Children & Youth Religious Education

It’s about…Living Mindfully and Loving Faithfully.

Welcome to the religious education program at First Unitarian Church of Rochester!  We offer a religious education program that engages our church community in providing children and youth with a strong sense of  belonging, understanding, and living.  Kids are encouraged to seek their own truths, express their values, and live lives of meaning inspired by those values.  We help children honor the differences among us while celebrating our shared humanity.  We foster their delight in the mysteries and miracles of the world.  Our program reflects our desire to cultivate each child’s religious growth by encouraging an ever-deepening understanding of our faith.

During our Sunday worship services (9:30am and 11:15am) we offer loving care for Infants and Toddlers, and structured curriculum for Pre-Schoolers. Our Workshop Adventure Program for K-5th graders and Spiritual Survivor Program for 6-8th graders, repeat at both service times on Sunday.  Our Coming of Age program for 9th and 10th graders meets every Sunday (12:30-1:45pm); and our Youth Group for high school teens meets on Saturdays (5:30-7:45pm) during the school year.

The home is a child’s primary center for spiritual growth, and we cherish our partnership with families!  Check out our 2016-17 Religious Education Booklet. You can register for any offerings either online or by printing and returning this form.

Parenting as Spiritual Practice

A monthly offering for any parent who wishes to learn non-violent communication skills, mindfulness techniques, and nourish gratitude.  Sundays at 9:30am as announced in the RE newsletter!

Contacts: Sheila Schuh  and Jan Cook

High School Youth Group

At Youth Group, UU teens focus on four components: community building, spiritual development, social action, and education.  The teens plan activities together based on the group’s interests, fostering leadership development.

Every two years, our Youth Group plans and sponsors a district wide CON (conference) which is a weekend-long gathering full of connection, spiritual activities, and teen-planned workshops.  There are also opportunities to go to other church CONS each year and spend time with other UU teens.

We meet on Saturdays from September through early June.  For more information contact Jerry Ingram.

Bridging Generations Project

In March of 2012, our Youth Group held interviews with the elders of our church and captured them in a film called “Bridging Generations: Inherited Wisdom.”  This series of interviews explores everything from rich past experiences to words of wisdom for the future.  In this preview, the elders provide insights for future generations.

One youth’s experience doing the project was published in this newsletter article.