“Family Ministry” is the name we use at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh for all of our programming for children and youth from birth through 18 as well as the support we offer to their families.

Read below about our plans for Summer 2022 and the 2022-2023 congregational year, including information about our regular programming, Coming of Age classes, and OWL classes.

Click here to register a child or youth for regular programming or OWL classes for the 2022-2023 congregational year, or read below to find out more about what will be offered.

Plans for Summer 2022

We will transition to our summer programming schedule on Sunday, June 19

Childcare (crawlers, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners) 

During Summer 2022, we will continue to offer childcare for crawlers, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners every Sunday in our nursery 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Parents of infants are welcome to keep their children with them either in the Sanctuary or in the Wiggle Room at the rear of the sanctuary.

Chalice Chapel (1st through 6th graders)

Children’s Chapel, which is for those who will be in 1st through 6th grades the following school year will only be held on the first Sundays of the month, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Sunday, July 3; Sunday, August 7, and Sunday, September 4.

Picnics in the Park

We will also be holding Picnics in the Park on the first Sundays of the month following that morning’s worship service.

The picnics will be held at Shelter #6 in Pullen Park on Sunday, July 3, Sunday August 7, and Sunday, September 4. The picnics will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Families are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks as well as equipment for games or activities. There is also food and drink available for sale in the park. There are picnic tables available at the shelter, but in the past, some families have also brought their own blankets and lawn chairs.

On Sunday, July 3, both at UUFR and at the picnic, UUFR members, friends, youth, and children will have the opportunity to meet Dana Lundquist, our new Family Ministry Director, for the first time.

Plans for the 2022-2023 Congregational Year

We will transition back to our regular schedule on Sunday, September 11.

This year in Families Ministries we will be discovering the spiritual tools we need for facing challenges and building hope as we travel along the twists and turns of life. Every month we will examine a new spiritual theme to answer our big question of the year:

On the twists and turns of life how do we find…

September: Belonging

October: Courage

November: Change

December: Wonder

January: Our Center

February: Love

March: Vulnerability

April: Resistance

May: Creativity

June: Delight

These are the same monthly themes that adults will be exploring in worship and in Chalice Circles

Childcare (crawlers and toddlers) 

We will continue to offer childcare for young children every Sunday in our nursery, 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Parents of infants are welcome to keep their children with them either in the Sanctuary or in the Wiggle Room at the rear of the sanctuary.

Sunshine Circle (preschoolers and kindergartners)

Sunshine Circle, which is for preschoolers and kindergartners, will be held every Sunday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Children will gather to light a chalice, share joys and sorrows, and listen to a story related to our monthly theme. They will also be provided with time for games and free play.

Chalice Chapel (1st through 6th graders)

Chalice Chapel, which is for 1st through 6th graders, will be held every Sunday 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

On the first Sunday of each month, children and their families will begin together in the Sanctuary to begin to discover the new monthly spiritual theme before children transition to activities and games in Peace Hall. 

On following Sundays, children will gather together for their own short worship service in the Peace Hall which will include music, joys and sorrows, wisdom tales, and mindfulness practices to deepen their understanding of that months’ theme.

Donuts and Discussion Youth Group (7th through 12th graders)

Our Youth Group, which is for 7th through 12th graders, will be held on the first, third, and occasional fifth Sundays of every month, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Youth are invited to come together for donuts and discussion about what’s going on in our lives and what is needed to navigate the twists and turns of teenage years with the spiritual monthly themes. We’ll also enjoy games, hikes, and service projects to build connections with our congregation and the wider community. 

*On the first Sunday of the month youth will start in the Sanctuary for short multigenerational worship.*

In addition to Sunday morning gatherings, the youth group will have at least one social gathering a month, either at UUFR or in the larger community.

Youth Assistant Program (7th through 12th graders)

On 2nd and 4th Sundays, youth will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in many ways. Youth can apply for the opportunity to assist in the Nursery, Children’s Chapel, or at the A/V Table in Sanctuary. Accepted teens who are at least 14 will be paid $10 an hour. A Zoom interview with Dana is required with each participating teen in August.

Coming of Age (9-12th graders)

January – June 2023 on two Sunday afternoons monthly 

Coming of Age is a beloved program that guides youth in examining the great religious questions and clarifying their own beliefs or “credos”.  Sessions will focus on life’s obstacles, spiritual practices, and moral quandaries, and culminate with writing a short statement of belief to share with the congregation. As part of the program we will travel to the Mountain Retreat Youth Con in March as part of the program to connect and worship with UU teens from around the country.

OWL Overview

OWL (Our Whole Lives) is the name of our comprehensive sexuality education program.

During 2022-2023, OWL classes will be offered for lower-elementary-aged students, upper elementary-aged students, middle-school-aged students, and high-school-aged  students mostly on Sunday mornings at different times of the year.

All children and youth are strongly encouraged to participate in OWL. However, children and youth who do not participate in OWL will always be able to participate in either Chalice Chapel or Youth Group.

OWL Schedule

Lower Elementary (1st and 2nd graders) 

Required parent orientation: Sunday, January 8. 

Classes: January 22, January 29, February 8, February 12, February 26, March 5, March 12, March 19

These classes will be held 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Upper Elementary (4th, 5th, and 6th graders) 

 Required parent orientation: September 18

 Classes: September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13, December 4, and December 11

These classes will be held 10:30 -11:30 a.m. on Sundays

Middle School OWL (7th, 8th, and 9th graders)

 Required parent orientation: Sunday, September 11

 Classes: September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13, December 4, December 11, January 8, January 22, January 29, February 8, February 12, February 26, March 5, March 12, March 9, March 26, April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4

 Please note that these classes will be held 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. on Sundays

High School (10th, 11th, and 12th graders)

High school OWL will be offered in a weekend retreat format on Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, January 7-8, and February 25-26.

Outside of Sunday mornings

We are planning many social events, outings, as well as other activities for children, youth, and their families outside of Sunday morning as well. Watch the Chalice, our weekly newsletter, for announcements.

Click here to register a child or youth for regular programming or OWL classes for the 2022-2023 congregational year.