Classes for Children and Youth

Programs Offered at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Services

Sprouts:

We provide quality, loving care for our infants, toddlers and preschoolers (birth–4 1/2 years old)..Boys in Church School

Spirit Play (PK-1st Grade):

Spirit Play is a Montessori-based program created by UU ministers and educators.  Children explore spiritual and religious questions through storytelling and play.

Roots (2nd-3rd Grade):

Roots teaches the fundamentals of Unitarian Universalism, exploring morality, UU history, age-appropriate spiritual practices and the building-blocks of our faith. Roots is inspired by the hymn Spirit of Life – “roots hold me close, wings set me free.”

Wings (4th-5th Grade):

Wings explores what it means to live Unitarian Universalism in the world. Students learn about justice, empowerment, UU history, and age-appropriate spiritual practices. Roots is inspired by the hymn Spirit of Life – “roots hold me close, wings set me free.”

Roots and Wings Photo Collage

Programs Offered Only At 11:15 a.m. Service

Neighboring Faiths (6th & 7th Grades):

The main focus of our middle school program is to learn about other faith traditions. The students explore the five major world religions—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. The students will visit these places of worship and meet middle school students from these traditions. Students who participate in the middle school program will not only expand their knowledge of other faiths, they also gain a deeper understanding of Unitarian Universalism.

Our Whole Lives (8th Grade):

Our Whole Lives, also known as OWL, is a comprehensive sexuality education program developed by the UUA in conjunction with the United Church of Christ.  The OWL curriculum is designed to help our 8th graders gain the knowledge, values and skills to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives.  Students explore topics such as puberty, physiology, gender identity, sexual orientation, bystander intervention, relationships, and friendships.

 

Coming of Age (9th Grade):

Food Lifeline 2Coming of Age, also known as COA, is a year-long rite of passage experience that provides UUC teenagers with the opportunity to explore their personal and spiritual beliefs within a Unitarian Universalist context.  COA students participate in a variety of activities including a ropes course, a community service project, and a retreat featuring a six-hour solo vigil in the woods. COA students are each assigned an adult mentor from our church.  Also, each student writes a statement outlining their personal and spiritual beliefs that they present to our congregation in a year end worship service.

 

 

High School Youth Group (10th-12th Grades):

High school students meet weekly on Sunday mornings for fun, fellowship, and growth.  Youth group is a supportive community, where students explore topics such as art, leadership development, justice, equity, spirituality, and religion. Youth group hosts social gatherings and service projects throughout the year, and creates a worship service for the congregation in the winter.

 

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