Children’s and Youth Religious Education

Wildflower strives to support parents 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 and youth religious education (CYRE) program serves babies and children through 18 years. The second Sunday of each month is a Zoom-only church service with no in-person CYRE program. The CYRE program meets on the first, third, and fourth Sundays of the month.

Children 6 weeks to 4 years of age are welcome in the Childcare room. Children in Pre-K through 1st grade attend the Roots class. Children can transition from the Childcare room to the Roots class at age 4 or 5 depending on the child’s level of readiness. Children in grades 2 through 5 attend the Seedlings class. Youth in grades 6 through 12 attend the Youth Group. Infants under 6 weeks remain with their parents.

What Happens on Sunday?

Children and youth stay with their parents for the first 15 minutes of the worship service, which begins at 11:45 am. After the congregation “sings the children and youth out,” teachers lead them to their classes. The children’s program ends at about 1:00 pm, usually 15 minutes after the Worship Service ends. Children attending childcare (age 6 weeks to 4 years) do not have to begin in the service. To promote child and youth 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.

 

What do we teach in Religious Education?

1st Principle: Each and every person is important.
2nd Principle: All people should be treated fairly and kindly.
3rd Principle: We accept one another and keep on learning together.
4th Principle: We are free to search for what is true and right in life.
5th Principle: All people need a voice.
6th Principle: We work for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
7th Principle: We care for the Earth and all living things.
8th Principle: We work together for diversity and against racism and oppression.

Volunteering

Our wonderful volunteers make this program possible by allowing us to adhere to our Safe Church policy of having two adults in every class. Volunteers offer their unique perspectives and experiences and are equally enriched by hearing our children and youth express their points of view. For more information related to volunteering, please click here.

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

June 5 CYRE

Roots (pre-k to first) w/Laura: This week, we learned about how we can express who we are in lots of different ways. One of those ways is the pronouns that we like people to use for us, such as she/her, he/him, or they/them. Then the kids colored in self-portraits and...

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May 26 CYRE

Roots Class (pre-k to 1st) w/Laura: This Sunday in Roots we read 'Change Sings" by Amanda Gorman. This book is a poem with illustrations that show children learning how to make a difference in their community and the world. We also watched a video of children singing...

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May 1 CYRE

Roots Class (pre-k to first) w/Laura: Today in the Roots class we read a story about a "no gifts" birthday party. We discussed how it would be hard to not receive gifts at your birthday party, but that the gifts are not what make a party fun. Also that it would be...

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Apr 24 CYRE

Roots Class (pre-k to first grade):Today in the Roots class, we discussed the meaning of Earth Day and how we can help the earth. Everyone was in agreement that electric cars were a really good way to help the environment. Another idea to help the earth was to plant...

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Apr 3 CYRE

**We don't meet next week (Apr 10) but we'll be back on Apr 17 (Easter) with a special CYRE that includes treats and an egg hunt! Roots (pre-k to 1st) & Seedlings (2nd-5th) Class:This week we discussed the book Perfect Square, a story of a square that is torn and...

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Mar 27 CYRE

Roots Class (pre-k to 1st grade) w/Laura: This week, we learned what a covenant is (promises that we make to each other) and created a class covenant in the form of a paper chain. Then, we headed outside for snacks and free play. Seedling Class (2nd - 5th grade)...

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Feb 27 Park Meet-up

We had a lovely time at Mabel Davis park with absolutely perfect weather and good company! We enjoyed a gentle hike, some tree climbing, games, and laughter. Here's our March schedule: Mar 6 - 10:30 Zoom Mar 13 - off Mar 20 - 11:30 in-person (contingent on service...

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Feb 13 CYRE

We had so much fun yesterday at the Valentine's Fest! After our chalice lighting and check-in, we explored a Treasure Hunt, competed in Minute-to-Win-It games, made yarn hearts, decorated cupcakes, and had snacks. It was so good to be together again 🙂

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Jan 30 CYRE

Roots & Seedlings (pre-k to 5th): This week, we told a story called "We Are All One" and looked through our 8 UU Principles to see which ones the story spoke to. Then we played an animal charades game based on the story. Wildflower Youth (Middle & High...

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