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

CRE 1/12

Roots Class w/Marie (pre-k to 1st grade): This week the kids began with a circle for singing and checking in about their week. Then, they listened to a Native American folktale about coyote and friends risking their own safety to bring fire to the humans suffering in...

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CRE Jan 5

Roots class w/Marie (pre-k to first grade): Welcome to a new year! It was wonderful to gather the children back after our holidays. We played Circle Round the Chalice, read The Mitten (thinking about Reverend Brian’s words a few Sundays ago during the gifts service,...

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Religious Education 12/15

Roots class with Marie (pre-K to first grade): We spent our last class together of 2019 practicing The Friendly Beasts for our procession next week, which will be right at the beginning of the service. We also painted our salt dough ornaments from last week. Seedlings...

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Salt Dough Ornaments

In our combined class this week, we began by reviewing The Friendly Beasts hymn that we learned the last time we met. We also unveiled the finished animals that kids had worked on the last time and that are now outlined & cut out. We'll be singing and presenting...

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Friendly Beasts project

This week, all three classes gathered together in the Community Room to learn the Friendly Beast song that we'll be singing at the December 22 intergenerational service. Kids also created various props to use during the service, including a large brown donkey, a...

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Religous Education 11/17

Roots class w/Marie (pre-k to first grade): As part of our exploration of what it means to have Wildflower as our church home, we've been thinking about homes. Last week we built homes like wild animals; this week we’re looking at the animals that have a home with...

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CRE Oct 27

Roots Class (pre-K to 1st) with Marie: Returning to our discussion about our flaming chalice symbol, and a broader discussion about the concept of that symbols represent a bigger something you often can’t really see, like an idea, today we talked about the word...

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Loving Spirits

This Sunday we held an all-ages class where we discussed various fall traditions from around the world. We discussed some of the ways these celebrations are similar and different from the Halloween plans that many of our Wildflower kids have. Kids noticed that in many...

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CRE Oct 13

Roots Class (pre-K to 1st grade) with Marie: Continuing our thinking together about symbols, today we heard the story of the Unitarians and the Universalists coming together and adding to the chalice symbol the Unitarian service committee began using during World War...

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