First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
Weekly Family eNews
Dear Familie s, 

This Sunday at 10am, we celebrate a Backpack Blessing service, gathering to witness and honor a fresh start for our children, youth, teachers, families and all who feel the shifting rhythms of life.

Church is the right place to gather across generations, to be reminded of where we've been and where we're headed, remembering that each age and stage of life has its challenges and gifts. 

Church is the right place to surround our young people in a circle of love, teaching them to approach transitions with courage and to navigate them with grace. 

Church is the right place to pause, to notice and let go of what was, and to open our hearts to what might be. 

Every person we meet -- at school, at work, in our neighborhood, everywhere we go -- each person was once a child full of possibility and potential, relying on the time, resources and care of adults to help them manifest their blessings in the world. 

As the saying goes, "Be the person you needed when you were younger." 

Children and youth are invited to wear their backpacks to church, and will receive a little special something to carry with them to school. If you are able, please consider bringing a new backpack to donate to a student in need. These, too, will be blessed, and then delivered to our partner organization, Augsburg Fairview Academy.

The Summer Choir, Ron  Parker and Tony Meysenburg will sing. We will raise our voices, move our bodies, and notice the invisible strings of love that connect us to one another. There will be confetti. 

Come, let us worship together!
Warm ly,

 Coming up soon:
  • Sunday, Septmember 11, we return to two services, at 9:30am and 11:15am, with our multigenerational Water Communion service.
  • Religious Education classes for 2016-2017 start
    Sunday, September 18.

2016-2017 Religious Education Registration Open
Children, youth and families are at the heart of the ministry of First Universalist, and our Religious Education program for children and youth is one of the largest among bricks and mortar UU churches worldwide. We continue to align Religious Education with the values and mission of the larger church so that children and youth are actively engaged in a spiritual journey with the whole congregation. E ach class offers a variety of activities  on Sunday  mornings, including stories, singing, sharing joys and concerns, spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation, games, crafts and hands-on projects.

for the 2016-2017 church year. Read through the class descriptions for each age/grade level and find the registration form on our Religious Education website. Please keep in mind that some classes are now full, and bring a spirit of flexibility. We will find a spot for every family at one of the two service times. The safety of our kids, the capacity of our volunteer staff, and the quality of the church experience for everyone informs our enrollment policies. 
for Religious Education and learn more about our Sunday morning programs for children and youth
First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
Lauren Wyeth, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries
3400 Dupont Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 825-1701 x111