Children’s and Youth Religious Education

Wildflower strives to support parents in that role by providing a meaningful religious education program that makes a positive difference in children’s and youth’s lives.

Ages of Children We Serve

Our children’s religious education program serves babies and children through 18 years. We provide childcare every Sunday from 9:30 am to 1 pm for children 1-4 years of age. Children age 4 and above may begin in the Pre-K class when they are developmentally ready. Grades 2-5 attend class together, and youth from 6th-12th grade. Currently, infants remain with their parents. Childcare is available for all ages from 9:30-11:30 am and during Sunday afternoon meetings when requested.

What Happens on Sunday?

Children stay with their parents for the first 15 minutes of the worship service, which begins at 11:30 am. After the congregation “sings the children out,” teachers lead them to their classes. The children’s program ends at about 12:45 pm, usually 15 minutes after the Worship Service ends. Childcare begins at 9:30 am and continues until 1 pm. Children attending childcare do not have to begin in the service. To promote child safety, two adults are present in childcare and all classes. In accordance with our Safe Church policy, all RE teachers and care providers undergo background checks.

The Unitarian Universalist faith doesn’t pretend to give children all the answers to the big questions. Unitarian Universalism puts its faith in people’s ability to explore the unknown together.

-Terry Stafford (UU Religous Educator)

       Getting Started in Religious Education

Before your child’s first Sunday in the religious education program, please register them by filling out a Registration Form. Parents are always welcome to visit the RE and childcare classes.

Religious Education News/Blog

Jan 10 CYRE

Happy snow day! Roots Class (kinder - 2nd grade) w/Marie: Today was both magical because of snow falling outside our windows, meeting a classmate's new puppy, thinking about sledding, and me holding space for the children to talk about the violence at the Capitol this...

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Jan 3 CYRE

Roots Class (K-2nd) w/Marie: After greeting each other in this new year, Rose and Thorn time became a time for us to talk about Reverend Sarah not being our minister anymore. The children remember making a sign for Rev Brian’s going away party. I explained that...

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Dec 13 CYRE

Roots Class (k - 2nd) w/Marie: In the spirit of bringing light to the darkness we celebrated with a virtual lantern parade.   Everyone brought something that makes light, we made our spaces dark, and paraded along with last year’s solstice parade with the Minor Mishap...

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Nov 22 C/YRE

Roots Class (K - 2nd) w/Marie: We are talking in the big group about the harm it has done to our understanding of our history when Thanksgiving has been presented as a story about a friendly encounter between cultures. This sounds like a kind story of helpful sharing...

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Nov 8 CYRE

Roots Class (k-2nd grade) w/Marie: Check-ins this morning included news of lost and growing teeth, a treasured in-person play date, upcoming birthdays. So much life! We read Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney, connecting our country to the bigger world we are a part of. So...

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Nov 1 CYRE

Roots Class (k-2nd) w/Marie: Hello all, it was so fun hearing about the creative and safe ways people have found to enjoy Halloween this year. I am so inspired by how our community thinks and cares for each other. We spoke more about traditions to remember loved ones...

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Oct 18 C/YRE

Roots Class w/Marie: So nice visiting with everyone today. The children have exciting updates for each other about what Halloween looks like this year in a year of doing things differently. We heard joy about fall gardens and hopeful family gathering plans, sisters...

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CYRE Oct 11

Roots Class (K-2nd grade) w/Marie: This week we continued thinking together about listening to nature as part of our UU identity. The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor is such a very quiet, special book, one of my very favorites. I would recommend bringing it home...

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C/YRE Oct 4

Roots (K - 2nd grade) w/Marie: Today we thought together about the idea of listening to nature as a spiritual part of being Unitarian Universalists. We found an owl feather in the wonder box, and I shared how wonderous it feels to me hearing the sound of the Great...

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Sep 20 C/YRE

Roots Class (K-2nd) w/Marie: We are continuing our learning together this week about racism and what we can do together to become antiracist. Today’s story is Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi. Many of us grownups are learning from  his book for grownups, How to Be...

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