REGISTER now for Fall 2022 programs
for children & youth at MLUC!

Children of a variety of ages, genders, and racial backgrounds seated around small tables outdoors participating in faith development activities

Families are invited to register whether they plan to attend in-person church on Sunday mornings, or would like to stay connected, but may not attend regularly on Sundays.

Specific age-grouped classes for kids and youth ages 3 – 18 will form when we reach a minimum enrollment of five families planning to attend regularly. See individual class descriptions for details.

Nursery Care for ages 0 – 2

We offer nursery care from 9:30 – 11:30 every Sunday with two trained, background checked, experienced caregivers. Caregivers mask indoors; mask optional for children 2 & under.

This is a drop-in program. Older children welcome if space allows.

Preschooler Class for ages 3 & 4

Chalice Children 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 will only meet if we have regularly attending kids in this age group.

Soul Matters Workshop for age 3 – 7th grades

Soul Matters Workshops provide children the opportunity to explore stories and themes each week in Making, Movement, or Meditative workshop spaces. Each Sunday’s story/theme will relate to the worship service and correlate with these monthly themes: Belonging, Courage, Change, Wonder, Finding Our Center, Love, Vulnerability, Resistance, Creativity, and Delight.

This is a drop in program; all in this age range are welcome.

Elementary Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 1st/2nd graders and 5th/6th graders

OWL for 1st & 2nd graders supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the sessions engage children with stories, songs and activities and include a weekly HomeLink – a homework project for parents and children to do together. Promotes dialogue between parent and child.

OWL for 5th & 6th graders helps tweens to gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to understand and express their sexuality in holistic, life-enhancing ways. The revised edition includes new topics such as body image, social media/Internet, and consent; as well as an updated and deeper exploration of gender identity and roles.

These classes are only available to families who register ahead of time and attend the parent orientation.

Crossing Paths for 6th & 7th grades

Because 6th graders have the opportunity to take Elementary OWL this year, we are postponing Crossing Paths until January. If your 6th/7th grader is registered in general, we’ll send you participation information for Crossing Paths in mid-December!

Coming of Age for 8th & 9th grades

This beloved and core program for youth guides them through creating a person belief statement to share with the congregation in the spring. Youth will meet bi-monthly on Sunday mornings for class and intermittently with individual mentors, with a block of weekly meetings prior to the COA credo worship service in the spring. Dual platform attendance (either on Zoom or in person) may be possible.

Newcomers may join mid-year if permission is granted by the DLFD and the teachers.

Youth Group for 8th – 12th grades

Youth group will meet bi-monthly on Sunday mornings, alternating with COA classes (meetings may also occur at other times depending on the scheduling needs of the youth). Activities will depend on what the youth want to do!

This is a drop in program and no specific registration is required.

A middle-aged white man playing with a small white girl viewed from the back, with a rainbow-themed beach ballService Opportunities for Families and Adults

If you’d like to volunteer in the faith development program, we welcome your support! All volunteers must provide current Pennsylvania clearances (click HERE for detailed instructions on how to obtain these), and must have been participating at MLUC for at least 6 months. Please contact re@mluc.org to volunteer!

Some of the roles that we need help in are:

Teach Pre-K class (preparation required)
Lead the Soul Matters Workshop group (preparation required)
Help in the Soul Matters Workshop group (no preparation required)
Teach OWL (training in advance required)
Teach Crossing Paths class for 6th & 7th graders (preparation required)
Teach Coming of Age class (preparation required)
Act as a mentor to a COA youth (preparation required)
Work with the Youth Group (preparation required)
Plan a social justice project (preparation required)
Staff a social justice project (no prep required)
Plan a community building eld trip or event (preparation required)
Staff a community building eld trip or even (no prep required)
Serve on the Children & Youth Faith Development Committee (preparation required)