration. We take the safety of our children and youth very seriously and work to uphold the UUA’s Safe Congregations guidelines.
We have a strict sign in/sign out policy, and all nursery staff and lead guides complete annual safety training and are background checked for our children’s safety.
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” -T.S. Eliot