Faith Development for Children and Youth



Many parents seek a church experience that can give their children a sense of belong, meaning, and spiritual identity through their growing up years. We aim to provide a program which supports parents, children and youth in their religious quests.

We strive to create a welcoming, stimulating and nurturing environment in which young people can develop beliefs, values, a sense of wonder, and the ability to begin to put beliefs and principles into action. A sense of closeness with our church community comes with active participation in our programs, and makes learning and identification with Unitarian Universalist values a natural and comfortable process.

Community membership is as much an element of our program as the Sunday School classes, worship. and special events.

We welcome you and look forward to being with you in growth and learning.

If you begin to attend regularly, please register your child(ren) for Sunday classes and activities. All children and youth entering our program must register (or re-register) each year. Please see or email ( our Director of Lifespan Faith Development during the year you need to update your enrollment, especially changes to food allergies, special needs, address, phone number, e-mail address, and other relevant contact information. Please read our Family Rights and Responsibilities before completing the online registration form.

Thank You! We look forward to welcoming your family to our faith community!

In Our Church, Faith Development is:

*Where one’s own spiritual life grows in a caring community. Where we aspire to be our best selves and to bring that out in others.

*Our belief that religious growth and learning happens in all ages and stages of life. And we can learn much from one another.

Welcome to UUCNH!  We warmly invite you and your family to get to know Unitarian Universalism and our congregation!

2017 – 2018

Learn what is in store for our young people in their Sunday classes and activities. Classes are concurrent with the 10:30 am service. Children begin in the service for a Time for All Ages and then are dismissed to their faith development classes.


Our youngest children get tender care from our volunteer and paid caregivers. Caregivers: Kristen Clarke (coordinator), Mark Swihart, Amy Terrizzi, Abigail Vaughn, Stacy Conlin, Elizabeth Erbrecht, Zach Erbrecht.  Our paid caregivers are Katy Swidal and Gianna Amplo.

Preschool/Kindergarten – Spirit Play

Spirit Play: A UU Montessori Method of religious education.  Class coordinator: Jen Suehr.  With Katie Smith, Becca Shreckengast, Jackie Vasseur, Alex Nelson and Ana Gangloff.


First/Second Grades – Spirit Play

A Unitarian Universalist Montessori method of Religious Education. This year’s class will focus on the sources of Unitarian Universalism. Class coordinator: Lara Patton. With Erin Terrizzi, Justin Weinbaum, Vanessa Picard, and Melissa Shackelford.

To register for classes and for more information:

Third-Fourth Grade – Sing to the Power

A UU curriculum that affirms our UU heritage of confronting “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Using the metaphor of the four elements- earth, air, fire and water to investigate different forms of power we can each express, participants are given opportunities to experience and explore ways to use their own power as agents for positive change. Class coordinator: Rebecca Hovermale. With Bill McAdams, Jenny DeMann, John DeMann, and Erin Wick.

Fifth-Sixth Grade – Bibleodeon

This UU curriculum introduces biblical scriptures by presenting many of the best known Hebrew and Christian stories in a modern day context with fun and interactive games. Participants also act in playlets, illustrate a timeline, give awards to outstanding biblical women and more. They will explore connections between biblical events and UU principles, between biblical ideas and their own lives. With Allyson Zadnik, Andy Zadnik, Tony Palermo and Ed Patton.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for First and Second Grades

In February and March, 2018, our 1st and 2nd graders will begin our lifespan sexuality education program with Kip Reufle and Pam Weaver, trained in OWL facilitation. They taught 5th and 6th grade OWL last year.

Youth Group for Jr. High and Sr. High School Youth- meets Sunday evenings/3rd Sunday of the month plus planned events

A dynamic team of youth advisors invite youth to come to Youth Group for fellowship and fun/learning/social justice/worship/leadership development – all are welcome. Watch the calendar on the UU website, better yet, get on our reminder list and we will contact you about upcoming events! Youth Advisors: Rachael Smart (coordinator), Robyn Travers, Chris Vaughn and Don Nelson.

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Seventh-Eighth Grade Youth

A comprehensive, values based sexuality curriculum led by trained facilitators. This is a part of the lifespan series offered by UUCNH. Classes will meet twice a month on alternate Sundays beginning in October. Mandatory parent orientation (for those who have not attended one for this age level).

Children and Youth Faith Development Chair – Melissa Nelson

Convenes and leads the Committee meetings with our classroom coordinators to ensure our children and youth have a high quality Unitarian Universalist religious education program and that our volunteers are appreciated, prepared and supported.