Pre-K through 8th 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.

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 ’22-’23 church year. Thank you!

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.

Grades 1-4: Themed Exploration

Kids in this age group meet during worship. Children begin in the sanctuary and then they may go downstairs following the Time For All Ages.

This is an active, engaging, social space. There will be different topics throughout the month, following the monthly church theme, exploration of our UU Principles, and more!

Grades 5, 6 & 7: Service Learning Year

Our fifth, sixth and 7th grade pre-teens are 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 that are making change in our community. They will also have the opportunity to participate in tangible actions that support these organizations or their missions.

Kids this age will start in the sanctuary. Then class meets on Sunday mornings during worship, following the TFAA, until 11:15.

8th Grade: Coming of Age

CoA is a wonderful UU rite of passage. At this age, youth are in one of the most formative and pivotal times of their lives. Part of the work of CoA is claiming the kind of person you want to be. As UUs, we believe in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. CoA helps our youth articulate the values and beliefs they hold most dear, and to understand their own identity as a Unitarian Universalist. The program is a significant commitment of time and energy throughout this year long program, but is one of the most memorable and often life changing experiences offered in our Religious Education program arc.

Over the course of the year, participants will be paired with a mentor, and will explore topics including: Exploring Values; Why Bad Things Happen; Community Service; After Death Beliefs; UU Identity; God Beliefs; Faith; Writing Faith Statements; Faith Statements in Music and Art.

Participants will slowly work on their own statement of faith, where they see themselves now. Many will share these faith statements during the annual Coming of Age worship service in June.

Grades 5-8 Social Group: Sparks and Flames

Sparks & Flames meets on the first Friday of each month for games, activities, and social time, 7-9pm. This time is meant for group bonding and FUN! RSVP by Thursday before each event:

Sparks & Flames Dates:

  • October 7th, 2022
  • November 4th, 2022
  • December 3rd, 2022
  • January 6th, 2023
  • February 3rd, 2023
  • March 3rd, 2023
  • April 7th, 2023
  • May 5th, 2023

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

Get In Touch

Religious Educator Jen Del Deo:

Director of Lifespan Ministries Kirsten Hunter:

Drop By

Our offices are located at 73 Court St in Portsmouth.

Generally the office is open Tues through Fri, 9am-2pm.

You are welcome to drop in during those hours, but it’s always a good idea to call or schedule an appointment if you would like to meet with a staff member.

Mailing Address:

South Church Meeting House

73 Court Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801