Our Philosophy for Faith Development
At Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, we work together as a community to raise our children in a positive, inclusive, and respectful way. There are four core elements that make up our Children’s Faith Development Program. These are:
- Worship is a vital part of each Sunday; we all join together in the sanctuary for all ages worship service.
- Faith Development through Education; we learn about Unitarian Universalism and also explore other faith traditions in our classes.
- Social Action and Justice awareness is how we live our Faith.
- Community is essential as children, youth, and adults form strong friendships when they come to church regularly and get involved.
Our program strives to engage the whole child in learning more about themselves and the world around them through hearing stories from our heritage and history as well as current events, and engaging in reflection and hands-on activities. Using a lens of personal experience and stories from others, we explore how to live into our potential as Unitarian Universalists, both within our church community and the world at large.
Summer Schedule of Classes
Faith Development Programs (Onsite)
All Sunday morning faith development programming begins at 11 am, or 15 minutes after service ends, whichever comes first. Our program strives to engage the whole child in learning more about themselves and the world around them through hearing stories from our heritage and history as well as current events, and engaging in reflection and hands-on activities. Using a lens of personal experience and stories from others, we explore how to live into our potential as Unitarian Universalists, both within our church community and the world at large.
Nursery and PreKinder
Room 109 with Miss Harmoni and Magnolia. Open to all children 5 and under, though remember that all children are always welcome in service, or adult faith development classes with their adults. Children ages 3-5 participate in our PreK program and our Children’s Chapel where they are encouraged to learn more about the rituals and values of Unitarian Universalism in a caring, cooperative environment. We use Unitarian Universalist curriculum for our story and directed activities. Play is a large part of our PreK class because we believe that play is a vital component of learning and it brings joy!
Read about our nursery guidelines HERE.
Children of all ages are welcome in the Sanctuary during worship. The sounds of children laughing and crying bless our congregation. In addition, you may use the comfort rooms located at the back of the sanctuary. These rooms offer space for play and have speakers so you may hear the service. Currently we ask that these rooms be reserved for only one family or pod per room.
Elementary Religious Education (Grades K-5)
Our elementary classroom is adapted from the workshop rotation model, and engages learning about UU identity and values while developing critical thinking skills. After a story and sharing, children choose how to continue their learning for the day by selecting from available activities which include art, play/drama, more reading and reflection, or spiritual practice. Our classroom guides lead them each week, providing support for their learning in a caring and positive environment. Our elementary classes meet in room 205 unless otherwise noted.
Youth Ministry (Grades 6-12)
Youth group focuses on UU faith formation and develops leadership skills collaboratively with advisors and the Director of Lifespan Faith Development (DLFD). They begin their year with community building and discern areas of learning and engagement in social action for the year. Wider UU events, Youth Rallies, Leadership Training, Worship Leader, and a Teacher Track are also avenues your youth may want to undertake.
Social Action Learning
Engaging in Social Action is an important part of our faith formation. We strive to foster awareness of injustice and instill the courage and resilience in our children to stand up for justice in their lives. Most months a Social Action project or activity will be built into the program. Occasionally these may be larger learning opportunities for all ages, based on worship and actions the congregation is taking.
Opportunities for multigenerational learning are part of my mission as Director of Lifespan Faith Formation. I believe that the church community is one of the rare remaining places where children, youth and all ages of adults are in a covenanted relationship of mutual respect and care. Worshipping together is one way we learn in multigenerational community. We also offer multigenerational learning events each year.
Getting Your Children to and from Classes
The following are guidelines for when classes resume indoors:
- Nursery and Pre-K Children: Parents take them directly to Room 109 and sign them in before service.
- Middle School & High School Youth go directly to their designated spaces
- Elementary Children: Please take your children upstairs to their classrooms by 11 AM and pick them up by 11:55. The teacher will sign them in and out online, but we ask that parents bring them so there is a clear hand off of responsibility.
- Middle and High School youth may leave their classes and meet parents on their own. You may want to arrange a meeting point if you haven’t already established one.
Our classes are divided into groups depending on enrollment numbers. You can assist in our planning by registering your child for our program. These groups meet weekly during Faith Development time. (Click on image at right to access form.)
For the latest information on what’s happening each week for the age groups check Faith Development News, posted each Monday.