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 – 4th grade

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.

Crossing Paths for 5th – 7th grades

This class will learn about a variety of faith traditions and the ways their religious paths differ from our own. Study of each religion will include a classroom Sunday, a visit to a local congregation or group, and a chance to reflect on how what was experienced on that visit can inform our own UU faith journeys. This is a drop in program; all in this age range are welcome.  However, note that some Sundays will include a field trip to a neighboring place of worship and prior registration is needed to participate on these dates.

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.

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Service 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 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)