Children and Youth Program

Please register your children and youth, and we can keep you informed about church events and activities throughout the year. Register Online

Each year, we explore one of our 3-year rotating themes, guided by the Unitarian Universalist Sources: Our Judeo-Christian Roots, Our Unitarian Universalist Heritage, and Wisdom Traditions & Religions of the World.

2017 - 2018 Calendar

For the 2017-18 year, our theme is Our Unitarian Universalist Heritage.

Throughout the year, we also make time for age-appropriate social service initiatives and multigenerational worship services, exploring the year's church-wide Soul Matters worship themes.

Please see the 2017-18 RE Calendar for the initiatives, events, and worship services. We also recommend signing up for our Weekly News Email to be informed of any last minute updates.

Programs By Age Group

Ages 6 weeks to three-years-old: Free Nursery Care
On Sunday mornings, nursery care is available free of charge during service for children ages 6 weeks to three-years-old. Supervised child care is also arranged for activities upon request, to allow parents and families to participate in all areas of congregational life. Providers are professional and experienced adults and youth.

PreK & K: Spirit Play
A Montessori-style UU curriculum, Spirit Play incorporates hands-on, aesthetic story and art materials to help children explore stories that come from our Unitarian Universalist principles and sources.

Grades 1st - 3rd: Spirit Play
Children in this class experience a more mature curriculum than the earlier Spirit Play groups.

Grades 4th & 5th: Riddle and Mystery
Each of the sessions introduces and processes a “Big Question” such as these: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?

Grades 6th - 8th: Compass Points
Compass Points is a curriculum which guides adolescents on a yearlong spiritual journey with opportunities to explore their identities, their beliefs, their Unitarian Universalist faith, their relationships with others and their connections to the world. Compass Points is designed for middle school youth groups and is often used in conjunction with coming of age programs, but can be adapted for use with high school age youth. This class meets on Sunday during the religious education hour.

Graded 9th - 12th: Emerging Leaders
From service opportunities and field trips, to spiritual practice and creating a youth service, our community welcomes and cultivates youth as the emerging leaders they are. We are a welcoming and radically inclusive community, and youth learn along with the congregation to build beloved community and find a place where they are accepted.

To get connected and keep informed about upcoming youth events, parents and youth are encouraged to sign up on our following networks:

Special Programs

Grades 7th & 8th: Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of curricula for every life stage and is considered the gold standard for comprehensive sexuality education grounded in progressive values.

Grades 8th & 9th: Coming of Age
In 2018-19, we will offer Coming of Age, a year-long Unitarian Universalist rites of passage program. The end of curriculum is celebrated with a Coming of Age Ceremony where the youth are encouraged to read their statements of personal belief (credo statements) to the congregation.

Questions?

If you have questions, we are here to listen and help. Please feel free to contact any of us:

Erica Shadowsong, Lifespan Religious Education Directory, (412) 621-8008, ext 103
Maria Lauro, Religious Education Team
Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister, (412) 621-8008 ext 102

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First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Sunday
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Tuesday - Friday
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