Parents and caregivers are our children’s primary religious educators, and not only because we give explanations and advice. Every day, we model attitudes toward faith, meaning, and purpose that children will notice and copy. This is true for families of all configurations, with or without children at home. Our attitudes towards faith, meaning, and purpose drive our decisions about how we spend our money, what we do with our leisure time, how we participate in our democracy – virtually every aspect of our lives.
Why Come to Church?
Children who come to church regularly:
•Make friends they look forward to seeing on Sunday.
•Know their teachers and develop a valuable relationship with them.
•Understand the theme of the curricula.
•Are familiar and “at home” with the church buildings.
•Naturally memorize the repeated words and songs in worship.
•Know and look forward to the cycles of events and rituals of the church year.
•Develop a sense of belonging; know names of many people of all ages.
•Develop a sense of stewardship about the church and feel fulfilled when they have helped.
•Feel a sense of ownership of their religion, their church and the RE program.
•Adults who come to church regularly experience similar satisfaction.
Children who drop in once a month or less do not experience the richness of the community. It becomes another ‘thing to do’ rather than an integral part of family and spiritual life.
Busy lives need spiritual practice that binds the family and community in shared experience. Angus MacLean once said, “Religion is caught, not taught.”
There is no fee or tuition required for our Family Ministry program. This program, like other core church programs, is funded by the generous giving of members through annual pledges to the church operating budget. In addition, the program receives support from dedicated volunteers from all corners of the church community.
Please consider supporting this and other UUFR programs through your own time, talents and financial resources.