Children & Youth Programs
The Anchorage UU Fellowship's programs for children and youth include safe and caring child care, robust religious exploration curricula, and family-oriented activities.
During the regular school year, AUUF offers childcare for children ages 1-12 to enable parents to attend the Sunday 9:00 a.m. Forum service. During the summer, childcare is not available for the 9:00 a.m. service, however childcare is available during the 11:00 a.m. service. Childcare is also frequently available during annual fellowship events and sponsored activities to allow adults to take part in these programs. We welcome youth over age 14 and adults to apply to be a paid childcare provider.
Throughout the regular school year, during the 11:00 a.m. service, a full program of religious education is offered for young people ages 1 year through high school. Children and youth explore religious ideas through exciting themed activities, seasonal festivities and social service projects. Well over 100 young people enroll in AUUF's popular Children and Youth Religious Exploration programs each year. Children of similar age are placed in classes with a leadership team who provide age-appropriate learning and activities from curricula that emphasize our Unitarian Universalist heritage ― world religions, peace and social justice.
AUUF Religious Exploration teaching teams are volunteer and are supported by the congregation through the work of a Director of Religious Exploration, as well as the efforts of the entire fellowship. Children are valued members of the fellowship and AUUF strives to make young people feel the importance of their presence and contribution to the life of our religious community.
On many Sundays, children/youth begin the morning together in the downstairs Gathering Room, where they participate in a Singing Circle at 10:45 a.m., followed by a Chalice Circle at 11:00 a.m. At 11:15 a.m., the children go to their classrooms for age grouped activities. There are some exceptions:
First and third Sundays: Children join the 11:00 a.m. service for the first 15 minutes before being sung out to their classes.
Second and fourth Sundays: Children begin the 11:00 service downstairs in the Gathering Room.
Circle Sundays: Periodically, all-age services include children, during holiday services throughout the year.
Children are encouraged to join adults upstairs during the Social Hour (12:15 - 1:15 p.m.) which follows the 11:00 a.m. service.
Children & Youth RE Curricula
Children and Youth religious exploration occurs in age-grouped classes, from toddlers to high school. Children enjoy the focus on exploration, rather than an emphasis on indoctrination. Age-appropriate curriculum themes and topics vary each year, and often from season to season. Some of AUUF's RE curricula comes from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) national curriculum set call Tapestry of Faith. These inspiring and engaging curriculua include stories and ideas from across the religious landscape, are very interactive and hands-on. Several other stellar curricula are used during years when the exploration focus is on World Religions.
AUUF RE curricula themes are guided by UU's 6 Sources of Inspiration and are rotated from year to year. Each class will use different curricula exploring a common theme for the session. Age-appropriate variations of the theme are offered for younger groups. The theme for the 2019-2020 RE year is Our Jewish and Christian Heritage. Age appropriate curricula will address this theme in the fall sessions. The winter session will be theme-based with workshop rotational style classes.
AUUF RE will be using themed curricula materials, which are provided to teachers. Curricula materials that are part of the Tapestry of Faith program are also available on the Unitarian Universalist Association website, and where available links are provided below
Summary of 2019-2020 classes and curricula - document provides a brief synopsis of each class curricula subject.
Children & Youth Program Registration
Parents and guardians are asked to register their children and youth by completing the required forms:
AUUF CYRE Registration / Medical Waiver form. May fill out and submit online (form below), or download and complete this PDF version and submit it in person.
Youth Permissions form. Parents / guardians of Youth (Junior High and High School) must also complete and submit the Youth Permissions form allowing direct email communication, Facebook (social media) page participation, and a waiver / permission to participate in Youth Lock-in events.