UUGSB: A Kid-friendly Place!Join Us!
Children’s Sessions: Sept — June.
When families arrive on Sunday morning, parents and children find their nametags and proceed to the sanctuary for the beginning of the service.
Once each month, UUGSB holds a “multi-generational service”, and there is no RE class. Your child(ren) will stay with you for the whole service. On all other Sundays, you and your child(ren) will sit together in the service for approximately 15 minutes children are then invited to Children’s Room, directly adjacent to the sanctuary, for a multi-age children’s session. (Your child may stay with you during the Service. Or, you may stay with your child, if you’d like to observe or help ease a transition — just let us know.)
Our volunteer staff lead the children in circle sharing time, supervised individual activities, and group games that foster cooperation (the parachute is a frequent request!). The Children’s Room is an inviting space, offering playthings for the very young and curriculum-based activities for older children. We anticipate expansion of our religious exploration program as enrollment grows.
We welcome you and your family, whatever your religious background, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender expression, family structure, income, or abilities may be.
Here’s the current Sunday schedule at UUGSB:
- 10:30 am – Children start out with their families in the service.
- 10:45 am – Children are invited to the multi-age Children’s Session. (Children are always welcome to stay with their family in the service, if they prefer).
- 11:30 pm – Main service ends; parents can spend some time in Social Hour before picking up children.
- 11:45 pm – Children’s Session ends.
The Goal of our Children’s Program is to encourage children to:
- …know that they are lovable beings of inherent worth and dignity.
- …realize that they are moral agents, capable of making a difference in the lives of others and in the health of our planet.
- …recognize the importance of community, and know that love is what makes a family.
- …acknowledge a world of diverse religious identities.
- …experience joy, awe, and gratitude in response to life’s gifts… and find hope and healing in the face of life’s challenges.
- …feel safe, as they grow older, to form their own answers to life’s great questions (such as the nature/existence of a deity, what it means to be mortal, and what is my purpose in life?).