Children & Youth
At Follen, we offer childcare and programming for all ages from birth until high school graduation. On Sunday mornings, babies and toddlers are welcome in our professionally staffed nursery and most Sundays we offer religious education classes during our 10:30am worship service.
On Sunday evenings our vibrant high school youth group, Follen Unitarian Universalist Youth (better known as FUUY, right) takes over, and once each month the Middle School Youth Group participates in an activity planned to encourage friendships and participation in the community. Social opportunities such as potluck gatherings for families, a Halloween pumpkin carving, and a holiday craft party also forge bonds between children and adults alike.
Social Justice Learning
Our religious education program strives to engage children and youth of all ages in social justice work and learning. This includes opportunities for elementary school-aged children to participate in fund-raising and hands-on service programs that share UU values, Middle school retreats and trips to connect with service organizations, and for high school youth, participation in an annual service learning trip.
In 2017, the congregation passed a Follen Responds to Racism initiative. As part of this initiative, the congregation resolved to raise anti-racist children who deeply understand racial inequality and work to support racial justice. This learning is incorporated into the curricula offered to all ages in our religious education program.
Children are distinct, and every effort is made to find case-by-case solutions to help children with special needs feel welcome and participate in the life of the church and in volunteer-led classroom settings.
Music for Children and Youth
Many of our children and teens also participate in Follen’s Youth and Junior Choirs. All are welcome. Experience not necessary – our young people learn a lot about music right from the start!
Follen youth events and activities are open to all regardless of ability to pay: we want you to participate! Requests for financial assistance should be made to Sarah Garner, Church Administrator, and are strictly confidential.