Children's Religious Education at BFUU
Children are welcome at attend our Sunday morning services with their parents. In addition, we offer children's programming from approximately 10:45am to 12:00pm on Sunday mornings. (All children begin in the main service for the first 15 minutes or so; those attending classes depart the service during the Children's Recessional at approximately 10:45am.)
Middle School Youth
High School Youth
Parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are welcome to keep their children in the main service, to step out into either the main lobby or the ramp room lobby as needed (crayons, toys, paper, etc are available in both lobbies), or to accompany their young children to the K-5 classroom. We do not currently have a dedicated Nursery class. Please ask any of us if you need anything to feel comfortable during our services.
“Windows and Mirrors nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters.”
In Spring 2016 our middle school children are exploring Riddle and Mystery, part of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Tapestry of Faith family of curricula.
“The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist middle school youth in their own search for understanding. Each of the sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?”
In addition, BFUU Middle School youth participate in occasional PCD-MUUGS weekend retreats with kids from other UU congregations in our district.
We are planning a Coming of Age program (focused on grades 8-10) for the 2017-2018 year.
BFUU does not currently have a high school age youth group. BFUU teens are welcome to attend the main service, to inquire about assistant teaching roles, and to participate in YRUU-P and other regional UU youth events.