Children and Youth Faith Development Classes

Green Caterpillar Room: Newborn-3 years old

Our caring and qualified staff and volunteers provide a warm and nurturing environment for your little ones while you enjoy the service. Parents are requested to bring a change of clothes, diapers and any milk or food (if needed) in a bag marked with the child’s name.

Spirit Play Promises: Pre-K to Kindergarten

Spirit Play is a Montessori-based program that teaches children about Unitarian Universalist principles, history, and liturgy through storytelling and play.

The Spirit Play Promises classroom is a special, child centered place to be together to discover the spirit of love and mystery that some people call God. Children discover their own answers to the existential questions: Where did we come from? What are we doing here? How do we choose to live our lives? What happens when we die? Core stories of our faith are presented with special props and then children make meaning through wondering and art.

A spiritual community is created that supports multiple learning styles. Read more at the Spirit Play website.

Super Heroes: 1st – 2nd Grade

In a world where so often “might makes right” and at an age when they are beginning to form the values that will take them through their lives, your children are about to meet a bunch of super heroes who were, as the curriculum theme song states, “powerful with brains and even stronger in their hearts.” The class encourages the children to lead their own lives fully and to use their own positive “super powers” as they interact with the world around them, and as they do so, to grow both spiritually and ethically.

UU Explorers: 3rd -6th Grade

This year the UU Explorers are working with The Haunting House curriculum. It provides an experience for children through which they have an opportunity to become aware of the need of each of us for places where we feel at home. It provides opportunities for children to practice building and living in many kinds of houses where they can grow, reflect upon and shape themselves, and take root. It provides opportunities for children to develop the inner strengths of hope, will, purpose and competence so necessary if they are to take hold in the world.

Youth Group: 7th-12th Grade

What is youth group, you ask? Well, we envision youth group as a safe meeting space for those in 7th to 12th grade, for youth to talk about their lives, the communities they are a part of, and ways in which they want to and will change the world. We hope discussions range from the importance of youth voices in how the world looks at immigration to what their ideal superhero would look like. We have built the program around the six pillars of youth programming (personal growth, leadership development, faith development, community building, congregational involvement, and social justice).

Youth Group will be meeting twice month, discussing all these things, playing some games, sharing deeply, and generally having a great time. Youth group is also a fantastic chance to meet and connect with other Unitarian Universalist youth doing amazing things in the world. The youth group advisors help to coordinate attendance at youth conferences in the Chicagoland area.

For more information, please email Alicia Obando at dfd@secondunitarian.org.

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2U Classrooms