We’re glad your family will be visiting First Universalist!
Our services are held at 10 a.m. during the summer months, and at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. from Labor Day through Memorial Day.
When visiting with children, plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before the service begins so you can check in at the New Families Greeter Station in the Atrium. Our Greeters can answer almost any question you might have, or will find someone who can. They’ll help you find the appropriate classroom for each child, and ensure you and your child feel comfortable and welcome. Please let the Greeter know if he or she can help make your visit easier in any way.
Parents may choose to stay in the nursery or classroom with their children if they would like to help them get adjusted to First Universalist, or if they want to learn more about our classes through observation. Alternately, parents may attend the worship service in the Sanctuary while their children are in Sunday morning classes or nursery care.
If you would prefer, infants, children and youth are also welcome to attend Sunday morning worship services in our sanctuary with their families. If you have a fussy or rambunctious child, you may also choose to settle into our Library, adjacent to the Social Hall on the first floor, where you can view a streamed simulcast of the service while rocking, nursing or leafing through picture books. We hope to make the morning stress-free, enjoyable and enriching for every member of your family.
June to August
In summer, Sunday morning childcare and classes are offered for children from 6 months old through those who will enter 6th grade in the fall. Kids close in age are grouped together as follows: Nursery (6-17 months); Preschool (18 months to 3 years); Young Children (4 years through entering 1st grade); and Elementary-Age (entering 2nd-6th grade).
Our youngest visitors spend the morning in bright, happy spaces with plenty to explore, in the care of paid adult and youth staff, playing and making friends of all ages. Young children in preschool through 1st grade begin their morning with a circle, songs, and picture books, then have time for crafts, games, and play inspired by each week’s story. Elementary-age kids come together for a brief time of worship, welcoming one another into the circle and learning about the day’s theme. Then they dive into hands on projects, chosen by the group, that make a difference in the world. Activities range from selling lemonade for the Humane Society to assembling care packages for people experiencing homelessness.
September to May
During the church year, kids are grouped by age and grade level — you can learn more about our curriculum for each class here. All levels are offered at both service times, with the exception of the senior high youth. 9th graders meet at 9:30 a.m. only for Coming of Age, and 10th-12th graders meet at 11:15 a.m. only for Senior High Youth Group. 9th graders joining after February 1 should attend the Senior High Youth Group, as the Coming of Age class is closed after that date.
Children should be picked up from the classroom 15 minutes after the worship service ends, at 10:45 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. We’ve designed the morning so parents have a few minutes after the service to greet our ministers, get a cup of coffee in the Social Hall, or talk with friends.
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Questions? Contact Lauren Wyeth, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 612-825-1701 x111.