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 multi-generational 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 Our Whole Lives, Coming of Age, and more.
Welcome to our community!
If you would like to find out more information about our ministry to children and their families, please get in touch with Director of Children and Family Ministry, Aria Curtis. She is available via phone at 509-325-6383 ext. 206, via email firstname.lastname@example.org,or for an in person meeting by appointment.
Upcoming UUCS Events & Programs:
UUCS Annual Winter Decorating Party
Saturday, December 8th
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Friendship Hall & Sanctuary
Each year we gather together as a whole community to decorate our building for the winter holidays. We will have a giant tree to decorate with ornaments, fun crafts, and beautiful boughs of greenery to decorate the Sanctuary. As usual, there will be a table to for the young and the young at heart to make ornaments for the UUCS tree and/or to take home, and we’ll feature our Annual Cookie Sale. Dinner will be a community-made meal, à la Stone Soup, but this year we’ll be making a hearty pot of potato chowder (vegan/gf).
If you would like to help out as a cook, bring an ingredient, or help with any other aspect of the Decorating Party, please let Aria know by filling out this form.
Second Friday – Parent Night Out!
Take an evening to yourself on the second Friday of every month, when you can drop the kiddos off at church for an evening of fun activities. Childcare is available from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with a pizza dinner provided. Space is limited to 15 kids, so sign up for the next Parent Night Out now, here!
Our Whole Lives classes begin soon!
This winter UUCS is offering Our Whole Lives classes for children in grades K-1 and 4-6. Both classes promote dialogue between parent and child, and are built on the values listed below. OWL for K-1 is 9 sessions long plus a mandatory Parent Information Meeting. This class engages children in stories and activities, which in turn support parents in education their children about birth, babies, bodies, and families. OWL for grades 4-6 is 11 sessions long plus a mandatory Parent Information Meeting, and “covers key topics like values, body image, gender and sexual identity, peer pressure, and healthy relationships.” It is designed to help children “gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to understand and express their sexuality in holistic, life-enhancing ways” (Our Whole Lives, Grades 4-6; Second Edition). For more information go to our OWL page, HERE.
District/Regional Events & Programs:
Attention high school youth and families! There are lots of upcoming opportunities to build your leadership skills, expand your understanding of UU identity and spirituality, and build relationships with other UU youth. Here are a few to add to your calendar:
- PNWD Leadership Development Conference: Did you miss the Spokane Leadership Con last winter? Register for the upcoming conference in Eugene! We’ll examine different types of leadership, what it takes to be an effective leader, conflict resolution skills, ways you can help foster youth leadership in our communities and some self evaluation and insight into the type of leader you’d like to be.
- Peer Chaplain Training: Youth, young adults and adult advisors are invited to a Peer Chaplain Training, sponsored by the Canadian Unitarian Council and the Pacific Western Region of the UUA. Chaplain training provides youth and adults with skills to support covenantal youth and young adult communities. These trainings support invaluable life skills, such as deep listening, affirming and emotionally supporting others, helping manage a crisis, ensuring a healthy, respectful, and safe environment, and bringing spiritual resources and support to the various communities in which they participate.
CFM Family Information Form:
Filling out a Family Information Form each year and returning it to 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 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.