We believe in encouraging children and youth to think for themselves, study various faiths and spiritual paths, and support them on their faith-development journeys. We offer opportunities for children and youth to explore their own spirituality, in an environment that encourages their questions and comments.

All school-age children join their parents in the sanctuary for the beginning of the Sunday service, then depart with their teachers for their classes.  Visiting children are welcome to visit the classrooms or to stay in the Sunday service with their parents.  Occasionally, we have interactive Sunday services that are intended for all ages.

2017 Youth Religious Education Program:

The classes are arranged in three groups:

  • Nursery: Ages 0-4
  • Elementary school: Ages 5-12 (different activities for older children)
  • Teen group: Ages 13-18

Registration: All children participating in our programs must be registered and have a parent or guardian onsite.

teen program

Merge is a COLLABORATIVE youth gathering that meets once a month. Rooted in the PEACE-MAKING way of Jesus, we seek to be a safe space for teenagers to experience INCLUSIVE community, build authentic RELATIONSHIPS, have BIG FUN and engage in SERVICE to others.                  

Sunday Nights. 6-8:00pm @Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton

Sunday November 5 - Merge Meeting at Trinity UCC - My Family is So Crazy Night

Marti Livingstone, director of youth religious education


Marti Livingstone will be at UUCGC the first and third Sundays of each month, working closely with our children and youth. Volunteers will lead weekly classes for elementary-age children based on Unitarian Universalist Tapestry of Faith curriculum.

Marti is coaching the teachers and assistants, and sharing the real-life knowledge she gained as a fifthgrade teacher for 30 years. She is also busy organizing monthly activities for teens during services, and connecting with members and visitors with children to promote the YRE program. Together with parents and teachers, Marti will help organize and promote special events outside of Sunday mornings for youth of all ages.

Marti graduated from Hiram College with a major in elementary education and a minor in vocal performance. She is currently program coordinator for Artful Living, a program that introduces the arts to under-served preschool children in Stark County. For her personal enjoyment, she teaches classes on history at Society for Creative Anachronism events; creates illuminated scrolls; sings and teaches rounds sung prior to 1600 CE; acts and directs theater productions; and performs as a storyteller.