“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.
Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, most of our activities for children, youth, and families is on hold except for some special outside social activities during July and August. However, we plan to resume activities for youth 12 and over in September. We are still in discernment about when to begin activities for younger children.
The descriptions below apply to our plans after resuming in-person activities for all children and youth.
On Sunday Mornings
Children birth to 3
Our paid childcare providers provide childcare for children from birth to age three in our nursery during our Sunday morning worship services. Parents are also welcome to bring their children into the sanctuary with them. We also have a “Wiggle Room” off of our sanctuary, where parents can sit in rockers with fussy or crying children and still watch the worship service through a glass window and hear it on speakers.
Children Ages 3-5
Children ages 3 to 5 participate in our preschool program during our Sunday morning worship services.
Children Grades 1 – 5
On the first Sunday of every month, children in grades 1- 5 join their parents in our sanctuary for the first half of the worship service and then attend classes the second half of the service.
On other Sundays, these short children’s chapel and then attend classes.
Youth Grades 6-12
On the first Sunday of every month, youth ages 12-18 (or those who have yet to finish high school), attend our main worship service.
On the other Sundays of the month, these youth attend either our Middle School Youth Group or our High School Youth Group during the service.
During their classes, children and youth explore a Soul Matter theme. To learn more about Soul Matters, click here.
OWL (Our Whole Lives)
OWL is a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum. OWL classes for various age groups are scheduled to begin in January 2022.
Coming of Age
Our Coming of Age program is a special program for 9th grade students.
Social and Intergenerational Events
Many social and intergenerational events are scheduled regularly throughout the year.