All-Church Opening of Service
Children and youth begin Sundays upstairs with a chalice lighting and a storytelling for all ages. Afterwards, young children may be escorted downstairs by their parents. Children are also welcome to stay upstairs with parents, if that is where they are most comfortable. Occasionally the Senior and Junior High Youth may wish to join the service as a group to hear topics of interest.
All Ages Services
Several times during the year, “All-Ages” worship is held which means children stay upstairs to participate with their families in the whole service. While we try to make these services as child-friendly as we can, we do provide a nursery for our youngest ones who may be happier to have the space and freedom to explore and play. These intergenerational services are always identified in our church newsletter, “The Beacon”, and are a South Valley tradition that many people enjoy and look forward to.
Children’s Chapel (K – 5th)
One Sunday of each month, we have Children’s Chapel downstairs during the second half of the service where we explore the “Touchstone” theme of the month. Children’s Chapel, which lasts until noon, provides an opportunity for children to invite spiritual experience and connection, all in a very child-friendly format.
Sunday School Curricula (September thru May)
We offer age-appropriate courses during the school year (September-May) that address the topics discussed in What We Teach. Currently we offer classes for Nursery, Preschool, Kindergarten-1st Grade (Pathfinders), 2nd-3rd Grade (Trailblazers), 4th-5th Grade (Seekers), Junior High (6th-8th Grade), and High School (9th-12th Grade). UUA Curricula is available online for you to explore! http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/
Summer Sunday School (June thru August)
During the summer we offer a combined Nursery-Preschool class, and two multi-generational classes: “Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures” for ages 5 and up, and “Christianity According to The Simpsons” for ages 12 and up. There are also several “Activity Sundays,” such as Chalk Art Day, Movie Day, Water Day, and Field Day.