As a liberal religious community, we believe strongly in making spirituality relevant and meaningful for our children and youth, empowering them to grapple with questions and experiences that matter most to them.
Our diverse programs build strong Unitarian Universalist identities through age appropriate curriculum and programming that focuses on teaching compassion, spiritual courage, and a sense of reverence; the core values of liberal religion.
We are also a multi-generational community, a spiritual home for young people and adults, who grow and worship together. All aspects of church life are designed with our children and youth in mind and many participate in worship, social justice, and even teaching.
We strive to create a faith community for our children and youth that is welcoming, comfortable, safe, and fun while also allowing for religious exploration and spiritual nurture.
We welcome children 18 months through high school age for our religious education programs. We suggest that children younger than 18 months remain in either the sanctuary or the open space in the Emerson Room where there is more room to move around and play.
A Typical Sunday
Kids spend the first part of most Sundays in the worship service with the rest of the congregation. They’ll be invited to come forward for the “Story for All Ages” about 10 minutes in. Following the story, they’ll either walk next door to Unitarian House or head downstairs to Founders Hall. Caregivers can go with them or stay for the worship service. Usually the children will separate into preschool, elementary, and youth groups for separate age-appropriate activities and sometimes they remain together. Around 11:45am, the kids return to the main building where they rejoin their caregivers.
So that we can get to know you and your children, we ask that you register your children for RE by completing the form below.Register for RE
Multi-Generational All Ages and Holiday Services
For occasional special days and holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter the children will stay in the sanctuary for the entire worship service. We strive to make these “Worship for All Ages” services relevant and accessible for all ages.
Our youth group is active and growing! Contact <youthadvisor at alleghenyuu.org>.
Religious Education Volunteers
Volunteers help us keep the “big church” and the children’s programs in sync and are vital to the success of our religious education program . There are plenty of opportunities to help with the wee ones, the elementary kids, or the youth.
We welcome your input and value your participation as we embark upon this shared journey with your child! If you have any questions, please contact us at <re at alleghenyuu.org>.