We provide paid infant/toddler childcare and preschool classes at all services except Christmas and New Year's Day. On weeks when there is a Multigenerational Service (and no regular RE classes/groups) parents have the option to keep even their young children in the Great Hall as long as it is a positive experience for them (and you!)
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We think of what we do as having three components
- Covenant, or the promises we make to one another,
- Community, the kind of interactions we value and honor, and
- Curriculum, the content focuses through which we experience and explore the first two as well as the principles and sources of our faith.
We have multi-age activities and age-grouped programming for children in grades K thru 8 on Sunday mornings.
Youth in grades 9-12 may participate in any combination of the groups below, although special enrollment is required for OWL and Coming of Age (COA see below.) Most youth will participate in COA as 8th or 9th graders.
The High School Youth Group (9 - 12th grade), meets each Sunday afternoon and is open each fall to any interested high school youth. The group holds an open orientation/exploration process during the first 8 weeks of the year. After an orientation process, they are asked to commit to the program and the group is closed until the next fall. FMI click here.
OWL stands for “Our Whole Lives.” It is a life-span sexuality education curriculum written by The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and United Church of Christ Chruches, in conjunction with SIECUS, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations.
OWL is offered in alternating years for 7th and 8th graders and high school levels. It is a class to support young people to develop positive relationships through informed decision making. It is a sexuality education course with a focus on factual information presented in a responsible, ethical, relational context. This course requires a parent orientation and informed consent prior to a child enrolling in the class, and regular attendance is expected and necessary, as there is information presented in sequence.
We also offer the elementary and adult levels on a less regular basis.
COA stands for “Coming of Age”. Most UU congregations offer a COA group, usually in 8th and/or 9th grade. The name of the program refers to the idea that young teens are “coming of age” into a new level of decision making and reflection about their place in the world, their values, and beliefs. COA will be offered in 2016-17.
While specific times for COA will vary depending on teachers’ availability, classes will generally be on Friday evenings and/or Sunday afternoons. The session will not be held every week; instead, longer classes will be held a few times a month to facilitate group development and opportunities for more depth.
The Coming of Age class engages the young people in experiences with intentional relationships with one-on-one adult mentors, teachers, and one another. It is in the context of relationship that they explore values, beliefs, justice concerns/social service.
Among the activities during their COA year are:
- In relationship with the Minister, they participate in leading worship in varied ways throughout the year, and at the end of the year present their credos - brief statements of values and beliefs - during a worship service.
- In relationship with their mentors, they explore their values, draft and write their credos, and select and accomplish a social service project.
- In relationship with their peers, teachers, and DRE, they explore relationships, values, beliefs, and justice concerns through various means such as music, drama, art, games, thinking/learning/sharing.
- In relationship with parents and families, they fund-raise and take a religious heritage trip to Boston.
- In relationship with the High School Youth Group they are invited to join and learn, and sometimes HS YGers join the COAers in an activity.