Children and Youth
Sunday Religious Exploration (RE)
From Sept. 9th to May 19th, our Religious Exploration programs for children and youth are offered from 11:15am-12:30pm.
(From Memorial Day to Labor Day, they offered at 10 a.m.)
Each Sunday, children and youth stay with their families for the first 15 minutes of the worship service and then leave with their teachers.
There are several additional Sundays where families worship together for the whole hour.
All ages are always welcome to join us in our sanctuary at either service. There is also an adjoining room, the Senghas Room, which has family-friendly resources for those who feel more comfortable watching the service in that space.
Kids age 4 and under welcome to Nursery in the Bridgehouse
Fully certified nursery care workers welcome babies through preschoolers for fun, educational activities with lots of love and attention. (Also available during the 9:30 service.)
Grades K-1: Rainbows meet in the Bridgehouse
This hands-on program engages children in their religious exploration. Children learn stories from the world’s religions, try spiritual practices including meditation and prayer, ask questions about how they make meaning, engage in service projects, and occasionally get their hands dirty with paint, clay, or potting soil.
Grades 2-3: Explorers meet in the Bridgehouse
This hands-on program engages children in their religious exploration. Children learn stories from the world’s religions, try spiritual practices including meditation and prayer, ask questions of how they make meaning, engage in service projects, and occasionally get their hands dirty with paint, clay, or potting soil.
Grades 4-6: Chalice Council meets in the Bridgehouse
This program explores the sources of our Unitarian Universalist faith. Together they discover the timeless themes found in the religions of the world, with special attention this year to stories and traditions from the world’s religions. Children gain more tools for understanding and articulating their faith, as well as the culture in which they live.
Grades 7-9: MUUGs (Middle school UU Group) meets in the Library
Junior high youth come together in this accepting group. In open conversation they explore current events, daily concerns, and life’s big questions through a UU lens. (8th and 9th graders are also encouraged to participate in the Coming of Age Program.)
Grades 10-12: UNIQUE (Senior High UU Youth) meets in the Cottage
Senior high youth gather to explore living into their faith beyond Sundays. They share personal stories of challenges and successes, engaging more fully around a different topic each Sunday.
Junior High Special Programs:
We offer two special programs for 8th & 9th grade youth on alternating years. Both of these programs have a registration fee, however scholarships are available and no family will ever be turned away due to financial need. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information and registration.
2018-2019: Coming of Age This year-long program marks the transition from childhood to young adulthood. Throughout the year, youth are asked to push their personal boundaries (in ways that feel safe to them) and to think about their own beliefs and values. Youth are paired with adult mentors from the congregation; discussions and retreats emphasize self-awareness; service is performed to the church and community. The year culminates in a belief-statement worship service led by the youth and their advisers.
2019-2020: Our Whole Lives (OWL) is lifespan sexuality education that 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. It is offered every other year to grades 7-9, and occasionally to other age groups.
Summer Sundays: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day
One service at 10am: Children’s Religious Exploration meets in the Bridgehouse for Summer Stars, which features a different member of the congregation each Sunday. This member shares a special hobby, craft, or program. Middle School youth meet in the Library. High School Youth are invited to join worship or help in the Bridgehouse.
Multigenerational Worship: 2018-19
(On these Sundays children and youth stay for the entire worship service)
Sept. 9th, Water Communion: Celebrating community
Dec. 2, Deck the Hall: Singing, decorating, and crafts, followed by caroling in the community
Dec. 24, 4pm Christmas Eve Service featuring the “No Rehearsal Christmas Pageant”
Jan. New Year: celebrate the prophecy and hope of a new year
Apr. 21, Easter Service with Egg Hunt at 10:30
May 5, Flower Communion: bring a flower to share