Grow in Faith: Faith Formation for Children & Youth
Faith Formation Hour: Sundays, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Faith Formation is the lifetime process of growing into our fullness as spiritual and ethical human beings. Faith Formation occurs as we face into life’s Big Questions...”What happens when we die? What is my purpose in life? How should I live? Who is my neighbor? How do I know what to believe?” As Unitarian Universalists, we do not provide answers; we give tools for seeking our own answers, and we provide companions for the journey. ORUUC intentionally nurtures faith formation in age-appropriate ways, through small groups that learn, serve, and care together. We also provide guidance and support for parents, their children’s primary agents of faith formation.
All groups, Kindergarten and older, meet during Faith Formation hour. The Nursery and Preschool are open during both worship & faith formation hour.
Faith Formation for Children and Youth is a cooperative venture. Please complete a Registration/Volunteer Form no later than your third visit.
Faith Formation Leaders
All adult leaders have been active at ORUUC for at least a year and have been recommended by the Youth Faith Formation Team. They have applied for their positions and provided references which have been checked by the Minister of Faith Formation. All leaders must adhere to church Safety Policies.
Opportunities for Involvement in Youth Faith Formation click here
Nursery - Birth to 3 years
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Susan Rosenbaum, Child Care Director & long-time church member, capably and lovingly cares for our tiniest ones with the help of a weekly Nursery Assistant.
We honor each family’s readiness to separate. Parents are welcome to remain in the Nursery with their children. When leaving children, please take time to help them feel secure. Bring special items that may ease separation. Also, bring diapers, extra clothing, and bottles as needed (labeled, please.)
Please sign your children in each Sunday, indicating where you will be and when you will return. When you pick up your children, be intentional about leaving. Guide your children to say “goodbye” and “thank you” to their caregivers.
Preschool - 3 to 5 years
9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Jil Smith, Preschool Coordinator, and a rotating team of Assistants, offer preschool children a safe and loving environment as they begin a more intentional UU journey. Every Sunday, they experience familiar routines, which include a chalice lighting and hearing stories that exemplify age-appropriate Unitarian Universalist principles. Sunday topics are posted on the door to inform families of their children’s church experiences.
Parents, please sign your children in each Sunday, for either session or both. Promote good closure by guiding your children to say “goodbye and thank you” as they leave. Each child has a personal storage bin for their projects, toys, etc. Help them remember to check their bins.
Primary Spirit Play
“Spirit Play” is the Unitarian Universalist version of "Godly Play", a Montessori-based approach to religious education. The Storyteller presents a core story exemplifying at least one of our seven Unitarian Universalist principles, using concrete materials. The group then engages in “Wondering” about the story, after which children choose their “Work” for responding to the stories independently through art, creative activities, and story materials. The children then clean-up for their “Feast”—coming together for a simple blessing, snack, and personal sharing time. Each session concludes with a ritual closing and dismissal to parents.
All leaders have taken at least a weekend of training in the “Godly Play” method.
Elementary Spirit Play
This older Spirit Play group continues the basic flow and practices established in “Primary Spirit Play.” Differences include the feel of the room, the types of work materials available, and the lens of the church’s monthly themes and Unitarian Universalism’s six sources for the stories.
“You the Digital Creator”
Group members explore the digital world and their interactions with it. The goal is deeper understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, varied, and endless digital world in which they live and applying that understanding in positive ways, including emboldened spiritual practices. Members also receive training as Worship Assistants. The group practices Compassionate Communication.
"Articulating Your UU Faith"
Our high school youth gather to support one another in their personal lives as they grow and deepen.
As they reflect on issues of Unitarian Universalism, self, tough stuff, family, relationships, in/dependence, school, spirituality, social justice, and tomorrow, youth are empowered to make good choices in their lives. The group practices Compassionate Communication.
For complete information about all we offer for children and youth, see YOUTH FAITH FORMATION 2015-16