First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
Weekly Family eNews

News and updates about Religious Education and other programs for children, youth & families

Worship this Sunday
May 29, 10am
We have a single summer service at 10am, starting this Sunday

A Veteran's Memory
A Civilian's Forgetfulness
Patrick Dougherty & Rev. Justin Schroder

There are no Religious Education classes this Memorial Day Sunday. Childcare is available for children ages 6 months to 5th grade.

In the American dynamic of ongoing war-making and periods of temporary peace, we are encouraged to forget the trauma, savagery and price of war. In this special Memorial Day weekend service, Vietnam veteran and psychologist Patrick Dougherty will reflect on his experience of remembering and forgetting his own war experience, while leading us in an embodied, community-based response of hope and connection.

May's worship theme is "Doorways." Learn more about this Sunday's service hereMissed last week's sermon? Listen here.
Religious  Education Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 
Next Sunday, June 5, 8:45-10am
Sign Up Here
Are you one of the 200+ dedicated volunteers who helped in our Religious Education program this year?
You gave your time and love to help our children and youth grow, and now we invite you to receive our gratitude at a breakfast in your honor.  The event is a relaxed affair, served buffet-style in the Chalice Room. Enjoy breakfast casseroles, bagels, donuts, eggs, sausage, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. Please come when you are able and stay as long as you'd like. Sign up online here.
The multigenerational Flower Communion worship begins at 10am, and the annual Meeting of the Membership follows the service.

2015-2016 Religious Education Registration Now 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, which begins in September. Read through the class descriptions for each age/grade level and find the registration form on our Religious Education website
for Religious Education and learn more about our Sunday morning programs for children and youth
Summer Sundays for Kids
kicks off in two weeks, on June 12!

On Summer Sundays we have a single worship service at 10am, and childcare and Religious Education classes are offered from 10-11am for children ages 6 months up through those entering 6th grade in the Fall. Adult staff and trained youth from the congregation provide care and guidance as we enjoy a more relaxed pace and focus on building community with one another. Kids close in age are grouped together as follows: Nursery (6-17 months); Preschool (18 months to 3 years); Young Children (4 years through entering 1st grade); and Elementary-Age (entering 2nd-6th grade).

Our youngest visitors spend the morning in bright, happy spaces with plenty to explore, in the care of paid adult and youth staff, playing and making friends of all ages. Young children in preschool through 1st grade begin their morning with a circle, songs, and picture books, then have time for crafts, games, and play inspired by each week's story. Elementary-age kids come together for a brief time of worship, welcoming one another into the circle and learning about the day's theme. Then they dive into hands on projects, crafts and games. If weather permits, you'll definitely find some of us out on the playground! 

No need to register kids for Summer Sundays in advance -- please join us! 
Are you new to First Universalist Church? Welcome!
to learn more about our programs for kids of all ages!
First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
Lauren Wyeth, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries
3400 Dupont Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 825-1701 x111