Welcome to the Children’s and Youth Programs at North Shore Unitarian!
Here we play, sing, create and celebrate together.
Here we welcome children and youth of all abilities to enter into a religious community where everyone is encouraged to be a life-long learner.
Here we know that all are valued for the unique gifts they bring into the world.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia in support of our Children's Education Program and our Youth Program
We offer programs for children 3-12 years of age guided by adults who are truly interested in the spiritual lives of children and who want to encourage their natural curiosity and desire to make sense of their world. We encourage questioning, knowing that the questions are as important as the answers. Through story, discussion, role-plays, arts and crafts, cooperative games, activities and music we encourage children to explore the wide diversity of beliefs and customs in the world as well as our Unitarian Universalist principles.
Children are invited to explore the big questions in life- where did we come from? What do happens when we die? Why do bad things happen to good people?
Please peruse our Children's Program Booklet which describes in more detail the goals of our children program and descriptions of the classes offered at each age level. Cara Elrod, our Education Assistant, our volunteer teachers and classroom assistants, and our Director of Family Ministries all welcome you and your children to visit us on Sunday mornings.
Infants and toddlers
For our infants and toddlers under 3 years we have childcare provided by Gidget Dutour and her helpers. With their Red Cross training in hand, they offer a consistent and loving presence that our young ones can count on each week.
Our Youth Group meets Sunday evenings at the church, lead by our Youth Program Coordinator, Ariel Hunt-Brondwin. Activities include a mentoring program, monthly “coming of age” activities, “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) sexuality curriculum, trips and conferences.
All kinds of activities
We have sleepovers, seasonal potlucks, Christmas pageants, intergenerational services, after service soup lunches, talent shows and other opportunities to be together in community, as our children come from all across the North Shore and beyond.
Our Youth Group program, lead by Ariel Hunt-Brondwin, our Youth Program Coordinator, is described more fully HERE. Ariel and the Youth Program Advisors who assist her would be delighted to talk with you and any member of your family between the ages of 13 to 18 who may be interested in joining our Youth Program. Please contact Ariel for more information or to arrange a meeting.
You can be assured you and any children and youths in your family will be warmly welcomed by all of us into our caring community.