At First Unitarian, our preschool and K/1 “Sunday School" is called Spirit Play. Our Religious Exploration classes for preschool and K/1 aged children meet at the 9:15 am service, with the children and youth beginning (typically) in the Sanctuary, and then being sung out to their classes after the Time for All Ages segment of worship.
The Preschool Spirit Play class meets UPSTAIRS in the Potter Room (next to the chapel). The K/1 Spiritplay class meets DOWNSTAIRS in classroom 1A. After sitting with Parents in the main sanctuary for 10 – 15 minutes, children and youth participate in A Time for All Ages and then they are “sung out” to their respective classrooms where they join their Spirit Play Journey Guides until the Sunday Service is complete. Parents should pick up their children following service and sign them out of the classroom.
Spirit play is our Montessori-based classroom experience, offered for pre-school aged children. This class provides a solid grounding in Unitarian Universalism in studying our themes, principles, faith and rituals. Children have ample time for spiritual self-discovery, teacher/child mentoring, and making friends in community. Our Preschool class will focus on stories from our spiritual sources, offering engaging characters and plots that emphasize caring and compassionate behavior. Our K/1 class will focus on stories about our Unitarian Universalist values and identity in a way that introduces our principles in an age-appropriate manner.
What are journey guides?
Journey guides are volunteers from the church who are trained to lead Spirit Play each Sunday morning during services so that the parents can attend and enjoy services. Each journey guide is required to complete a background check and follow the program’s child health and safety standards and child protection guidelines. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our kids.
Second Service Care
Nursery and Preschool care is provided for these two age groups UPSTAIRS in the nursery. Our K/1 participants are invited to attend the service with their families.
How to Enroll
Parents need to enroll their children in the RE program. This helps us communicate upcoming events and changes to programming. It also helps us better manage our room and journey guide resources. Our registration process is now 100% paperless. Please either register or speak with our DRE on Sundays.
Family Activities and Intergenerational Services
Family Game Nights
Family Movie Nights
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Religious Exploration Team
DRE: Erin Kenworthy
Nursery Coordinator: Barbara Wilkerson
Chapel Coordinator/Embodied Education: Matt Davis
Youth Chaplain: Marcus Ryan