Religious education at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington

Preschool and lower elementary children follow Spirit Play, a Montessori-based curriculum centered on the children, with engaging stories which pose wondering questions. Groups of older children explore UU identity, spiritual growth, justice-making, and faith formation through selections in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Tapestry of Faith series. Sixth graders grapple with big questions and explore UU History. Your child must be registered to participate in the Family Ministry program.

Programming at 9:00 is open to children through fifth grade; 11:00 serves all ages.

Register Here for all Family Ministry Programs

Infants & Toddlers

Infants and toddlers are cared for in our safe, friendly nursery by trained adult supervisors and teen staff. Parents must sign children in to the nursery and be sure staff signs them out when children are picked up. Due to maintaining safe adult/child ratios, on occasion parents may be asked to stay with their own child in the nursery. You may also listen to the service in the parlors with your infant/toddler if you need a quieter space. Register Here for the Nursery

Preschool – Third Grade

This age group follows the curriculum, Spirit Play, where stories and wondering questions are shared in a child-centered atmosphere. Register Here for Spirit Play

Fourth – Fifth Grades

Children's Choir at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of BurlingtonDepending on the year and enrollment, fourth and fifth graders follow the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula, Toolbox of Faith and Windows and Mirrors. We add to these our own Bible Stories curriculum, written by First Unitarian Universalist Society member, Jeff Trumbower, Ph.D. Register Here for 4th – 5th Grade Programs

Soup Sunday at First Unitarian Universalist Society of BurlingtonSixth Grade

Riddle and Mystery – There are so many questions in life and this program helps sixth graders begin to search for understanding. It is paired with an exploration of UU history which prepares the group for an experiential learning trip to Boston in the spring. Register Here for Riddle & Mystery


Sunday Morning Children and Youth Schedule

Below is the schedule for Sunday mornings when we have Family Ministry (FM) classes. Since a number of Sundays diverge from this schedule, please check our Upcoming Sundays page for details about what’s ahead for worship and classes or other activities for children and youth.

8:30: Nursery opens
9:00: First Worship Service begins in the Sanctuary
9:20: Preschool – 5th graders leave worship for FM classes
10:00: First Worship Service ends ** Fellowship and hospitality in the Parlors and Community Room **
10:15: FM classes end – parents pick children up from their classrooms
10:45: Yuuth Group (9th-12th grade) begins


11:00: Second Worship Service begins in the Sanctuary

11:00: Our Whole Lives (OWL) class (7th-8th grade) begins
11:20: Preschool – 6th graders leave worship for FM classes
12:00: Second Worship Service ends ** Fellowship and hospitality in the Parlors and Community Room **
12:15: FM classes end – parents pick children up from their classrooms
12:30: OWL ends
12:30: Nursery closes