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 Faith Development Program.

Register Here for all Faith Development 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 our own Bible Stories curriculum, written by First Unitarian Universalist Society member, Jeff Trumbower, Ph.D. or the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula, Toolbox of Faith and Windows and Mirrors. Starting in 2020-2021 program year we hope to introduce Earth Circles, a science-based environmental justice curriculum.   Register Here for 4th – 5th Grade Programs

Soup Sunday at First Unitarian Universalist Society of BurlingtonSixth – Seventh Grades

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.

Building BridgesYouth experience the beliefs, worship, and rituals of a diverse mix of nearby faith communities. They do this through many field trips as well as hosting guests, all of which gives them a wider context for understanding their UU faith. Register Here for 6th-7th Grade Programs


Sunday Morning Schedule for children

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

9:45: Nursery opens
10:00: Worship Service begins in the Sanctuary
10:00: Our Whole Lives (OWL) class (8th grade) begins
10:20: Preschool – 7th graders leave worship for FD classes
11:00: Worship Service ends ** Fellowship and hospitality in the Parlors and Community Room **
11:15: FD classes end – parents pick children up from their classrooms
11:15: Nursery closes
11:30: OWL ends

First Sunday of the month:

9:45: Nursery opens
10:00: Family Chapel begins in the Community Room while Worship Service begins in the Sanctuary
10:00: Our Whole Lives (OWL) class (8th grade) begins
10:20: Parents join the Worship Service in the sanctuary while Preschool – 7th graders leave chapel for FD classes
11:00: Worship Service ends ** Fellowship and hospitality in the Parlors and Community Room **
11:15: FD classes end – parents pick children up from their classrooms
11:15: Nursery closes
11:30: OWL ends

Family Chapel

Faith Development is a family affair! On the first Sunday of each month, parents, teachers, and anyone else who would like to, join children in the Community Room for Family Chapel. The themes of Family Chapel reflect the themes used in the sanctuary. Children are encouraged to take part in the ritual, by lighting the chalice, ringing the chime, offering the reading, and sharing their joys and sorrows. This alternative start to Sunday worship, will last about 20 minutes, after which parents will head up to the sanctuary to join the larger worship service and kids will begin their classes or other scheduled activities.