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Children & Youth Religious Education

Welcome to the religious education program at First Unitarian Church of Rochester! We seek to provide a rich and visible religious education program that engages a broad cross-section of the church community in providing children and youth with a strong sense of religious belonging, understanding, and living. Throughout our program, kids are encouraged to seek their own truths, to clarify their values, and to live lives of meaning inspired by those values. We help children honor the differences among us - e.g., diversity of race, ability, sexual orientation, and opinion - while celebrating our shared humanity, and we strive to foster their delight in the mysteries and miracles of the world. The significant Unitarian Universalist identity component in our program reflects our desire to cultivate each child's religious growth by encouraging an ever-deepening understanding of our faith.

During our Saturday (4:30pm) and Sunday (9:30 and 11:15am) worship services we offer structured programming for pre-school and school-age children and youth, as well as loving care for infants and toddlers. In addition, we run a coming of age program for 9th and 10th graders and a Youth Group for high schoolers on Saturdays from 5:30-7:00pm during the school year. We have about 300 registered children and youth, and a teaching staff (nearly all volunteer) of over 100 adults and teens.

The home is a child's primary center for spiritual growth, and we cherish our partnership with families! Details of our 2013-14 programs are listed in the program booklet [PDF]; the 2014-15 booklet will appear here when available. You can register for any offerings either online or by printing and returning this form [PDF].

July 7 2014