Our children and youth thrive when they feel they belong to the church – and part of that is being connected to the full church community. We welcome people of all ‘ages and stages’ to support our children and youth and have many ways to get involved according to your interests, skills, and time you have available:
- All Ages Worship
- Several times a year we offer all ages worship services in the Sanctuary. These services aim to creatively engage everyone from young children to seniors.
- All-gender UU Nurturing Team offering Infants Extra Support (AUUNTIES)
- The Nurturing Team will offer extra support to infants and younger kids (mostly 4 years old and under) who have a hard time being in the sanctuary or Wee Care so the parent/guardian(s) can participate in the service.
- Lion Lounge Host
- The Lion’s Lounge Host will set up the Lion Hall to make it welcoming to families with young children. There is a play rug that is put down and some toys and activities that the children can play with while their parents can chat and watch the service on the TV in an informal atmosphere.
- Music of children/youth/all ages programs or events
- You don’t need to be a professional musician – we value enthusiasm over technical skill! If you can help lead a song or two or can accompany on drum or guitar (or any other instrument you can bring to church) please let us know!
- Mystery Buddies
- Mystery Buddies is a program to encourage multigenerational connections. Adult and children participants are assigned a mystery buddy to whom they write letters once a week for four weeks. If you haven’t guessed your buddy’s identity by within four weeks, they will be introduced to at a party at the end of the month. If you are interested in being a Mystery Buddy to a child or youth email Arran to be on the list for the next time.
- Program Leaders and Assistants
- We have many exciting programs for children and youth – and each of them needs leaders and assistants.
- Some are short term with a specific focus, others are longer-term exploring themes over a term or a year.
- Commitment is typically two Sundays a month, but maybe more or less depending on the program.
- The curriculum focuses on UU identity/history, social and environmental justice, sexual health and healthy relationships and more.
- You are likely to learn as much as the kids!
- If you have experience working with kids and are excited about diving into our curriculum and have time to prep (typically no more than an hour per class) you would be ideal to lead a class! Curriculum and support provided.
- If you don’t have experience working with kids or are nervous about leading the group you can be an assistant – no prep needed.
- Special Events
- We have special events that may be one-off or seasonal such as Summer and Winter Solstice, Popcorn Theology etc.
Ready to Apply?
Fill in the Volunteer Application Form
Still Got Questions?
If there is another way you would like to get involved or you have any questions, please Email Arran.
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