Children’s Religious Exploration

Welcome to Religious Exploration for Children and Youth at Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship!

foreverfriends2012Our Religious Exploration (R.E.) Director oversees a well-established program covering all ages from infants to high school.

Every Sunday, before the children go from the service to their classes, they lead us all in the affirmation: We are Unitarian Universalists, people of open minds, loving hearts and helping hands.  These 13 words say simply and clearly what we are working toward in our program for children and youth.  Along the way, we learn about Unitarian Universalism – the 7 principles, our history,  famous UUs.

kidsbootplantsWe learn about a variety of religions, philosophies and cultures, about caring for our planet and about caring for each other. We learn about community service, both within the Summit community and in the world at large.  We learn a lot of good stories from a variety of traditions and about how stories can help us to find our own ways.  We have the chance to build friendships, to cooperate, to negotiate, to learn leadership skills and to develop a moral compass to take out into the world.

A Typical Sunday Morning for Children and Youth

refreshmentsalonNursery care is available for children 3 years and younger from 9:45 a.m. until noon.

Children aged 4 and older gather in their classroom areas at about 9:50. Just before 10 a.m., the minister or service leader comes through with a singing bowl and leads the children and teachers into the sanctuary for the first 20 minutes or so of the service.  Following the Time for All Ages, they return to their classrooms for the day’s projects and activities.  At 11:20, the groups come together for the Song & Snack. Each month we work on a UU “standard” to sing with the Congregation.  Our healthy snacks are provided cooperatively by parent volunteers.

teensplayThe final half hour of the morning is open for ongoing projects, games, crafts, foosball and visiting with each other.

For more information, please contact R.E. Director Mary Carter-Vail at  or R.E. for Children and Youth Committee Chair Liz Groff.


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