PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AT UCM

Within a safe and loving community, we help our children grow up to be responsible and respectful members of the global community, able to act with compassion and to speak for justice.
Our programs for children strive to honour our children’s natural sense of wonder, teach about the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions, foster respect for the diversity and inspire children and youth to act for justice, within a supportive community.
In addition to a regular Sunday program there are a variety of special events held throughout the year..

Our programs for children strive to honour our children’s natural sense of wonder,  teach about the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions, foster respect for the diversity and inspire children and youth to act for justice, within a supportive community.

During our Sunday morning worship service we offer loving care for toddlers and engaging programming for pre-school and school-age children. The children & youth programming at UCM is known as Spiritual Exploration (SE).

Our team of carefully chosen volunteer teachers help the children explore our 7 principles through the use of story, discussion, crafts, cooperative games, and activities to create a fun, interactive experience for young people.

In addition to a regular Sunday program there are a variety of special events held throughout the year.

To register your children in the Spiritual education program, email Pamela

SPIRIT PLAY
Spiritual Exploration for ages 4-9

Spirit Play is a UU curriculum founded in Montessori Philosophy in a proven educational method whose values support Unitarian Universalism:

  • Encourages independent thinking through wondering questions
  • Gives children real choices within the structure of the morning
  • Creates community of children in classroom of mixed ages
  • Develops an underlying sense of the spiritual and the mystery of life
  • Supports congregational polity through choice of lessons

Spirit Play is a way of thinking about religious education and inviting children and adults into an exploration of their own needs and “existential” limits.
It provides for the modeling of authentic religious questioning, the freedom to search for one’s own meaning, and perhaps most importantly, is emotionally provocative. I often tell the children that faith is not really something you
think, but something you feel.

Spirit Play storytelling and wondering can bring to the surface many feelings and allows for the processing of those feelings. There is not so much of an “aha” quality as there is an “aaaah” quality to the program, a comfort and
connection. That, I believe, is how connections are made, and it’s how our children can bond to their UU faith.|
–Kerrie Lirosi

To register your children in the Spiritual education program, email Pamela

Our programs for children strive to:

  • Honour our children’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder
  • Familiarize our children with our Unitarian Universalist heritage and values and with the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions
  • Encourage children’s appreciation for our shared humanity and respect for the diversity of opinion, ability, affectional orientation and ethnicity among us
  • Foster children’s sense of connectedness to the extended spiritual family in our congregation and support parents in a community of like-minded individuals
  • Inspire children and youth to act for justice, equity and compassion

To register your children in the Spiritual education program, email Pamela

We know that parents of young children need a spirit break.  At our regular Sunday morning services, children join their families for the welcoming, chalice lighting and a story for all ages.  Children may opt to stay with their parents in the children’s nook or can visit the nursery were they can spend approximately 45 minutes in the care of loving and friendly caregivers before being pick up in time for Fellowship Hour.

To register your children in the Spiritual education program, email Pamela

Parents and caregivers come to Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations for communities that help raise children to become kind, respectful, fair-minded, caring, and strong enough to side with love and fight for justice. UU religious education and participation in worship, social justice work, and multigenerational gatherings reinforce what parents teach at home. We nurture truth-seeking, spirituality, and progressive moral values that will continue to shape and support our children as they grow.

Unitarian Universalist (UU) children’s programs build resilience, offering support through life’s tough times and encouraging each child to connect with their own quest for purpose and meaning. Kids learn respect for others and respect for themselves. They experience spiritual practices and learn ways to center themselves, whether by sitting cross-legged and taking a few deep breaths, giving thanks before they eat a meal, or looking up at the stars in wonder. Our programs create peer connections that break the patterns of a school or neighborhood social scene, allowing children to build genuine friendships across differences.

UU religious education is goal-oriented in one way: We seek an outcome of respectful, responsible, life-loving kids who know they are valued for all of who they are and are ready to show others the same deep acceptance.

School age children join their families for the welcoming, chalice lighting and a story for all ages at regular Sunday services.  They then participate in 45 minutes to 1 hour of programming.

To register your children in the Spiritual education program, email Pamela

UCM holds a variety of all ages special events throughout the year, from Family Movie Nights, our annual Halloween Party featuring the “Haunted Barn”, the Winter Dinner, the February Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and the June Picnic. Check the calendar for more information.


The inherent worth and dignity of every person

COMING EVENTS

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Yoga

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21Nov

Daytimers: The World is my Country

Wednesday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga
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Table Talk: What legacy did you receive from your family?

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25Nov

OWL: Workshop 6

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25Nov

Sunday Service: Compassion and Equity

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Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga
84 South Service Road
Mississauga, ON
905-278-5622
info@uucm.ca