Programs Offered at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Services
Spirit Play (PK-1st Grade):
Spirit Play is a religious education curriculum based on the Godly Play program used in many progressive Christian churches and the methods and philosophy of the Montessori educational model. Spirit Play, which was created by UU ministers and educators, helps children to explore and understand spiritual and religious questions through storytelling.
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.”
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. The students explore many topics, such as anatomy and physiology, gender roles, sexual orientation, relationships, dating, pregnancy, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual decision making.
Coming of Age (9th Grade):
Coming 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 students meet weekly on Sunday mornings for fun and fellowship. There is no formal curriculum; sessions are mostly discussions on spiritual and religious topics. YG also hosts many social activities; for example, last year the high schoolers participated in a fall picnic, a sleepover at the church, a bowling party and an end-of-the-year celebration.