Children's Religious Education
Children gather with their families in the sanctuary for the first part of the worship services at 9:30am and 11:00am. Following the Story for All Ages, they depart for Religious Education classes and activities.
During our 9:30am worship service each Sunday, we offer religious education programing for children ages 5-11 based on the “Spirit Play” curriculum. This curriculum, based on the Montessori Method, offers stories and Wondering Questions inspired by our Unitarian Universalist theology and values. Following the story, the children choose their “work” from a variety of ways to respond.
Children's Religious Education Classes
During the 11:00am worship service on Sundays, we offer age-based classes for children and youth based on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Tapestry of Faith” curricula. All of the curricula may be viewed by searching on www.uua.org.
Pre-K Class: “Spirit Play”: a curriculum model based on the Montessori Method. The stories and Wondering Questions draw from Unitarian Universalist theology and values. Following the story, the children choose their “work” from a variety of ways to respond.
K-1st Grade Class: “Creating Home”: a curriculum that helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. The group asks questions about the purpose of having a home and the functions a home serves, for humans as well as other animals. The program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles each person plays in the homes where we live. The program introduces the concept of a "faith home"—our congregation—which shares some characteristics with a family home. Like a family home, a faith home offers its members certain joys, protections, and responsibilities.
2nd/3rd Grade Class: “Moral Tales” recognizes that every day our children go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. It strives to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values. The stories and activities woven throughout Moral Tales can activate and inform children's learning about how to make moral choices.
4th/5th Grade Class: “Sing to the Power “affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting "powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love." Participants experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders. Sing to the Power uses a metaphor of the four elements—earth, air, fire, and water—as a framework to explore different forms of power.
6th/7th/8th Grade Class: "Families" What is a family? What does a family do? Who defines family? This program provides avenues for in-depth exploration of the diversity, commonality, and meaning of families. Families combines a photo-documentary project with sessions that engage participants in deconstructing and reconstructing the notion of family. The class will expand the concept of family to include the church family as they participate in our congregation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
High School Youth: Our YRUU Group (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) meets together each Sunday morning during the 11:00am worship service. Activities and discussions are led by the youth and their adult advisors. Our Youth Director is Courtney Rountree.
Childcare is provided for our youngest Unitarian Universalists in the Nursery from 9:15am to noon each Sunday. Childcare is also available during congregational meetings.
Registering Your Child
We ask all BAUUC families to register their child(ren) each year. The registration form is available in hard copy at the Greeters' Table outside the sanctuary or online at