Minister of Children and Families
Sunday Programs for Children
Worship Services • All ages | 9:00am and 11:00am
Preschool Childcare and Sunday School • Twos–Kindergarten | 8:45am–12:15pm
Preschool childcare is offered every Sunday from 8:45am to 12:15pm with music time and bible lessons during the ten o’clock hour.
Journey Land • Grades 1–5 | 10:00am
Journey Land offers a unique opportunity to explore faith with hands on learning and experience. The three week rotations engage children in cooking, art, drama, music, science and movies. The curriculum and programming is geared to developmental levels of the child. Children in grades 4 and 5 also have opportunities to create and engage in longer term studies and projects as they explore faith.
Worship and Wonder • Grades 1–3 | 11:00am
We welcome children to be active participants and interact with worship on their own developmental level. During the Scripture in Context portion of our service (see bulletin for weekly information), children are invited to join a Worship and Wonder leader in the Gallery—they hear the scripture used in worship, wonder about what it means for our lives, and return to worship during the Hymn of Response following the sermon.
JYF (Junior Youth Fellowship) • Grades 4–5 | 5:00pm
Fun, community building, learning, service and spiritual growth! JYF meets during the school year from 5:00pm–6:15 pm in room 211. Immediately following JYF, children have the opportunity to join other youth for Snack Supper ($3) and unstructured play until 7:15pm.
Summer Sabbath in July
Throughout the month of July our Journey Land classes take a Sabbath and do not meet. This provides time for those who serve in Journey Land to re-energize for the coming year of spiritual growth.
Milestones & Moments
Baby/Child and Parent Dedications
Dedications are a symbolic way for parents to affirm their call to raise children with an understanding that they are loved by God and can share Christ’s love with all. During our 11:00am worship, the people of our faith community covenant with your family to love, pray and support you and your children. Dedications are held monthly with the exceptions of July, October and during Lent.
Welcome to Worship
Welcome to Worship occurs in the spring on Sundays during the 10:00am and 11:00am hour. This is an engaging opportunity for children to visit the sanctuary, meet the ministers, hear from our musicians, learn about why we worship and how to participate. Children then process these experiences through play and conversation each week. At the start of the new school year, entering first graders participate in a special Welcome to Worship program during our 11:00 am Worship service—officially welcoming them into worship and each child receiving a Chalice pin as a symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Third Grade Bible Class
Grade 3 | Sundays 10:00am
A six week series on How to Use My Bible culminating with the presentation of a Bible to each child as a gift from University Christian Church.
Grade 6 and up
A 10 to 12 week class offered by UCC Youth Ministry to provide the framework for children to begin to make faith decisions in their own way, such as, joining the church followed by baptism or confirmation.
Just Say Know Ministry
A workshop style, comprehensive, faith-based sexuality and relationship education program. Each age level has a developmentally appropriate curriculum in which parents and children (for elementary and middle school) attend together. Registration is required.
Acolytes are the helpers of the church. They carry in the light of Christ before worship and carry Christ’s light out after worship. Acolyte training occurs in August or September each year.
Camps & Activities
Parent’s Night Out
Parents Night Out is a program provided to give parent’s an opportunity to go on a date, see friends, have alone time or however else they would like to utilize this time. Learn more here.
Summer Fun is a summer program designed to provide fun, engaging interaction for children ages 2 months through kindergarten (and some early elementary ages depending on interest). Summer Fun happens in two sessions and runs 9 am to 12 pm, Monday-Thursday for two weeks (8 days during a session). Registration cost includes a t-shirt. Learn more here.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is for children ages 2 through grade 3. Volunteers needed!
Music Maker’s Camp
Music Maker's Camp is a fine arts focused opportunity for children to create through music, dance, and drama. Music Maker's Camp occurs on the afternoons of VBS. Registration required.
University Christian Church provides a camping experience for every child at every age. From 100 year olds to infants, there is a camp for you! Family Camp for all ages with at least one person under age 18, Grand Camp for a grandparent and young child, Discovery Camp for a parent and their first or second grader, JYF is a week-long camp for 3rd-5th graders. Youth have a full camping program as well. Discover Disciples Crossing in Athens, TX and explore your faith and engage your connection with God. Learn more here!