September – December 2017:
We’ll be piloting the Canadian Unitarian Council’s “Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide,” which offers a chance to explore some of the sacred teachings shared by First Nations Groups. We’ll read and talk about stories, do crafts and spend time in the great outdoors; and we’ll be inviting an elder from one of the local First Nations groups to visit.
January- June 2018:
From January-March, we are offering the Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education program geared specifically to Kindergarten-Gr.1. Please read more about the program in general – specific details will be coming soon. In April, your children will join the Unicamp program.
Grades 2-5: UniCamps offer an opportunity for the children dig and delve into a theme over two to several weeks, depending on the topic. We are still in the planning stages, but will explore from a choice of topics :
Mindfulness Practices, Non-Violent Communication for Children, Stardust – It’s What We’re Made Of, Being with Nature, and Topics suggested by you or your children
Unicamps offer ample opportunity for awe and wonder, and aim to develop an understanding of our principles. They are designed to build important life skills such as helping the children become more mindful, cooperative and community minded, better at listening, better able to regulate their own behaviour and to manage risk.
In April-June, when the children in K-grade 1 join the Unicamp program, we will offer 2 optional programs each Sunday.
Ongoing all year:
On holidays and other special Sundays:
All the children K-gr. 8 will join together for extended worship and/or community service projects. Please find dates on our calendar.
Junior yU*Uth, Grades 6-8
Coming of Age is a Unitarian Universalist tradition and rite of passage for youth. We plan to parcel the curriculum into modules, and animate it with social opportunities. The plan includes:
- bonding: sleepovers and other fun times together
- active engagement: opportunities for leadership, community service, time in the great outdoors and visits to one or two other faith groups
- inter-generational support: pairing your child with an adult mentor
- reflection: following the themes found in special UU Coming of Age journals, with conversation and guidance from leaders, other participants, mentors, and our ministerial intern
Grades 9-12 yU*Uth
Supported by adults, youth are in charge of designing their own program. Youth are are welcome at the Ingathering Service on September 10; the first yU*Uth Group meeting is September 17, when the plan will begin to emerge.
For 2017-18, we are suggesting a medley, comprised of the following possibilities:
- some Sunday morning meetings – possibly one games day and another planning day each month
- choosing a monthly service to attend, and possibly staying after to discuss (the ministers will participate in some of these discussions)
- “Café Philosophy” meetings at a venue to which youth can easily travel on their own, at a time other than Sunday morning
- occasional sleepovers (now allowed at the church!) – this could be combined with a hike, or community service activity
Please check the Children and Youth calendar for specific dates.
Our on-line registration form will be available here in August.