Welcome to Faith Development for Children at Main Line Unitarian Church. We offer classes on Sunday mornings year round (age grouped from September through June, one-room schoolhouse in July and August) at 10:00 a.m. Our Faith Development programs seek to:
• Develop Unitarian Universalists who are fully functioning religious beings engaged in honest dialogue, lifelong learning, and exploration of self and world
• Sustain strong families and create multigenerational relationships that value all
• Invite and promote questioning, curiosity, and religious freedom
Changes are occasionally made on Sundays to accommodate the population in attendance. Subscribe to E-Notes to hear about updates or changes.
Each Sunday service includes a Story for All Ages, when teachers, children, and families are together with the rest of the community for a portion of our Sunday worship in the sanctuary. This is a special time when younger members of our community are brought into the circle of those gathered to worship in the manner of Unitarian Universalist congregations—becoming familiar with the traditions and rituals of our faith. We encourage families to bring children to a Story for All Ages at an early age. The Coming of Age class for 8th & 9th graders begins in their classroom (not the Story for All Ages) to allow time for the demanding content of this course.
Children are welcome to use activity packets (found outside the sanctuary doors) to keep hands busy and minds alert. Nursery care is available for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers during this time. After a Story for All Ages, the congregation sings to the teachers and children as they depart for their classes.
Volunteers may submit a registration form either online or in paper form:
We Celebrate Children (Parents and Members, please read!)
2018-19 Children’s Faith Development Calendar
On the first Sunday of each month, Kindergarteners - 7th graders gather for a Faith in Action program. Each month's program will introduce a famous Unitarian, Universalist, or UU who worked to make the world a better place. Then we'll explore ways to follow in their footsteps as people who live our faith in the world. The role-models and projects chosen will also coordinate with the monthly all-church themes:
On all other Sundays (except on a few special Sundays when we have Multigenerational Worship—during these Sundays families stay together in the sanctuary throughout the service) regular classes as described below meet! Check E-Notes for schedule changes.
2018-19 Children’s Faith Development Curricula
Pre-K (3 & 4 Year Olds)
This class introduces the symbols and stories of Unitarian Universalism - and includes children in church as a place of belonging and enjoying through simple rituals such as a sharing circle, story time, exploring, and closing which are repeated each week. This class is taught by Chelsea Brown, our paid Pre-K teacher and Childcare Coordinator each week.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Spirit Play Principles and Sources
Based on the work of Maria Montessori and Jerome Berryman, UU religious educators have adapted their ideas into a unique learning environment called Spirit Play. Each session is based around a shared story which exemplifies the values of one of our UU principles or sources. Through story, our children develop an underlying sense of the spiritual and the mystery of life. Wondering questions and hands-on exploration encourage independent thinking. This class is taught by a team of volunteer teachers from the congregation.
2nd and 3rd Grade
Spirit of Adventure
This class teaches UU identity through the stories and values of famous Unitarians, Universalists, and UUs who made a difference in the world. Themes include teamwork, sports, taking care of those in need, science and food, being kind and generous, using reason and curiosity to explore the world, creativity, trying new things, and living and loving simply. Active games and hands-on exploration are key. This class is taught by a team of volunteer teachers from the congregation.
4th and 5th Grade
Toolbox of Faith
What tools does Unitarian Universalism offer for the challenges of life? Children discover what aspects of UU faith are helpful to them, developing a toolbox of faith made concrete by analogy to actual tools such as compasses (integrity), duct tape (flexibility), hammers (power), and stethoscopes (listening). This class is taught by a team of volunteer teachers from the congregation.
6th and 7th Grade
This curriculum's goal is to magnetize the Middle School so that middle schoolers are attracted like iron to a magnet! The class engages with big questions around the topics of Unitarian Universalism, money, death, and race through fun and deep teachable moments.
8th and 9th Grade
Coming of Age (COA)
Coming of Age youth are at the beginning of a journey—able to reflect on all they have learned, while investigating and defining their own beliefs. This program invites students to deepen their understanding of UUism and their knowledge of MLUC, and to begin a contemplative process around their own spirituality. The COA year includes opportunities for service, fellowship, fun, and adventure. Activities on both Sunday mornings and at other times engage youth in a process that culminates in the creation of personal credos (Latin: “what I set my heart to”). In spring, a youth-led service celebrates a unique threshold in their spiritual journey when youth share their own credos with the congregation. Youth are expected to attend each weekly class. This program requires a high level of commitment by parents and youth. COA does not attend a Time for All Ages.
Interested in evening Youth Groups for Grades 6-12? View our Youth page for details.
Childcare on Sundays
Nursery care is available on Sundays for babies and toddlers. We encourage families to bring children to as much of our time together in the Main Meeting Room as possible, but children in Pre-K are also welcome in the nursery during a Story for All Ages and Multigenerational Worship. Contact .