Our children describe Unitarian Universalists as the people with the "open minds, caring hearts, and helping hands."
Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church’s Religious Education for Children and Youth (RECY) ministry is designed to reflect our mission of transforming our lives and communities by living our Principles. Our curricula, programs, and events are carefully constructed to reinforce our liberal religious values. We manage to have plenty of fun along the way, too! We invite you and your family to visit us soon.
For more information, email Rev. Judy Tomlinson, our Director of Religious Education.
Children, Youth and Parents have many options for participating on Sunday mornings:
- New this year, we started offering a program for our Nursery children. Over the summer we introduced programming through our UUs and Dr. Seuss curriculum. We are continuing with a UU Association curriculum, Chalice Children. The children enjoy the structured activities, growing their UU identity and sense of belonging before transitioning into free-play. The nursery is open from 10:00-12:30. Children 5 and under can be cared for in the Nursery by our wonderful paid staff, who are screened and CPR trained. Please note that all children and adults who enter the nursery must be up to date on their vaccinations.
- PreK-3rd graders are learning our UU Principles. We started with “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” or everyone is important. Next is “justice, equity and compassion in human relations” or treat everyone fairly.
- The 4th-7th graders are exploring Big Questions and how UUs think about them. Middleschoolers are given the opportunity to think about and answer those big questions for themselves. We are filming their work and hope to share it with the congregation.
- The above programs are taught by our screened volunteers.
- Participating children will start in the service with their parents at 10:30 and then leave to their classrooms with their teachers after Time for All Ages.
- Religious education classes run until approximately 11:45 (about 15 minutes after the worship service lets out), at which point younger children will be released to their parents or walked to the activity room. Older children will be released and given the option to go to the activity room.
- The activity room is staffed by paid caregivers and is open until 12:30, before which all children must be picked up by their parents.
- Family members of all ages are always welcome to attend the worship service together.
- Families can view the worship service in the Victoria Room (in the center of the Admin Building) via "pulpit cam" if they prefer a more informal space.
- We currently do not have a separate program for youth in grades 7-12, but they are encouraged to attend worship services with their families and/or participate in church life through volunteer opportunities. For more information, please contact Rev. Judy Tomlinson.
Unitarian Universalist Principles for Kids
- We believe that each and every person is important.
- We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
- We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
- We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
- We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
- We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
- We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.