Programs for Children (ages 0-12)

Our Religious Education Programs

The mission of our Children and Youth Religious (CYRE) Education Program is to help each child grow within our supportive community. We want our  children and youth to:

  • become religiously literate, especially regarding Unitarian Universalism,
  • see themselves as ethical and moral decision-makers,
  • develop a deep appreciation for all religious and spiritual perspectives,
  • cultivate earth stewardship and awareness, and
  • recognize themselves as active agents for good in the world.


All children in our programs must have BOTH an Information Form and a Release & Media Consent Form completed by a parent or guardian (one per registrant):

  1. REQUIRED Registration Form: Either print, fill out and return a hard copy of the form to the DRE.
  2. REQUIRED Release & Media Consent Forms: Print and fill out a hard copy, sign, and return to the DRE.
  3. Volunteer Form: Your participation, in whatever capacity you are able to give, is greatly appreciated. To best match our volunteer opportunities with your interests, please fill out our CYRE Volunteer Form and return to the DRE.

Class Groupings

Age groupings are flexible based on enrollment, individual needs and maturity levels.
Age groupings are:

  • Nursery, ages 0-3: Infants to 3 years can be signed-in to the nursery anytime after 10:00 am for supervised play time with Holly Noelle and helpers. Pick-up is 11:45 – 12:00.
  • Preschool/Kindergarten, ages 3-5. Children will start off upstairs in the service for the greeting time and then head over with their leaders to Room 3, which is next door to the nursery. Being next door to the nursery should help young children to make the transition to the CYRE program smooth and at their own rate. The class will be made up of 15-20 minutes of songs, games and crafts and the rest of the time will be free play.
  • Younger-Ages Kids (YAKS), grades 1-3 and Middle-Ages Kids (MAKS), grades 4-6. The children will start upstairs in the service. After the “Time for All Ages” part of the service, they will go to Room 1. These two age groups will both be using the “Miracles” curriculum from the “Tapestry of Faith.” Sometimes they will be in the same space for the program and sometimes they will split off into different class rooms.
  • Junior Youth and Senior Youth (ages 13-20): please visit our Youth Programs page.

It’s My First Visit – What Do I Do?

Please visit our Welcome Table to pick up a name-tag and information about our programs.

If you have babies or toddlers: You may keep your child with you during the service or take your child directly to the nursery (the greeters in the church foyer will direct you). If you choose to leave your child in the nursery, then give your name to the usher when you return to the service and sit in the last rows of seats. This is so ushers can easily get your attention if your child needs you in the nursery. You are invited to have coffee after the service. Please sign your child in and out of the nursery.

If you have older children: They should go with you to the main sanctuary for the “time for all ages” part of the service. This may involve a song, story, or group chat. After this, you should accompany your children downstairs to the appropriate classrooms (signs on the doors will indicate the class age groupings). Please introduce yourself and your children to the group leaders or the Director of Religious Education, Shannon Mang. Then you may rejoin the service in Panabaker Hall. You are invited to have a quick coffee after the service. Please sign your child in (at the table inside the main sanctuary) and out (when you pick them up from their classroom).

  • Children get to know each other better, have more fun, and learn about community when they attend at least 3-4 Sundays a month. We encourage you to come regularly!
  • Volunteer involvement by parents is essential for our programs to be successful. Please speak to our Director of Religious Education about ways that you can help out.

Looking for CYRE Teachers!

Do you want to connect to our Children and Youth Programs? Then maybe teaching or assisting this year is for you! Not sure if you can commit full time? Not a problem, we can work around your schedule! The teachers and curriculum already lined up so far this year are fantastic, and we are looking for some more teachers and assistants to really make this year great!  If you are interested or have any questions, email our Director of Religious Education.

For More Information

Sheila MacMaster, Director of Religious Education
Office phone: 403-404-1361
Office hours: Wednesdays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. For other times, please book an appointment.

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