Child Dedication Ceremonies are an opportunity to welcome infants and children into the UU religious community. It is the custom of UU congregations to welcome little ones into their community in a ceremony that is similar to Baptism and Christenings. A UU Child Dedication ceremony is a special time in a child’s and family’s life, when the child is blessed and their life is dedicated to love. At the same time, it is a ceremony for the parents, family and congregation to dedicate themselves to the unfolding life of the child and to supporting their spiritual growth. Learn more.
Children are invited to participate in portions of Sunday Worship, including Time For All Ages, making announcements, and assisting during special services. Our special multi-generational services are designed to be interesting and accessible for individuals of all ages (preschool to adult) and occur multiple times per year.
During the Sunday RE classes, children are separated into class by developmental age: Nursery, Preschool (ages 3-5), Early Elementary (K-2nd grade), Older Elementary (3rd -5th grade), Jr UUth (6th-8th), and UUth (9th-12th).
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a program intended to present accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. At AUUC, our OWL classes begin at 4th grade with classes for: 4th-5th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th. Learn more.
Coming of Age is a year-long curriculum for Jr. UUth (grades 6-8) to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and begin to articulate their own beliefs. Learn more. This year culminates in a “Coming of Age” service. This service is conducted (in part) by the youth and is a time for the Jr. UUth to share what they have learned about UUism and their own beliefs. This program also involves in a trip to Boston, MA where the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is headquartered and students learn about the past, present, and future of Unitarian Universalism. The entire children’s program, particularly the youth, fundraise for this event via pancake breakfasts and other activities.
At age 15, youth can become a member and have an opportunity for direct participation in the Democratic process of church which includes the potential to attend a General Assembly, become a member of the Board of Directors, and assume leadership roles in the church. AUUC’s minister is directly involved in these efforts.