On Sunday mornings at Emerson, all ages begin in worship together. Children have an important role in the service by lighting the chalice, then collecting and bringing forward the donations congregants have brought for the West Valley Food Pantry. After the Food Pantry collection, they stay to hear a story told by Emerson’s Director of Religious Education, Emmalinda MacLean.
Emmalinda, a lifelong UU who has served Emerson for five years, brings her background in theater and arts education to creating lively and dramatic “Stories for All Ages” enjoyed by children and adults alike. Then our congregation recites the children’s affirmation together and sing the children and youth off to their classes.
Nursery (0 – 2 years): This age group is supervised by our staff caregiver and a volunteer assistant who provide a safe, fun, supervised environment in which infants and toddlers may explore and play.
Preschool (3 – 5 years): The Unitarian Universalist preschool program “Chalice Children” combines games, art, and stories to promote kindness towards others, a sense of awe and wonder at the natural world, and respect for the earth.