September – December 2017:
We are 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.
For much of the fall, the Grade 4-5’s will join the Seekers, but we are also planning on a few “specials.” On Nov 26 and Dec 3, we are offering a mini-version of Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education program geared specifically to this age group. Please read more about the program here.
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.
From April-June, the K/1’s will begin World of Wonder, a program that is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development. We’ll spend lots of time outdoors, exploring the forest, field and playground, and hearing stories that highlight explores our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle.
Grades 2-5: Moral Tales is a program that uses folktales from around the world as a springboard for exploring the spiritual and ethical tools we all need to make choices and take actions. With crafts and games, we reflect on how the story’s message meshes with Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.
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 soon.