Our Faith Formation programs are designed to help us live our third and fourth principles at church:
- Encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
- Free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
All children and youth participating in UUCM Faith Formation programs must be registered. Registration forms are available by the Garden Door of the church and online.
Nursery (newborn–2 years)
Staffed child care is provided. Our nursery room is equipped with speakers so that parents may bring their little ones and still listen to the worship service. You are welcome to start in the sanctuary and then move to the nursery if your child needs a break.
At any time during a worship service, parents and children may leave the sanctuary to go to one of two Family Rooms, which have games available. Because worship may include difficult life and world issues that some parents do not want their children to hear, one of these rooms will not have a speaker broadcasting the service, whereas the other will. Family Rooms also allow an opportunity for fellowship among families with children. Parents must stay with their children in these rooms.
Friendship Finders (2–5 years)
This is a place for our toddlers to get to know each other and their adult leaders, and begin to learn the simple rituals that are repeated at church weekly. The goals for this group are to have fun, to make friends, and to recognize church as a safe and caring environment.
Our Sunday Circles will provide children a chance to build friendly connections as they learn about our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. Each session will help us understand our own values and the values of others, and will involve activities such as arts and crafts, role playing, and physical and music activity.
Our Sunday Circles, drawing on the Riddles and Mysteries curriculum provided by the UUA, will explore some of life’s biggest questions, such as Why are we here?, Does God exist? and What happens when you die? Each session will involve creative activities, discussions, and physical activities designed to engage this pre-teen and young adolescent age group.
- Meets once a month and participates in social and service activities.
- Provides a sacred, safe space for high school youth to come together for worship, learning, service, and fun.
- Youth are given opportunities to engage with the congregation at large, including participating in services throughout the year and offering a worship service of their own creation annually.
- Youth are encouraged to take on leadership roles and plan meaningful activities and worship that reflect their own interests and concerns.