Childcare & Education

KUUF is happy to be able to offer childcare and religious education (RE) classes for families. Registration is required so we have contact information and can be completed on the first day. We send out a weekly update to parents so they know of any new changes or events coming soon.

For a list of upcoming Children’s Religious Education classes and related events, click here.

Childcare

the KUUF childcare team

KUUF provides childcare, free of charge, to any family interested. There are three childcare staff in the cc room each Sunday. Families attending church will still be able to send children to childcare (rather than RE class) after the “Worship for All Ages” part of our service. We are happy to include children in the service for as long as they like to stay, but we will continue with the traditional “singing them out” prior to the sermon. Our Joys and Sorrows will happen before we sing them out so that we can all participate in this important community sharing together. The youngest children can begin in childcare at 10 am rather than being sung out with the older kids.

For parents who need childcare on Sunday mornings outside of the 10-12 time or for special KUUF events or meetings, please let Jenell DeMatteo know at least 48 hours in advance of the need so childcare workers can be coordinated.

The Children’s RE Program

Children’s Religious Education is currently provided for pre-school children and older Elementary school children. RE classes start after the children are sung out of the service and go up to the children’s building for the classes. The classes end when the service ends. Our curriculum changes each year but is always based on the seven principles of the Unitarian Universalist. Our goal is to be inclusive, welcoming, enjoy ritual and create a supportive learning environment.

World Religions – for older children

This year we will explore Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Pagan/Wiccan, Islam and Buddhism through symbolism, art, story, and celebration. We will explore God in many forms and how sacredness is celebrated throughout the world.

  

Chalice Children – for pre-school children

Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share.

 

Registration

the Children’s RE bulletin board

If you would like your children to participate in the RE program or childcare, please fill out a registration form available at the Fellowship office, childcare room, or contact Jenell DeMatteo, Children’s RE Associate, on Sunday mornings at dematteo@olypen.com or 360-822-9821. We also post announcements on the Children’s RE bulletin board in the foyer.

Children’s RE Service Project: Bremerton Backpack Brigade

The Bremerton Backpack Brigade feeds children on the weekend when school lunches are not available. Each month is a different food which we ask people to bring in for the food drive September through May.