“The function of the church for both young and old is not to give us on Sundays certain kinds of experiences different from the experiences of every day. The function of the church is rather to teach us how to put religious and ethical qualities into all kinds of experiences.” – Sophia Lyon Fah

Visitors and Newcomers
First Unitarian welcomes visits from those who are discovering our Religious Exploration programs for children and youth. Newcomers are encouraged to complete a visitor information form. To facilitate a warm, positive introduction for visiting children or youth, parents or guardians are invited to introduce themselves to our Director of Religious Exploration, members of the Religious Exploration Ministry, and your children’s teachers. Parents are always welcome to visit their children’s classrooms. Please feel free to ask questions about our program.

First Unitarian Church is a Welcoming Congregation, committed to respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In particular, we recognize that churches have often not been safe and affirming places for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and have resolved to take actions such as this statement to make our welcome clear. In our Religious Education program, we wish to provide a welcoming environment to all children and youth, and to their families. This involves affirming both traditional and non-traditional families in all of their variety. We also strive to use curriculum resources that help our children and youth value diversity and strengthen them to stand against prejudice and discrimination.

Registration for all children and youth is required annually. Registration places your family on the Religious Exploration mailing list and ensures that you will receive all mailings relating to your child’s class, curriculum-related mailings, field trips, and special RE events. Also, registration informs us about any special needs, allergies, etc. that teachers need to be aware of concerning your child. Registration forms are available online or from the Director of Religious Exploration, R.E. greeters, or classroom teachers.

Parent Responsibilities
Prior to Religious Exploration classes or activities, and after classes end, children and youth are the responsibility of the parent or other adult who brought them to church. Each Sunday morning, doors open at 9:30 and classes begin at 9:45. Remember to allow yourself time to settle into your own Exploration classroom for an on-time 9:45 start. Please be courteous to your children’s teachers by picking up your children promptly at 10:45, so that Exploration teachers may attend the Celebration of Life.

In order to provide a sense of community in the classroom and continuity in course content, consistent attendance is important. In today’s busy world, weekly attendance is not always possible. Please let your child’s teacher or your adult group facilitator know your expected attendance schedule so they can plan accordingly.

Parent and Caregiver Contributions
Our Exploration program relies on parent volunteers. We ask that all parents donate a minimum of 4 hours of volunteer time each semester, as well as drinks and non-perishable snacks for Sunday morning classes. Online volunteer form.

Permission Forms
Youth and their parents or caregivers are required to sign Behavioral Expectations and Discipline Procedures agreements prior to participation in all Youth Group activities. These forms are available from the Director of Religious Exploration or youth advisors, or print them from pdf files:

Safety & Behavior Covenant

Emergency Form – Must be on file with DRE