Children’s Programs

PANDEMIC UPDATE

Several opportunities are available for our UU kids to stay connected


Sunday Morning

Virtual Children’s Chapel

Who: Age 4 thru 6th grade

When: Sundays at 9:15-9:45 a.m. CT – Registration is required for access to the private Zoom link.

Leader(s): Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw, Director of Faith Formation Devon McClurken, Nancy Bratt, Will Esty

Join us for youth-led Children’s Chapel with sermons from Rev. Amy and songs led by Nancy Bratt. Each week, children choose which songs, readings and activities they do, while learning what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist.

Questions, suggestions, ideas? Please email Director of Faith Formation Devon McClurken (she/her/hers) at dff@ucdsm.org.

 

Sunday or On Demand Later

Saturday Night Live, Junior Edition!

Who: Age 8 and younger, but all ages are welcome! Registration (below) is required to receive the YouTube link.

When: Join live on Sundays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. CT or watch later on our YouTube channel.

Leader(s): Julie Morocho, juliemorocho@gmail.com

Each week we will go on an adventure, without ever leaving the house! We’ll gather to sing, read a book, and do a super-fun craft or activity together with the help of an adult. Each week Julie will send out an email about the week’s plans, giving a list of any items to have on hand and what to expect. All activities will be things that can be done with minimal shopping or extra stuff needed. Some weeks we may learn to cook a simple snack, or start a rock band, or even visit the moon! Join us for an hour of socially responsible fun!

A new one-hour episode can be found on our First Unitarian YouTube channel each Saturday – Register to receive the program link and updates about what you’ll need to have on hand for the activities.

Standard Photo Release Form:
I hearby authorize First Unitarian Church of Des Moines to publish the photographs taken of my child(ren) for use in the church's printed publications, brochures and website. I acknowledge that since my participation is voluntary, I will receive no financial compensation. I release First Unitarian Church, its members and employees from liability for any claims by my or any third party in connection with my participation.

Authorization only provided if you type your name in the box above.

 

Wednesday Nights

Sing & Play, the UU Way

Who: All ages

When: 5:45 – 6:20 p.m.CT. Registration is required

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88316730171

Leader(s): Nancy Bratt, Doug Esty, Will Esty

This activity is for children of all ages to join in music and play activities together. Nancy, Doug and Will will be leading youth through popular UU hymns and movement and theater games.

Standard Photo Release Form:
I hearby authorize First Unitarian Church of Des Moines to publish the photographs taken of my child(ren) for use in the church's printed publications, brochures and website. I acknowledge that since my participation is voluntary, I will receive no financial compensation. I release First Unitarian Church, its members and employees from liability for any claims by my or any third party in connection with my participation.

Authorization only provided if you type your name in the box above.

Art Craft (formerly ChUUrchCraft)

Who: All ages

When: 6:30- 7:30 p.m. CT (Follows Sing & Play, the UU Way) Registration is required

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88316730171

Leader(s): Devon McClurken, Director of Faith Formation, and Chelsea Hayes (she/her/hers)

Following up on ChUUrch Craft, children will make art based on Minecraft while learning about our UU principles. Then they build together in Minecraft based what they’ve made and what they’ve learned.

Standard Photo Release Form:
I hearby authorize First Unitarian Church of Des Moines to publish the photographs taken of my child(ren) for use in the church's printed publications, brochures and website. I acknowledge that since my participation is voluntary, I will receive no financial compensation. I release First Unitarian Church, its members and employees from liability for any claims by my or any third party in connection with my participation.

Authorization only provided if you type your name in the box above.

Taking Flight

Who: Grade 7

When: 6:00-7:00 p.m. CT – Registration is required for access to the private Zoom link.

Leader(s): Kim Gunnes, Elaine Imlau

Current registration is closed. New classes will be announced for fall.

This is an 18-week program that uses parts of the 7th grade “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) curriculum which offers sexual education to help youth explore their own sexual values and build social and sexual decision-making skills.

Standard Photo Release Form:
I hearby authorize First Unitarian Church of Des Moines to publish the photographs taken of my child(ren) for use in the church's printed publications, brochures and website. I acknowledge that since my participation is voluntary, I will receive no financial compensation. I release First Unitarian Church, its members and employees from liability for any claims by my or any third party in connection with my participation.

Authorization only provided if you type your name in the box above.

Coming of Age

Who: Grade 8

When: 6:00-7:00 p.m. CT

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88316730171

Leader(s): Sally Boeckholt, Frank Bowers, Mark Metz, Katherine Sutton

Current registration is closed. New classes will be announced for fall.

When we provide the time and opportunities for authentic relationships to develop, youth gradually experience powerful transformation – they Come of Age. With the help of their families and their church community, they learn who they are, and they decide what they stand for. This is how each youth creates their own empowering story. During Coming of Age (COA), each youth will develop a faith statement. To create their own faith statements, one of the “Big Questions” is discussed each week, including:

  • What do you believe about God?
  • What happens after we die?
  • How do you live a moral life?
  • Why do bad things happen?

Each youth is paired with a carefully chosen adult mentor from the congregation. Youth and mentors meet about twice a month and also complete a service project together. The year begins with a parent/youth meeting to share information about COA. The year concludes with a Celebration Dinner and COA Service, during which the youth plan and lead the Sunday service, as well as present their own faith statements.