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?

Because of Covid, things have changed. Currently, children do not enter the sanctuary; instead, their classes begin at the same time as our worship service, and they meet outside in the courtyard.

In normal times, 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

Apr 25 CYRE

Roots Class (k-2nd w/Marie) Hello everyone! Some news from our class: we are planning the end of our Zoom times and looking forward to in person gatherings this summer. The first will be cupcakes and play and the second will be celebrating our class graduation and my...

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Apr 11 CYRE

Roots Class (K-2nd grade) w/Marie: Following the CYRE team meeting, the children were very (very, very) excited to hear that the grownups are thinking about a way for us to have an in person gathering that could be safe for everyone. I explained that this is still...

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March 7 RE

Roots Class (K - 2nd grade): Marie was out today so I filled in. It is always so fun to connect with our youngest group! We began with our check-ins and then talked about our 7 UU Principles. Could we think of times that our church family has followed these? We...

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Feb 28 CYRE

Roots Class (k - 2nd) w/Marie:Hello, I hope everyone is doing okay after the storm. Today we shared our experiences and heard about creative ways we stayed warm, got some snow play in, and heard about helping and being helped by others.  Seeing a Roots student...

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CYRE Feb 7

Roots Class (K - 2nd grade) w/Marie: Hello all, rose and thorn check-ins centered around where we’re all at with quarantine. So glad to hear about some of the people we love starting to get vaccines! I’ve been having some sad-about-things days and cheering myself up...

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CYRE Jan 31

This week was our children and youth Listening Circles. I am so grateful to be part of a community that values our young people so much and includes them in important community matters in an age-appropriate way!Roots Class (k-2nd) w/Marie:Today we heard each other’s...

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Jan 17 CYRE

Roots Class (kinder - 2nd grade) w/Marie:Today we talked about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s role as a leader and activist in the ongoing civil rights movement in our country that continues today through the work of groups like Black Lives Matter. The day a black and a...

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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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