Child/Youth Programming This Year

2018-2019 is going to be an exciting year!  Here’s what’s going on.

Parent Meeting, Sunday, September 16, noon-1 pm in sanctuary

I plan to cover what programming we are offering this year (Sunday school, youth group, OWL, etc.) and what the expectations of participating families are.  Child care (with snacks) will be provided.

Sunday School

  • supervised free play for children 6 and under is available every Sunday in the Block Room.
  • kindergarten – 3rd grade will meet in the Game Room after being sung out of the sanctuary.  They will spend the year exploring UU values using picture books.
  • 4th – 8th grade will meet in the Back Lounge after being sung out of the sanctuary.  In the fall, they will explore right and wrong using the Amazing Grace curriculum (for more information, see https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/grace).  In the winter, they will develop a basic understanding of Hinduism.  In the spring, they will touch on Buddhism, with an emphasis on practices useful to overscheduled students.

 

Youth Group

We have a number of things planned for 9th-12th graders; I will send a link to a Google document listing everything for the year when it is ready.  For starters, put these events on your calendars:

  • youth spirituality with Rev. Gretchen.  A short vespers service, followed by dinner (likely pizza and fruit), followed by an exploration of different spiritual practices that may be useful to stay sane in their busy lives.  Sept 16, Oct 14, Nov 4, Dec 9, all 5 to 8 pm in the Minister’s Study.
  • circle worship.  The centerpiece of this youth-style worship will be discussions of current topics through the lens of our UU values.  Sept 30, Nov 18 (and more in 2019), 10:30 am to noon in the back half of the Block Room.
  • local hikes, Oct 27 and Dec 1, 2 to 5 pm, meeting at UUFRC.

Our Whole Lives, Grades 5-6

Covering topics including body image, puberty, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, communication, bullying, pornography, and consent, this age-appropriate, comprehensive human sexuality class provides necessary information to those entering or about to enter middle school in a sex-positive way.

If you missed the orientation on August 26 and want your child to participate, contact Derby immediately.  The class runs from September 16 to November 18.  UUFRC offers this class every two years.

Our Whole Lives, Grades 10-12

The last in the series of comprehensive human sexuality classes offered at UUFRC will be offered on Sunday afternoons, January through May (skipping holidays).  Stay tuned for information about the required parent orientation and specific class dates and times.

UUFRC and UUSM jointly offer this class every two years.

Coming of Age

COA is a year-long program consisting of activities at UUFRC and Pacific Central District (PCD)-wide activities.  It is designed to provide participating 8th-10th graders time to reflect on who they are, what is important to them, and how they connect with Unitarian Universalism and the world.
The PCD portion consists of three weekend retreats for youth from UU churches all over our district.  The first retreat emphasizes connection and challenge.  The second retreat emphasizes social and emotional awareness.  The highlight of the third retreat is a solo vigil.
UUFRC COA participants will meet monthly to discuss topics of interest, such as good and evil, sin, choice, god/spirit/life force, worship, interdependency, and our common humanity.  Each COA participant meets monthly with an adult mentor from UUFRC.  COA participants are also expected to perform 10 hours of service for UUFRC.  Each participant will write a credo that they will read at the COA recognition in the service on May 12.
Part of the information provided to COA participants is the benefits and responsibilities of membership at UUFRC.  After completion of COA, the youth are eligible to join UUFRC as a full member.
We had our first meeting on August 26 and look forward to our first retreat on September 7-9.
COA is offered at UUFRC every two years.