Children and Family Ministry
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane offers a vibrant and engaging Children and Family Ministry Program which includes community and family events, opportunities for multigenerational spiritual growth, and ongoing religious education for children and youth.
The Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles are at the heart of all the programming we provide and we hope to provide all our children and youth with a strong UU identity. A big part of our mission is to give our children and youth, and their families, the tools to move through this world with compassion, integrity, and the ability to think critically. Please take this opportunity to explore our website and take a look at the Sunday Religious Education classes, as well as parent groups, OWL, Coming of Age, and more.
Welcome to our community!
Director of Children and Family Ministry: Aria Curtis
509-325-6383 ext. 306
Mon/Thurs: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Upcoming Events & Programs
Monthly Family Game Night:
Join us on the last Wednesday of every month in the Friendship Hall for a community dinner and an evening of games of all sorts. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m., with gluten free and vegetarian options available, and games start at 6:30 p.m. Donations to offset the cost of food are welcome, but not required. Upcoming Game Nights are June 27th, July 25th, August 29th, and September 26th.
Consent from the Beginning: Two-Part Workshop
Tuesday, July 17th & 24: 5:30-7:30pm
$15 per family/$10 per person
Childcare & Dinner will be provided
What ideas about who has access to their body do our kids learn, that they must challenge later? How can we incorporate lessons about consent into our daily lives, so that it is never a foreign concept later on in life? Sponsored by the Children & Family Ministry Program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, this two-part workshop about consent will seek to answer those questions, explore the ways that we can teach our kids to take ownership of their bodies, and offer discussion about how we talk about consent with kids.
Childcare and dinner are provided. To offset those costs, registration fees are $15 per family and $10 per person. If you are need of a scholarship, please contact Aria Curtis at email@example.com or by calling the main office at 509-325-6383 ext. 206. To register please use this online form: https://uucs.breezechms.com/form/57abb7
Collaborative Problem Solving: Four-Part Class
August 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th: 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
$80 per family/$40 per person
Childcare and Lunch provided
The premise of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach is that “kids do well if they can” and that “where there’s a skill, there’s a way.” This class will support parents in learning how to approach challenging behaviors in a way that works with kids to solve problems, but also teaches and models for kids how to resolve conflict with others in mutually satisfactory and realistic ways. Participants will learn about how we understand challenging behaviors and they will build skills for identifying triggers, unmet expectations, and lagging thinking skills.
The Collaborative Problem Solving approach is being used in homes and in 90% of the hospitals, residential and treatment foster care programs, day treatment, and educational systems throughout the state of Oregon. Additionally, the model is being used exclusively by the NYPD Gang Violence Safety Division and by Youth Villages in Oregon, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Guam, just to name a few! In addition to parents of children ages 3 and up and parents of transition age youth (16-24), grandparents, school psychologists, educators, mental health professionals, juvenile justice workers, and child welfare professionals are encouraged to attend this Collaboratibe Problem Solving Class.
To learn more about the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, check out the Think:Kids website or take a look at this Ted Talk from Dr. Stuart Ablon, Director of the Think:Kids program. To register for the four-part class, sponsored by the UUCS Children and Family Ministry Program, please use this online form: https://uucs.breezechms.com/form/eb540f *Limited scholarships available*
Children and Family Ministry Registration:
Registering your family each year with the Children and Family Ministry Office allows us to keep you up-to-date on events and programs. We will use the information you provide to inform the types of programs we offer and to best serve our community. This will also help us insure that we have all of the information we need to keep your child safe.
Paper registration forms can be found in the Children and Family Ministry Office or by contacting the DCFM, Aria Curtis. You are also encouraged to register online [here] . We encourage all of our families to get in touch with our Membership and Programs Coordinator to sign up on Breeze.
Between supplies, snack, and other associated expenses, it costs about $75 per child to provide meaningful ministry to children and families. We encourage families to make a donation of $25-$50 per child when registering, to help offset those costs.