Sunday, August 23, 2009

2009-2010 Children and Youth Programs















PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade
This is a well-loved program being used now in churches all across the country. It is a Montessori method of Religious Education. Each day the children will have an opportunity to explore religious and spiritual topics through stories, art, music, yoga, and hands-on materials. We’ll have a special orientation to introduce all families of our preschool-1st grade children to this new way of being together in Church School. See http://www.spiritplay.net/.

2nd-3rd Grade
This classic and popular curriculum is with us for another year! Our kids will learn about Holidays and Holy Days from around the world as they explore the religious values that we as Unitarian Universalists share with other folks of faith. This class is filled with highly engaging activities, stories, and lots of food!

4th-5th Grade
This is a rite-of-passage curriculum in which the children begin to explore in depth the stories and themes of the Bible, in both a historical and religious context. For the children this means building a Palestinian village, making art, playing games, acting out stories, and discussing topics of relevance in their lives.

6th Grade
Note: three more teachers are still needed for this class!
We have a very exciting year planned for our 6th graders! We’ll use a brand new curriculum that has been receiving rave reviews! The children will explore the moral dilemmas of their lives and how they can make good and strong decisions. Meanwhile, this class will also develop and produce the first ever First U News broadcast (to be played during coffee hour), we’ll build a mini-church, and we’ll do things that make a difference in the world.

7th-8th Grade
In this fun and interesting class, movies both classic and contemporary will be a vehicle for theological exploration.

Plus these programs:
  • BYKOTA Youth Group for middle schoolers: This group meets at 9:00am on the first Sunday each month to plan a fun monthly activity. Monthly activies range from social events to service projects.

  • YRU2 Youth Group for high schoolers: This group meets during worship each Sunday for discussion, social time, and sometimes worship. They also get together periodically for other events including social events and service projects.


  • Our Whole Lives for 7th-8th (+9th?) graders: This is a values-based sexuality education course designed to convey accurate information about sexuality to our youth. The program not only gives the youth facts, but helps them clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality, and make sound and health decisions about the sexual and emotional components of their lives. See www.uua.org/owl. 7th-8th graders are eligible to enroll. 9th graders will be eligible if we have a particularly low number of 7th grade enrollees.


  • And possibly Coming of Age for 11th-12th graders: In this program, the youth prepare for their entry into young adulthood through self-reflection, a relationship with a mentor, self-challenge, and an opportunity to write their own credo. The launching of this program may be delayed, however, until 2010-2011.

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