Sunday Morning Programs
Worship is the heart of our Children’s Ministry program. Through worship children reflect on important life issues, are uplifted through music, hold others in care, and have time to listen to the still small voice within.
On Sunday mornings we offer worship services at 9:30 and 11:20. We offer child care for our youngest children. We have three different kinds of services for our families:
- Multigenerational Services happen once a month, and all families worship with the whole congregation in our Sanctuary, Hamilton Hall. These services often mark special occasions in the church’s program year.
- Time for All Ages has the children begin in worship in Hamilton Hall, and then continue to activities in our Program rooms on the 2nd floor. During Time for All Ages worship, the day’s worship theme is presented in an age-appropriate story or lesson.
- Children’s Chapel is geared toward elementary aged children, and meets in the Starr King Room. This is a 20 – 25 minute worship with songs, stories, and movement that reflects the same theme as the adult worship service. The children then go on to the Program Rooms.
In Hamilton Hall, children can sit together up front or with their parents. Families are also welcome to stay together in Hamilton Hall for the entire worship service. After service, parents can come to the Program Rooms to pick up their children.
For more information you can contact Rev. Sheri Prud’homme, Director of Children and Family Ministry at Rev Sheri@uuoakland.org.
Chalice Children: Infants to 5 year olds
(Sundays from 9:15am until 1:00pm, 1st floor)
Our youngest children are welcomed in the Chalice Children room on the first floor. Dorothy, our professional childcare worker, and her mother Manju, create a safe place where free play, stories and simple snacks are offered. Parents are asked to bring diapers, drinking cups, and any preferred foods for their child.
Spirit Art & Games: Children ages 4 and older
(Sundays following worship until 1:00pm, 2nd floor)
Our Game Room is supervised by the Coordinator and high school student workers. Children can play games and enjoy each others’ friendship. In the Art Room there is a project centered on the worship theme for the month.
(Sundays after worship until 12:40 pm, 3rd floor)
Our 6th through 9th graders will meet in their own group led by a paid facilitator to explore living lives of greater meaning and community engagement at their own level. They will worship with the congregation on Multigenerational Sundays and Time for All Ages Sundays.
First Time Visitor?
Please plan to take the time to fill out a Visitor Connect Card. You will need to do this in order for your child(ren) to be in our care. Please look for members wearing leis, our Children and Family Ministry Coordinator Nicole Fitzhugh, or Rev. Sheri Prud’homme on Sunday mornings for answers to any questions or for help with this process. Children must be picked up before 1 o’clock from either the nursery or the Spirit Rooms. A light snack will be provided, so please let us know if there are food allergies. Parents are welcome to accompany their child to the Nursery or to Sunday morning programming; children are welcome to stay in the service.
Rites of Passage
Marking important events in our lives gives them more meaning and significance. Church is a place for your child’s changing self and world to be honored. Contact Rev. Sheri to schedule or for more information: Rev Sheri@uuoakland.org.
- Child Dedications: twice a year, in Hamilton Hall, we dedicate our congregation to supporting children and their parents
- Tolling of the Bells: This New Year ritual gives each person the opportunity to speak the name and light a candle for someone important who has died in the previous year.
- Coming of Age (bi-annually): a year-long program with a concluding ritual to mark the important life transition from childhood to adolescence.
- Bridging Ceremony: High School Seniors ritually bridge into young adulthood.
- Personal Rituals: Major life events such as the birth of a sibling, deaths, menarche or divorce can be marked in a private ceremony.
Coming of Age: Grades 8, 9 & 10 offered in 2016-17
Our Coming of Age program for prepares youth to be welcomed into the adult congregation. With the support of their mentors, participants will develop their own credos. Areas of study include: UU heritage and theology, personal beliefs, worship, and social responsibility. This program culminates in the spring with a worship service in May.
Our Whole Lives: Alternate years. Offered 2017-18
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a sexuality and relationship education curricula taught by trained volunteer instructors from our congregation. OWL helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. We offer three levels of OWL: K-1; 4th-5th; and 7th-9th.
High School Youth Group
High school youth group meets once a month after services. Contact Rev. Sheri for more information: Rev Sheri@uuoakland.org.
The second week in August is our summer day camp – 40 hours of fun-filled religious education for children entering 1st- 6th grades. Chalice Camp deepens children’s identity as Unitarian Universalists and expands their knowledge of Unitarian Universalism and their capacity to be articulate about our faith. The curriculum alternates between Foundation of Unitarian Universalism which focuses on our theological heritage and Identity and Justice, which focuses on resisting racism and creating just community. Campers explore and experience UU identity, history, theology and values through energetic worship, games, drama, art, and community building. Lake Temescal in Oakland provides a beautiful place to run, play, swim, and learn. By worshipping, learning, and playing with UU children from other churches, campers experience a faith community broader than just our church. Get more information and register at http://www.chalicecamp.org.