During the school year, Religious Education classes for children 4 and older take place downstairs or in the Annex building at 10am, every Sunday, before joining adults for the 11am service. During the Summer, we have Camp UU Events. Please see the Children and Youth page below for details. Nursery care is available from 9:30-11:00 for babies and toddlers up to age four, and from 11-12:15 for children 7 and under (or those with special needs, for whom attendance in service would be a hardship) when programming is not available. yUUth Group for 7th-12th graders meets in the Annex during RE class time. Adult Religious Education classes occur at 10am as well.
The religious exploration program at UUFF exists to cultivate our children and youth’s capacity to love radically, wonder continually, and change the world with acts of bravery and compassion. We do this using the tools of our historic and progressive faith, Unitarian Universalism, and within the covenanted church community of UUFF.
These are the values we promote in the religious exploration program:
- the importance and uniqueness of each person and family
- fairness and kindness in all our interactions
- spiritual growth
- lifelong learning
- democracy and a voice for all people
- a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
- respect and careful tending of our shared Earth home
These values underlie everything we say and do, and how we behave. Values are taught and “caught.” We engage the children weekly from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with workshops, stories, discussions, games, and arts and crafts. We get together regularly to support one another’s interests and accomplishments. Examples include attending youth theater performances in which one of our children or youth is acting, going on group hikes, and hosting movie and pizza nights at the church.
We share the Unitarian Universalist faith, religions of the world, teachings of great people past and present, and a sense of wonder and awe at experiencing the transcendent, however that manifests for us as individuals and as a collective.
Teresa Honey Youngblood has been the religious education coordinator since 2011. She has two master’s degrees, one in American Studies and one in Education. She has been a classroom teacher in public and private schools, has worked for the Florida Department of Education, and has directed an after-school program. She is currently enrolled in the UUA’s religious education credentialing program. She likes counting birds and frogs as a citizen scientist, discovering and sharing great picture books, knitting in bright colors, running slow but for a long time, writing poems, and growing food.