Young Church Offerings: Pre-K through 7th grade

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.

Autumn ’21 and Beyond:

First: Let’s get the kids registered! Registering doesn’t mean you’re obligated to attend; it does, however, help us to know a bit about the kids when they are with us. It’s important for us to have current records for safety and program information. So please, take a minute and click the button to register now for the ’21-’22 church year. Thank you!

September: Balcony Worship With Peers

In person worship resumes September 12th. As we come back together, children and youth of all ages are invited to the upstairs/balcony area for quiet activities, theme exploration, or listening to worship. We will have adults facilitating this space. Families may also choose to stay together for worship in the sanctuary pews. We want to help everyone feel welcome, loved, safe and comfortable as we transition back to this space from a long strange time apart! If you have any questions or would like additional options, please contact Jen Del Deo:

Themed Classes Resume in October

Programs for Pre-K through 7th grade will begin again in October. Read below for descriptions. Children are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary with their families during worship, or they can join our education programs with their age groups. Please register your children so we have the information we need to run our programs.

Pre-K & Kindergarten: Spirit Play

Spirit Play is a Unitarian Universalist program that takes its model from a long line of Montessori based religious education programming. Spirt Play gives children the tools to make meaning of their lives within the container of Unitarian Universalism. The program uses storytelling to inspire awe and creativity, which in turn nurture children’s spiritual development. Class will meet downstairs in the Spirit Play room during the 9am and 11am worship times, beginning in October.

Grades 1-5: Themed Exploration

Kids in this age group can choose between 2 rooms during the 9am and 11am worship times:

Meditation Room-This space is intended for those who are looking for a place to quiet their body and mind. There will be a kid-friendly guided meditation, followed by a variety of options for quiet reflection, spiritual exploration, or further meditative practice.

Theme Room-This is a more active, engaging, social space. There will be different topics throughout the month:

  • First Sunday of each month: Children’s Chapel
  • Second Sunday of each month: Music Sundays
  • Third Sunday of each month: UU Principles Exploration
  • Remaining Sundays will have activities and discussions related to the monthly church themes, service work, or other aspects of UUism.

Rooms for this age group will be open during the 9am and 11am worship times, beginning in October.

Grades 6 & 7: Service Learning Year

Our sixth and 7th grade pre-teens will again be given the chance to learn about the amazing community service groups that are active on the seacoast. This year’s program will be a combination of discussion, guest speakers from local organizations, and community action! This program empowers young people by learning the what and how of some great organizations are making change in our community. They will also have the opportunity to participate in tangible actions that support these organizations or their missions.

Class will meet on Sunday mornings, during the 11:00 worship.

Grades 5-7 Social Group: Sparks and Flames

Sparks and Flames will meet approximately one evening per month for games, activities, and social time. This time is meant for group bonding and FUN! CLICK HERE for the full Sparks/Flames schedule

Interested in being a group leader? Please let us know! CLICK HERE for info about volunteering in our programs.

South Church Religious Education Staff:

Our Director of Lifespan Ministries, Kirsten Hunter and RE Coordinator, Jennifer Del Deo work together with so many members of our South Church community to foster growth, learning, and community for our children and youth members… More About Us

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73 Court Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801