Families are an important part of the community at First Unitarian Church of Dallas. We strive to offer a variety of opportunities for families to grow in their faith together, and to support parents/caregivers in this effort.
Family Faith Practices Booklet – A publication by First Church that offers UU families guidance and resources to bridge the Sunday morning experience with their home life.
Family Chalice Lighting – Lighting and extinguishing the chalice in the Sanctuary signifies the opening and closing of Sunday worship. Each week, members take turns in this ritual. This is a wonderful way to introduce children to ritual and worship, and to make shared memories. Sign up to light the chalice at the offices Front Desk in the Hallman Building.
Libraries – Two libraries house thousands of resources to assist parents, teachers, children, and others in exploring family/life issues, spirituality, Unitarian Universalism, education, world religions, and more. The main library is adjacent to Channing Hall, and a Children’s Library is on the 2nd floor of the Hallman Building.
The Book Nook – Open in Channing Hall after each service, the Book Nook stocks literature covering a wide range of topics including spiritual growth, parenting, and books for children.
UU Playtime – A weekly play group for young children (infant through 5) and their caregivers. Meets each Thursday from 10:30 to 12:30 in the Nursery. For information, contact email@example.com.
Parents Facebook Group – A space for parents and families in our congregation to connect during the week and to share ideas, joys, and challenges of raising Unitarian Universalist families.
Ceremonies of Dedication for Infants and Children – This ritual celebrates all famlies, welcomes infants and children of all ages to our church community, and affirms the commitment of families and the congregation to the spiritual growth and development of each child. Prior to the ceremony, parents/caregivers are asked to meet with the Senior Minister to discuss their hopes for their child and to learn more about the significance of this special service. We conduct ceremonies of dedication twice each year – on the Sunday preceding Christmas, and on Mother’s Day.
Community Service – First Church engages in a variety of service projects that are family-friendly. North Texas Food Bank and CitySquare Thrift Store welcome volunteers 10 and older, and the White Rock Shoreline Clean-Up is great for all ages. Hope Supply welcomes kids as volunteers as soon as they can count to 10, and is especially fun because it is an organization that serves children. For more information about these opportunities to engage in service as a family, visit the Community Service page.
How can families support the spiritual growth of their children?
- Make attendance at church and Sunday School a regular habit. When children join you in worship, they learn that they are an important part of the church. When you volunteer to join the teaching faculty, they learn that their classes are important to you.
- Incorporate spiritual practices into your home life (e.g. saying grace before meals)
- Engage in service to the church and in the wider community together as a family
Contact us if you have questions about how your family can become more involved in our church.