Children’s Faith Development
Welcome to Children’s Faith Development (CFD) at Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. This program acquaints children with Unitarian Universalism, and explores the many spiritual experiences within our religious community, from other faiths, and from around the world. It introduces our UU history and the UU Seven Principles. It helps children to understand and manage life issues.
The children meet in two different age-based groups at this time. The younger group, Kids’ Club, is for children up through elementary school. Our Youth Group is offered for children in grades 7 and above.
Program Description (Pre-Pandemic)
Our programs for children and youth provide varied opportunities for our children to learn and grow in their faith.
For children enrolled in the Pre K age range and up, we have been offering a multi-age learning environment. Our recent programming has drawn from the Soul Matters curriculum. Soul Matters offers thematic ministry, and guides our exploration across the congregation. Our children and youth have been exploring the same monthly themes as our adults through their participation in class, worship, and multigenerational programs. Resources have been provided to families to use at home.
Multi-Age Sunday morning programming–Children’s Faith Development programs have been available each Sunday morning during service.
Multi-Generational Services–From time to time, we have Sunday Services that include children in with the adult services.
Program Description (Current and Future)
During the covid-19 pandemic, we have been providing online interaction to young children and to youth in two separate groups through online meetings. We have continued to use materials from the Soul Matters curriculum to engage the children with thoughtful discussions, games, meditations, and creative activities.
Our Youth Group is offered for children in grades 7+. This group is taking a break for the summer, and will resume meeting in September.
For monthly information on Faith Development at Thomas Paine, see our monthly newsletter, The Beacon.
Come visit us! Our building is currently closed, but please check this site fore more details about the format of these meetings when they resume soon, as the pandemic situation changes. We look forward to meeting you in person, although we will continue to meet virtually as well as in person, based on the situation. Please contact us to find out how your children can visit our virtual meetings.
If you would like to participate in Children’s Faith Development at Thomas Paine, click the link to register.
The information you provide goes directly to the Faith Development Committee. Only pertinent information will be shared with classroom volunteers to ensure your child/ren’s safety. Please take a short time to fill out the form completely.
If you have questions about visiting, or about any of our programs, contact [email protected] or at [email protected]. Also, you are welcome to speak with us after our regular online services, or when we resume in-person services.