UUCA’s Children and Youth Religious Education is multifaceted and values connection. Children and youth have the opportunity to participate in developmentally-appropriate programming that includes the exploration of multiple faith traditions and our Unitarian Universalist values. Not only do they develop friendships with each other; they also benefit from dedicated adult leaders and mentors.

“It takes a village,” and with our focus on building multiple relationships within the faith community, our hope is to help parents parent beyond their capacity.

Classes are held at 10 am during the program year. 10 am classes are currently on hiatus for the summer. Register now to join us this fall!  Subscribe to the family newsletter for weekly updates!

Childcare and a creative workshop are available for ages nursery-3rd grade during 11 am worship. Childcare for ages nursery-preschool is available during 9:15 worship.

2024-2025 OFFERINGS:

CHILDCARE

Our childcare experience is hosted by two professional staff each Sunday and includes stories and free play.

10 AM each Sunday.

PRESCHOOL

The Rainbow Connection) The Rainbow Connection uses popular story books for preschoolers to explore Unitarian Universalist values such as respect, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, responsibility and good citizenship. Because socialization and comfort are important goals for this age, each class contains a fun craft project, time for songs and games, and time for free play with friends.

Sundays at 10 unless otherwise noted.

K-2

Picture Book World Religions: Children learn about world religions through stories and explore the differences and similarities to their own lives in this interactive program. When we share stories from different religions, we help children begin a journey of understanding, tolerance and celebration for the diversity of human expressions of faith.

Sundays at 10 unless otherwise noted.

GRADES 3-5

Passport to Spirituality: Traveling the globe through stories and their imaginations, children explore world religions! At each country they visit, the children receive a passport sticker, learn about a different religion, engage in a spiritual practice utilized by that religion, and pick up a souvenir.

Sundays at 10 unless otherwise noted.

GRADES 6-7

Crossing Paths: In Crossing Paths, junior youth not only learn the basic beliefs of many world religions but also visit various faith homes around Atlanta as part of that learning. Each month, they explore how various religions compare and contrast to Unitarian Universalism and experience first-hand how other faiths practice their beliefs and rituals. 

Sundays at 10 unless otherwise noted.

GRADES 8-9

Becoming: Coming of Age: Becoming is built around a particular framing of the spiritual life. This frame views the spiritual life as made up of three dimensions. First, youth explore how they are shaped by their current communities of belonging. With that under their belt, they then explore becoming and the work of differentiation, asking themselves which influences from their communities of belonging they want to take with them and leave behind. Then, having established a more solid sense of who they want to become, there is room to turn to the wider questions about the world beyond oneself. This program culminates in a worship service where participants share their end-of-the-year belief statements with the larger congregation.

Sundays at 10 unless otherwise noted.

“YRUU” - Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (Grade 10-12)

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) “YRUU” takes the spiritual lives of our youth seriously! Youth have the opportunity to deepen and explore spiritual practice, to do informed service and social justice action projects together, to develop their leadership skills, and to create bonds that will last a lifetime. For more information please email our Youth Coordinator, Elizabeth Shuford.

Combined Childcare/Preschool during Worship

Our multi-age childcare experience is hosted by two professional staff each Sunday during service and includes stories and free play. Childcare for ages nursery-preschool is available during both worship services.

K-3 Workshops during Worship

Each month, the children experience multiple workshop offerings including age-appropriate yoga and movement games, crafts, and a cultural story/cooking experience.

Sundays at 11.

Our Whole Lives

Developmentally Appropriate Sexuality & Consent Curricula

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities.

Interested in signing your child or youth up for our next OWL class? Fill out this form.