World of Wonder

Sunday Morning Program for Children in Grades PreK-2nd

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. — Rachel Carson, 20th-century environmental activist and author

Wonder. What is it? Where do we find it? How do we keep it? Children are born with an ability to feel wonder, and our world is full of amazing plants, animals, spaces, processes, textures, and patterns that can awaken it. But to nurture and preserve a sense of wonder, children need time to explore, observe, engage, and rest in that world. In this, children can often benefit from an adult model and guide.

OCUUC kids in grades PreK-2nd are invited to experience a World of Wonder on Sunday mornings. This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development. Time spent experiencing and exploring nature during early childhood can set a pattern for the rest of children's lives, bringing lasting openness to the wonder nature can spark.

Stories introduce the themes of the first 15 sessions. The stories illuminate some aspect of the web of all existence: noticing the web, who and what are part of the web, enjoying the web, caring for the web. Many kinds of connections between children and nature are made explicit, while some are left for the children to discover. The program purposely avoids the doom and gloom of environmental degradation, focusing instead on the joy and wonder of nature. However, some challenges and potential solutions are presented in various sessions.

Children participating in World of Wonder start their Sundays in the service with their parents and then head to their classrooms with their teachers after Time for All Ages. Religious Education classes run a full hour, ending at approximately 11:45 (about 15 minutes after the adult service lets out). You can pick up your children at that time from their classroom, or teachers will walk them over to the activity room, which is open until 12:30.

If you have any questions, you can reach Karen Magoon Pearson, our Director of Religious Education, at dre@ocuuc.org. She and our dedicated volunteer teachers can’t wait to get to know you and your children.