Monthly Overview

Children and Youth Ministry for July!

June 29th, 2022|

Summer Sunday School – we learn, we serve, and we create community together!

July 3 – On this holiday weekend, all ages attend the worship service – stop by the Worship Arts table for a special holiday packet and/or pipe cleaners!

July 10 – Board president Dori Wolfe will lead our Summer Sunday School session – Stay Centered!

July 17 – Board trustee Greg Hunt and his wife Jacqui will lead a session on clean water, and the group will make real lemonade to sell to the congregation – all funds to bring clean water to South Sudan.

July 24 – Long-time Emersonian Zena Taylor will lead our children on a tour of the church buildings, and yes, she’s agreed to do a sanctuary tour after the worship service is done!

July 31 – Emersonian (and longtime Sunday preschool teacher) Beth Hammer and her spouse John will work with our children to make Caring Cards that Rev. Michelle and our Lay Pastoral Ministry Team can send to congregants in times of need.

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!