Monthly Overview

Children and Youth Ministry for May!

April 28th, 2022|

Our May Soul Matters theme is Nurturing Beauty. Throughout the month we will explore the beauty in others and in oneself, take time to notice beauty, and find our gifts to bring beauty into the world. We engage through Sunday worship, on social media, and optional covenant group sessions. Children and youth receive family packets in the mail.

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Emerson’s Sunday School program is a mix of:

  • Sunday School classes using Unitarian Universalist curriculum. These learning communities, led by our wonderful volunteer teachers, light a chalice, share our stories, and take part in games, crafts, and experiments.
  • All-ages Worship, the second Sunday of each month, is a fully multigenerational service, helping children learn the rhythms of worship and holding us all in community.
  • Milestone programs (Coming of Age, Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education)
  • Special Events – Homecoming Sunday (September), Souper Bowl of Caring (February), Gardening Days, etc.

So we can best prepare for all families, please take a few minutes to register for our program!


Our Cooperative Program

Every year volunteers contribute countless hours to our Sunday School program. We ask all guardians* to contribute their time as they are able—as teachers, assistants, and playground helpers, and organizing special events and ongoing projects.

Chat with Katy to learn more.

*Parenthood is NOT a requirement to volunteer! We joyfully welcome all ages and stages!

Children releasing lady bugs in our pocket prairie

Ever released lady bugs in a garden?

Children & Youth Program Vision and Mission

VISION (What):

Our youth grow up together in a community of joy and wonder, building Unitarian Universalist identities that draw on diverse faith traditions and take individual and collective action to help others.


We create an environment encouraging and nurturing self respect, community development, comprehensive religious literacy, spiritual growth, and faith in action.

Forms and policies:

Children and Youth Protection Policy. This link opens in a new tab.

Online Family Registration Form for Religious Education for Children & Youth. This link opens in a new tab.

Welcome from Director of Religious Education Katy Carpman

Children and youth at Emerson know that they are unique and wonderful and LOVED. Our members have a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs, and we know we all can learn from one another.

We proudly provide liberal religious education, creating opportunities for our children and youth to ask questions, hear stories, and be joyful with each other. We teach the values and stories of many religions—as well as our own unique heritage—and celebrate each person’s gifts as important to our world.

We look forward to meeting you!