Chalice Children (9:15 and 11:00) 3-5 Year Olds
Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share.
Chalice Circles--Tool Box of Faith (6-11 year olds)
Our Elementary Children’s Ministry Program is called Chalice Circles. It is a small group ministry model in which children meet weekly in a group of 8 to 12 children close in age. In Chalice Circles, each week children have an opportunity to worship, to build community, to participate in meaningful service and learn about Unitarian Universalism. About once a month the children join the adults in sanctuary for Multigenerational Worship time, which gives children a chance to worship with their parents and be connected to the whole community. At least 3 Sundays month the children attend a children’s worship service together in the Community Room led by Marion Hirsch, Director of Lifespan Religious Education. The children's service begins with music and singing. Then the children will break in small groups called Chalice Circles.
Our theme for this year is “Tool Box of Faith” and we Invite participants to reflect on qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. In Chalice Circles, the children will be encounting principles and foundations of our faith through sharing, drama, art, and games. Service is a central focus of our faith and our church’s mission. Once a month in their Chalice Cchildren will be joining and learning about the major service projects of the congregation through the Faith in Action program.
Our program is worship centered which means that children participate in worship every week. We are moving away from calling the groups “classes” and calling our program an “education” program. Our children absolutely do learn about Unitarian Universalism while participating in the ministry program; however our emphasis is teaching through worship,singing, community and service. So our program is experiential.
A Typical Chalice Circle Month Once a month the children join the adults in sanctuary for Multigenerational Worship time which gives children a chance to worship with their parents and be connected to the whole community. The rest of the month the children attend a children’s worship service together in the Community Room led by Marion Hirsch, Director of Lifespan Religious Education. After worship and singing the children will gather in their small groups or Chalice Circle to share, play games, participate in service projects or create art or a craft. Then weather permitting, they will end on the playground for free play. .
Once a month children participate in a service project in large or small groups. The service projects are part of the larger service and outreach of the congregation so children have a chance to get to know leaders in the congregation who are leading projects. In the fall, we will focus on Habitat, Caring, and Building and Grounds. In the spring, we will focus on the Interfaith Council, the environment, CROP Walk and Table.
Typical Weekly Schedule (except for Multigenerational Service Sundays)
For more information contact:
Marion Hirsch, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
hirsch.communitychurch @ gmail.com