We are happy to welcome you to our Sunday Morning programming for children. If you contact our Dir. of Lifespan Spiritual Exploration, Liza Earle-Centers, she is happy to meet with you and your child(ren), to arrange for you to visit our space ahead of time OR to be greeted the day you plan to visit by a fellow parent who will be able to answer most questions and help you find the correct rooms. The following answers to frequently asked questions may help you prepare in advance.
Do I need to complete the registration before my child may attend?
It is not necessary to complete the registration on your first visit as we always welcome visitors, but we encourage you to complete the on-line registration before your second visit. It will help us provide your child with the best possible experience, as a matter of safety, and to keep informed of upcoming programing.
Do you have a nursery?
We have nursery care available during the worship service. You are welcome to leave your child until the service has ended or stay with them until you both feel comfortable. We also have rocking chairs in the back of sanctuary if you’d rather keep your baby with you.
When do classes begin?
Preschool children and school-age children typically stay in the sanctuary with their parents/guardians for about the first 15 minutes of the service. They are sung into the children’s chapel, to start their own activities with our teams of caring adult volunteers. Many of these volunteers have worked with our kids on Sunday mornings for years. Many are parents. If your child is comfortable leaving with the other children we will see that they get to the proper classroom. If you wish to join them in the children’s chapel and/or class you will be most welcome.
How do I find my child after service?
Children…preschool through third grade must be picked up by a parent/guardian promptly at the end of class…at 11:10. Preschool children will be waiting for you in their room downstairs near the coffee station. Grades K-3 will be in one of the classrooms behind the sanctuary. Grades 4-5 meet on the stage in the vestry, while 6-8 meet in the bell tower room just outside the back of the sanctuary.
We hope you will join us in the vestry for coffee and conversation. We have snack table for children with healthy snacks that will help tide them over until lunch. The vestry can sometimes be a busy place, so please keep an eye on your child.
Do you screen your volunteers?
In our congregation we take the safe care of our children very seriously. We have many policies in place to help us do our best to ensure the safety of your child(ren). Volunteers who work with children and youth need to have attended UCM for at least 6 months. (Many have been members for decades.) New volunteers must submit two references that are checked by our Dir. of Lifespan Spiritual Exploration. All of the volunteers have been trained in our Sexual Abuse Prevention Education and Response (SAPER) policy. They have also signed our Code of Conduct agreement and had a criminal background check done on them. We make sure there are always two adults with a group of kids/youth. Check out our Operational Policies page to learn more about our Sexual Abuse Prevention policy (Tip: selecting the Sexual Abuse Prevention SNAPSHOT link is the quick, reader friendly version of the longer policy).
What should I do if I have other questions?
Your questions are always welcome. Feel free to contact Liza Earle-Centers, our Director of Lifespan Spiritual Exploration at any time with questions, comments, or concerns.