Children’s Religious Education

Have you been looking for a spiritual home to teach your children about community values and ethics?
A place of community that welcomes all people and faith traditions?
Then you might want to give the UUC Surprise a visit!


Unitarian Universalism is an ethics-based, liberal religion that values the individual spiritual journey and focuses on making the world a better place through deed and service. Unitarian Universalism stems from Christianity and then the union of Unitarianism and Universalism. We have become a non-doctrine, non-denominational religion that believes little bits of truths from most world religions. Our primary focus, however, is on the Seven UU Principles and how to live them every day to create a caring, fair, and loving life.


Please contact Lisa Lawrence, the Director of Religious Education, if you have any questions about our Children’s RE program. For additional information, click on this link to our RE Facebook page.  Otherwise, feel free to download a copy of our registration form, and email it to me or bring it with you next Sunday!





Our children’s religious education classes are at 10:30am every Sunday and run from September through May. There are always two adults in each classroom for consistency and safety.

We currently have three classrooms:

  • Preschool (2 yrs. up to Kindergarten)
  • Kinder – Grade 4
  • Grades 5 and up

To see an overview of our current class curriculum, please view our 2018/2019 RE Program Brochure.



We use the Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Tapestry of Faith” curriculum to teach our ideas and ideals while bearing in mind the poignant words of the great visionary Rev. William Ellery Channing. This curriculum is supported with stories, games, crafts and songs. Children will learn about Unitarian Universalism, world religions, social justice and famous UU’s Throughout History. Additionally, each year the children also participate in local and international service projects that focus on social justice, and stewardship.  Interaction with the congregation is also encouraged, and each Sunday the children join us in the sanctuary for the “Lighting of the Chalice” and “Story for all Ages” after which, they are sung-out and head off to classes.

See our new 2018/2019 RE Program Brochure for an overview of our current class curriculum,



Infants are welcome to stay with their parents during our services. We have a space designated for families with infants in the back, right-hand side of the sanctuary closest to the choir room door. In the event that your young ones become fidgety and unable to make it through the service, you are welcome to retreat with them out into our social hall. The social hall is wired with speakers so you will still get to hear the service. Changing tables are in both restrooms.



Each year our program continues to grow with families just like yours!

There are many opportunities for involvement ranging from family social activities, service projects, special church events, and volunteer opportunities. Parental involvement is imperative to the success of the children’s religious education program. It is the parents and other caring congregational members that become our volunteer teaching staff so please review the RE Family Registration form.



  • The church offers supervision of children engaged in Sunday programming between the hours of 10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. only, unless special arrangements have been made.
  • Prior to 10:15 a.m. and post 11:45 a.m. parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their own children.
  • Childcare may or may not be provided at special programming.
  • A parent/guardian must be on the church premises while children are participating in classes.
  • Children are not allowed in the back office area unless accompanied by their parent/guardian when classes are not in session.
  • The Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise may, with permission, record your child(ren’s) likeness, without any further identification, for use in print media, church displays, and in other ways they may see fit to further the aims of this church.
  • Due to many severe food allergies in our children, food or beverage, other than water, are not allowed in the children’s classrooms.
  • Parents are required to change their own child’s diapers.




Special Class Lessons


Holiday Play Rehearsal- “The Spirit of the Christmas Tree”

In class:

Sunday 12/2

Sunday 12/9

Dress Rehearsal

At the church:

Saturday 12/15


Come in costumes.

Cookie Exchange

At the Church:

Saturday 12/15 (following dress rehearsal, however all are invited)


Cookie Exchange Rules:

  1. All cookies/bars/brownies must be homemade!
  2. Notify me what you are planning to bake so that there aren’t any duplicates.
  3. Bring 1 dozen to share and 2 dozen to exchange.
  4. Email me your recipes so I can print them to hand out at the party.
  5. Bring an extra container to take home the goodies!
  6. Bring one non-dessert appetizer to share at the party.
  7. Bring any holiday themed crafts and games you may have to entertain the kiddos.

Holiday Play- “Spirit of the Christmas Tree”

During service:

Sunday, December 16

Arrive at: 9:45  Play: 10:30-11:30

Don’t forget your costumes!

Special Class Lessons

In class:

Sunday 12/23

“Winter Celebrations”

Sunday 12/30

“Out with the Old and In with the New”


 K-2 Grade O.W.L Workshop (Our Whole Lives) – Click for OWL brochure 

There must be at least 5 participants registered to run the workshop.

“Our Whole Lives” is a series of sexuality education curricula for: grades K-2, grades 5-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults (ages 18-35), and adults. For the school age workshops, parents teach at home and concepts are reviewed in class.

“Our Whole Lives” helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

Mandatory Parent Meeting

At the church:

Monday 1/7

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Snacks and child care provided.

 Parent/Child Orientation

 At the church:

Saturday 1/12

3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

 Class Schedule- runs from 1/20 through 3/10

At the church:

Sunday 1/20    9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Our Wonderful Bodies, Part I

Sunday 1/27    9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Our Wonderful Bodies, Part II

Sunday 2/3      9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Healthy Bodies, Safe Bodies

Sunday 2/10    9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.


Sunday 2/17    9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Families and Feelings

Sunday 2/24    9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Babies and Families

Sunday 3/3      9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Birth of a Baby

Sunday 3/10    9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.


Church Annual Meeting

At the church:

Friday 1/11

Social Hour: 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dinner: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Meeting: 7:00 to 8-8:30?

Childcare available.


RE Family Service Project/ Mobile Food Pantry

St. Mary’s Food Bank makes bulk food deliveries to the Dysart Community Center where the food is then sorted into more manageable packages and distributed to food bank participants. Let’s get together and help fight hunger in the community and make a difference.

If you are interested in participating, please R.S.V.P. to this event! I need to forward our #’s to their coordinator. The event is outdoors and under shade. Bring water and check-in with Heather Polk when you arrive. Here is the FB link: https://www.facebook.com/events/255607435160417/?event_time_id=255607478493746

Saturday 8:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Dysart Community Center

14414 N. El Mirage Rd.