Children and Youth
If you’re looking for a church home for your children that
- Provides them with the resources to explore and develop their own unique spiritual values,
- Encourages them to respect all people regardless of ethnicity or sexual orientation,
- Introduces them to a deeper understanding of world religions,
- Encourages thought and reason rather than a rigid approach,
- Approaches the difficult questions of life and growing up with sensitivity and humor, and
- Believes in caring for the earth and all its creatures,
then this church might be the place for you. We offer
- A friendly, open, and accepting environment with a faith that encourages the personal search for meaning;
- Regular Sunday morning Religious Exploration classes for school-age children, held during worship service, that focus on themes of diversity, personal religious identity, environmentalism, and social justice issues;
- Opportunities for children and youth to participate in creating worship for the whole congregation; and
- Special programs to encourage a creation of deeper communities amongst our children and youth, including field trips, social and environmental justice projects, and opportunities to participate in the larger life of the community.
In making Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church your home, you will find
- A weekly Sunday service that begins with a story for all ages,
- Age appropriate religious education classes lasting about 45 minutes,
- A friendly community of adults eager to connect with young people,
- Fun, engaging holiday celebrations and traditions and other intergenerational activities, and
- Intergenerational worship services throughout the year.
Your children will learn our values and beliefs:
- Each person is Important.
- All people should be treated fairly and kindly.
- We should accept our differences and learn together.
- Each person should be free to search for what is true and right.
- All people should have a vote in matters that concern them.
- We should work for a peaceful, fair and free world.
- We should take care of our planet earth, the home we share with all living things.
And about the sources of our faith:
- Direct experience with the great mystery of life
- Words and deeds of prophetic people
- Wisdom from the world’s religions
- Christian and Jewish teachings
- Humanist teachings
- Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions
What we teach
We use the Tapestry of Faith program from the Unitarian Universalist Association, but we include more than classwork–singing, discussion, arts and crafts, working in our garden, field trips, scientific projects, service projects, and fun. We are gearing up to add the UUA’s Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum for grades 7-9 in 2017/2018.
We invite you
to join the many parents and others in our congregation who commit to the experience of teaching and learning with our children and youth. Parents are also invited to use the UUA’s resources for families.
For more information, please contact the church office at 510-581-2060 or the Director of Religious Exploration, Allison Prout, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want your children to attend regularly please help us plan by registering your child for RE online.