Traditionally, our Children’s Religious Education program included classes for pre-readers through high school-age students. Some of the content areas covered are Unitarian Universalism, world religions, diversity, and social justice. We usually have a paid coordinator and classes are taught by qualified volunteers from the church community. Teachers are required to undergo background checks and we strive to always have two adults present with the children. However, the pandemic has offered us a unique opportunity to look through another lens.
In this unique time (2020-2021), we have established a twice-monthly intergenerational Family Chapel program focused on children and youth. The online program includes ritual elements such as the chalice lighting and a time for Joys and Sorrows, as well as a focused activity. The programs are co-hosted by Rev. Van Fossan and an interested volunteer, such as a parent, grandparent or teen.
Family Chapel is held at 10 a.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month, preceding the regular 11 a.m. Sunday Service. They use the same Zoom meeting room and there is a 10-15 minute intermission between the two events during which the room is open for conversation.
Family Chapel Themes and Hosts
Wisdom Circles and adult education programs are also available. Inquire at the office for more information.