CHILDREN’S PROGRAM & FAMILY MINISTRY
This year our programming is entirely online. To help families connect spiritually our Director of Religious Education, Laura McNaughton, creates videos and newsletters twice a month. The Children’s Program Committee is hosting a few physically distanced connection activities this year – like Hallowe’en parcels and a Valentine’s exchange.
Sign up for our Family Ministry newsletter by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.
Laura’s videos are all on YouTube! Just click here to get the playlist.
Even though we can’t be together, it’s still important for parents to build community and find some time for fellowship amongst themselves. Join other parents at 2 pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month (from now until June 2021). It’s an informal 45 minutes online to meet other folks, chat about what it’s like to be a UU parent and maybe pick up some tips. Bring a cup of tea, coffee or something stronger (you’re at home!) and join in the conversation! Click here to register for the next gathering.
Updates and sign up information will be sent out in the congregational eNews, the Family Ministry newsletter and will be available on Facebook. Here’s our plan for each month. The topics are really just a way to get the conversation started. You’re always welcome to chat about whatever is in your heart and on your mind!
February 14 Emotional Regulation & Feeling Our Feelings
March 14 Talking About Gender Identity with Children
April 11 Talking About Death with Kids
May 9 Talking About Sexual & Romantic Orientation with Kids
(May’s date is subject to change as the 2nd Sunday is Mothers’ Day)
June 13 How to Talk To Kids About Drugs & Alcohol
Our program aims to provide all ages with a safe and supportive environment in which to:
- Learn about many religions and cultures along with Unitarian Universalism
- Explore new ideas and engage the imagination
- Make friends and develop a sense of belonging
- Deepen understanding of themselves and of life
- Empower one another to work for a more just and caring world
Director of Children’s Religious Education – Laura McNaughton
I am delighted to be the Director of Religious Education for this congregation again! I spent four wonderful years working with this congregation’s children, youth and families nearly 20 years ago. This allowed me to move to a similar position with a larger American congregation for a while and to work for our national body, the Canadian Unitarian Council. I have been a member of the congregation for 25 years and have spent much of my volunteer time working with our children and youth as well. I love giving young people the space to ask questions and play with big ideas. I look forward to our Sunday mornings together!
Children's Rainbow Principles
Orange – Offer fairness and compassion to everyone
Yellow – Yearn to learn by caring and encouraging
Green – Grow by exploring new ideas together
Blue – Believe what your heart tells you, yet listen to others
Indigo – Insist on peace and justice for the whole world
Violet – Value the interconnected web of all life