Children’s Programs


Sunday Morning

Children’s Chapel is part of Sunday Service! No registration required.

Who: All ages

When: Sundays mornings, 9:30 a.m. CT

Beginning September 19, 2021, each service is a Service for All Ages, in which all families worship together. There will be a youth led chalice lighting, meditation and Micro-Sermon or Story for All Ages in the first 30 minutes of the service. When we are able to meet in person (once all have the ability to be vaccinated) then the children under 12 will be sung out to do service trips, field trips and enjoy outside play.

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

At Home In Our Church

Registration OPEN; new children may join at any time.

Who: Grades K – 3

When: 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.CT, Starting September 29

Where: Outside as weather permits, then moves to Zoom

Leader(s): Terry Meeks

Please note: We will start meeting outside and stay outside as long as weather permits.

This program helps children develop a basic understanding of church as a physical place which reflects a shared set of values and beliefs. The group will explore questions about the purpose of having a church as a place of belonging, and the functions of different church spaces. We will introduce the concept of a “faith home”—your congregation—which shares some characteristics with a family home, including both amenities and responsibilities. To understand these you must begin by understanding why the building and grounds are the way they are.

Parent Name*
Child Name*
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The grade your child will enter in Fall 2022. Example: 7th grade
Standard Photo Release Form:*
Authorization only provided if you type your name in the box above.
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Sing & Play, the UU Way

Registration OPEN; new children may join at any time.

Who: Grades K – 6

When: 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.CT. Starting September 29

Leader(s): Nancy Bratt, Will Esty

ONLINE!  Zoom link to be provided upon registration. Youth will learn important UU hymns, public speaking skills, theater skills and what it means to be part of the youth celebrant team.

Sing & Play, the UU Way Sign-Up Form

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Parent Name*
Child Name*
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The grade your child will enter in Fall 2022. Example: 7th grade
Standard Photo Release Form:*
Authorization only provided if you type your name in the box above.
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Outside ChUUrch

Registration OPEN; new children may join at any time.

Who: Grades 4 – 6

When: 6:00- 7:15 p.m. CT, Staring September 29

Where: Outside as weather permits, then moves to Zoom.

Leader(s): Cale Finnegan, Kim Kurchinski

Please note: We will start meeting outside and stay outside as long as weather permits.

Youth need time to be together and to process what has changed within themselves and in the world. They will explore the surroundings of the church by learning outside and learning about the outside. We will use our Toolbox of Faith to direct this time together.

Outside ChUUrch Sign-Up Form

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Parent Name*
Child Name*
MM slash DD slash YYYY
The grade your child will enter in Fall 2022. Example: 7th grade
Standard Photo Release Form:*
Authorization only provided if you type your name in the box above.
MM slash DD slash YYYY

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Curriculum

Registration: CLOSED

Who: Grade 7 – 8

When: 6:00-7:30 p.m. CT, September 15 – May 25

Where: Outside, Room 107

Leader(s): Kim Gunnes, Chelsea Hayes, Ben Spadt, Holly Hanson

Specially trained volunteer facilitators help participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. The curriculum equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

OWL for 7/8 Grade will be capped at 12 participants, with priority given to First Unitarian member families. If a substantially higher number of participants is expected, other options will be explored with the Director of Faith Formation.

Coming of Age

Registration CLOSED

Who: Grade 8 – 9

When: 6:00-7:30 p.m. CT, September 8 – May 15

Where: Room 103

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

When we provide the time and opportunities for authentic relationships to develop, youth can gradually experience powerful transformation – they “come of age.” With the help of their families and their church community, they learn who they are, and can decide what they stand for. This is how each youth creates their own empowering story leading to the development of a faith statement. To help with this process, the “Big Questions” are tackled 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 up 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 the Coming of Age year, and concludes with a celebration dinner and Coming of Age Sunday morning service planned and lead by the youth to include presenting their own faith statements.

Coming: Spring 2022

 

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Curriculum

Who: Grade 5 – 6

This is an 8-session program for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication and decision-making. Each session includes a HomeLink – a homework activity for parents and children to complete together.

OWL for Grades 5 – 6 will be capped at 8 participants, with priority given to First Unitarian member families. If a substantially higher number of participants is expected, other options will be explored with the Director of Faith Formation.

 

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Curriculum

Who: Grade K – 1

This 8-session program supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families, and promotes dialog between parents and children. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the sessions engage children with stories, songs and activities, and include a weekly HomeLink – a homework project for parents and children to do together.