Our Programs

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

- William Butler Yeats -

Children’s Religious Exploration

Unitarian Universalist Religious Education is not about giving children all the answers. Rather, it is about helping children develop the integrity and independent thinking that will help them live compassionately in our diverse society. Our Children’s Religious Exploration Program is offered Sundays from September to June. Childcare is available in the summer.

The program is staffed by a Coordinator and a regular childcare provider, and run with the help of our wonderful volunteer committee and teachers. The safety of our children is important and all of the people working directly with our children are required to have vulnerable person screening police checks.

Our program is based on curricula from the Unitarian Universalist Association and other sources that reflect our principles, which are stated here in children's language:

Sundays in Religious Exploration

On most Sundays children accompany their parents or guardians to the main Sunday Service at 10:45 am for the first ten to 15 minutes. Children participate in the opening words, chalice lighting, candles of joy and concern and the first hymn. During the Time for All Ages children participate in a brief story, lesson, or activity. Most months we also have a service when all ages can worship together.

After the Time for All Ages, children attend Religious Exploration activities for approximately 45 minutes. Children are served a nut free nutritious snack. Supervision is available during coffee hour.

Children’s Religious Exploration Activities

First Friends (ages 0-6)

Our childcare provider supervises our youngest children in our bright and spacious First Friends room or outdoors in our Children’s Garden. The program includes, stories, crafts, and free play.

Sunday Religious Exploration Classes (ages 6-16)

Our Sunday program includes a variety of activities including age-grouped classes exploring a selected UU curriculum and whole group activities such as social justice activities, special events, or field trips.

As children enter their teen years, they are encouraged to follow a program balanced between discussion, worship, leadership, social gatherings, and social action initiatives. They will have an active role in the decision making of their program throughout the year.

kids activities

Learn more about Religious Exploration:

Adult Religious Exploration

The continued exploration of personal and religious values is encouraged through group and individual study.

Chalice Groups are small groups of ten or fewer UFLers who commit to meet once a month, fall to spring. Group members get to know each other more personally during the small group experience, and practice deep listening as folks express their ideas and feelings on discussion topics. Each Chalice Group may choose to do projects to help the UFL and/or the larger London community.

From time to time we offer programs for adult members and interested people from the community. Examples of past course offerings include: UU 101, Building Your Own Theology, UU Bible Study and a Healing Arts series. Check here for current programs.

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