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Children and Families

Welcome to Religious Exploration for all ages which aims to connect hearts, heads, and hands while building our Beloved Community. Story, play, and supportive adults foster friendships and growth in a values centred identity.

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Leading Fun with Meaning

Leading Fun with Meaning

Programs for families and children are designed and coordinated by our Lifespan Faith Team with our member volunteers.

The core program for children up to age 12 takes place during the 11 am Sunday Morning service at VanU. It consists of core learning themes punctuated by special events, garden days, and festivals taking multiple learning styles, abilities, and interests into account.

Kiersten Moore - she/her/they
Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Olivia Hall - they/them
Children and Youth Program Coordinator

We aspire to have our program

  • Engage the body, mind, and spirit
  • Ground ourselves with a sense of Unitarian Universalist identity, community, and values
  • Build a sense of warm-hearted, extended family where everyone belongs, everyone contributes, and everyone benefits.
  • Be a safe environment in which to explore and grow
  • Empower our children to be leaders beginning with our own multi-age community
  • Develop students’ confidence and ability to create change in large and small ways
  • Make story, music, movement and mindfulness a regular part of our lives
  • Connect with and celebrate nature & beauty everywhere we find it
  • Explore and honour the diversity of perspectives—in faith traditions and cultures



If you have visited and plan to have your child return to VanU children’s activities, please do register.

Registration is for the safety and accountability of our staff and volunteers to your children. It helps us provide proper ratios, support, and age appropriate programming.

We need updated information each year. Thank you!

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Families of all types, children and teens, are a vibrant and valued part of life with Vancouver Unitarians. We have programs aimed at different ages, stages, and interests.

Children of all ages are always welcome in our worship services, the pray ground is at the front right with space to stretch out and be comfortable.


What's on for families

Apr, 2024
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Youth Group

Vancouver April 21, 2024 13:30
A space for youth to hang out, connect, be themselves–figure out themselves, organize, and be together. Learn more here.
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Apr, 2024

Everybody’s Birthday!

Vancouver April 28, 2024 12:00
Everybody’s Birthday is a fabulous multigenerational event that connects you with people you may not usually talk with. Volunteers bake 14 cakes and the children get to decorate them, one…
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What's next at VanU