Lifespan Faith Development

Explorers: Faith Development for Children and Youth

Attendance: Children will benefit most from our program if they come regularly. Only then will they find continuity in the program and a circle of friends. We ask that you register your child or youth (click here), so that we can best prepare. Registration helps us anticipate how many children are in each class, what allergies to watch for, what special needs are present, and how to contact parents/guardians as needed.  We thank you for your help!

If you are visiting for the first time, we invite you to introduce yourselves at the Welcome Wagon (a cart located in the sanctuary near the name tags) and to sign in your children. You are welcome to contact us ahead of time with any questions or just to let us know you’ll be coming. Email dlfd@dentonuuf.org.

Schedule (we offer a wide range of classes for infants through high school at both our 9:30am and 11:30am services):

9:30AM Wave Runners | Mountain Climbers | Fire Breathers

Wave Runners, 4 years-1st grade, will participate in Spirit Play, a Montessori based program that shares stories from our six sources which include Unitarian Universalism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, science, nature and modern history.

Mountain Climbers, 2-5th graders, will be guided by The Signs of Our Faith curriculum, which speaks about how to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness.

Fire Breathers, 6-8th graders will be exploring their own search for meaning and understanding with the curriculum Riddle and Mystery, where they will be introduced to and process the “Big Questions”: Does God Exist? What happens when we exist? Can we ever solve these mysteries? And ultimately, what does being a UU mean to me?

11:30AM Wind Gliders | High School | Our Whole Lives 5th -6th Grade | Our Whole Lives 7th-9th Grade

Wind Gliders, K-8th Grade, will be guided by The Signs of Our Faith curriculum, which speaks about how to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness.

11:30am High School class will watch powerful TED Talks that invite discussion around creativity, social action, compassion, multiculturalism, and many more engaging topics.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) provides honest, accurate information about sexuality and changes in life. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer OWL: comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities. Interactive workshops and lessons engage participants, while step-by-step instructions for program planners and facilitators help ensure success. Classes for fall 2016 include grades 5 through 9. In spring 2017 we will offer OWL for grades K through 1 and for grades 10-12. For more information email dlfd@dentonuuf.org or call our office at (940) 566 –1286.

 

Youth Groups: Coming soon, we will begin our weekly Youth groups, where Middle School and High School aged youth will each have their own, individual spaces to build community and share their lives with one another! If you have any questions, feel free to email our Director of Lifespan Faith Development here!

Service Projects: It is the tradition of our Faith Development program to invite our children and youth to participate in service projects throughout the year. Popular projects have included fund raising to adopt endangered species at the Dallas Zoo, Trick or Treat for UNICEF, Guest at Your Table, collections and fundraisers for the local Food Bank and Homeless Shelters. Projects can change yearly as ideas are presented.

A special note to parents and the community at large: We sincerely hope that you and your children will want to participate in this exciting and rewarding faith development program. We encourage you to involve yourself in some of the ways indicated below. Volunteers are the core of our program and are the shining star of its inner workings.

Simply put, we need the support of many for our program to be truly rewarding and fulfilling.

Consider ways you can help by volunteering. For more information or to volunteer, please click here.

  • Stay involved in the weekly lessons and make sure we have your email address so we can send ideas on how to take home each weeks lesson! Feel free to email our Director of Lifespan Faith Development here.
  • Put down roots in our religious community. Participate with your children in intergenerational activities. Get to know other families. Share with us your interests and concerns, as well as your talents. Let us know special things that are going on in your family. Allow us to connect with you, while you connect with us!

The faith development program means a great deal to Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

We welcome your caring and support, as we offer ours!

Adult Faith Development

We grow and learn throughout our whole lives (not just as children). At DUUF we create opportunities for adults to explore the big questions of life, grow spiritually and personally, promote social justice, and connect with one another and the larger community. Throughout the year we offer classes, books discussions, life skills workshops, special events, and film screenings. All are welcome to participate. Please sign up for our newsletter to learn more about what is coming soon. Events are also posted on the DUUF Facebook page.