Parents and caregivers choose Unitarian Universalist congregations for their child’s religious education because of the community dynamic that helps raise children to become kind, respectful, fair-minded, caring – but strong enough to side with love and fight for justice. Participation in UUCW’s religious education programs is supplemented by worship, social justice work and multi-generational gatherings that reinforce the lessons taught at home. We nurture truth-seeking, spirituality and progressive moral values that will continue to shape and support our children as they grow.

Youth Religious Education is offered during the first service at 9:30 am, September through May. Childcare is available during the second service.

During the summer months, we encourage our youth to attend the service, while our nursery remains an option for our youngest visitors.

Since learning never ends, our lifespan religious education programs are designed to help adults explore and navigate through the joys, sorrows, opportunities and challenges of our lives. Resources are drawn from the UU Association and local expertise to convey information and reflections on what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, sexuality, relationships & parenting, spirituality and social justice.  Come, experience the process of growth by engaging in programs, practices, readings, and small group ministries.

Education For Children And Youth

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wilmington’s Youth Religious Education Program! We are happy that you have come here, and we look forward to getting to know you and your child(ren).

You may join your child in his/her classroom if you would like to find out first-hand what they are doing and learning. We encourage you to be involved in your child(ren)’s religious education.

If you have questions about children’s or adult religious education, please contact me at UUCWNC: 910-392-6454, or send email inquiry to: leslie @ Leslie O’Connor, Director of Religious Education


  • Preschool & Kindergarten:  Chalice Children Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. Early childhood (the years between ages 2 and 5) is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Their time in Chalice Children can set a pattern for the rest of their lives and bring lasting benefits. .
  • 1st through 4th Grades: Love Will Guide UsIn this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.
  • 5th through 7th Grades: Riddle & Mystery The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist sixth Graders in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?
  • 8th through 12th Grade: Teen Program  –  We will be rotating through several class formats, based on requests from the teens. One week will find students in topical discussions, including participating with Quest. Another week they’ll be doing youth group activities. The third week, they’ll attend the entire worship service, and the next, they’ll discuss the service and create and complete a service project of their choosing.

Adult Programs

Welcome! Class – November 4, 7 & 11

Rev. Cheryl M. Walker leads this three part class for all who are on their path to membership, or who are simply interested in learning about Unitarian Universalism and the Congregation of Wilmington in particular. Each class contains different material, and is very beneficial to membership at UUCWNC.

Classes meet: Sunday, November 4th at 1 pm, Wednesday, November 7th at 6 pm and Sunday, November 11th at 1 pm.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To sign up for classes, please stop by the Welcome Table at UUCWNC, or contact Leslie O’Connor: leslie @ Childcare can be arranged, but we must have prior notice. If you need childcare, please contact Leslie O’Connor: leslie @  For child safety, we will be unable to accommodate children whose attendance hasn’t been coordinated.

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