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Youth Curricula

Youth Curricula

We offer a variety of activities and programs for all ages every Sunday. Exact programming may vary due to Covid 19 risk assessments and other factors. 

Pre-K – 5th Grade Curriculum for summer 2022

This curriculum is based on three magic “S’s.” These three magic “S’s” are what we, as faith communities, need to provide our children and our families to find the magic to connect to their deepest inner lives, their community and to the joy of life around them.  The three magic “S’s” are:

  • Service to Others.
  • Silence and Mindfulness
  • Sunshine and Movement

The first magic “S” is Service to Others. Helping others is a magic antidote to the isolation, worry and sense of loss children may have experienced during COVID, as well as the other environmental, racial and political challenges swirling around us these days.  This curriculum invites them to gather and joyously work together. With this program, children become helpers and build a sense of agency, empowerment and enjoyment after a time of uncertainty and lack of control. That is magic!

The second magic “S” is Silence and Mindfulness. These active, short activities invite the children to listen for their inner voice, to magically imagine and visualize a special character, and to feel the gentle power of mindfulness and centering.

The third magic “S” is Sunshine and Movement.  Summertime is a magical time of less formal learning, and of more connection to nature and the outside. In these sessions, we include outside games, which reinforce the message and also allow the children to revel in the joy of being together again. We also offer indoor variations.  All of the games also introduce the secret fourth magical “S” of Silliness, that special magical humor which helps us stay lighthearted and carefree, able to make it through when life gets hard.

 

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Class Descriptions for winter/spring 2022.

2nd and 4th Sundays, Preschool (age 3 and fully toilet-trained) through first grade
Tapestry of FaithChalice Children

Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community.

1st Sundays, Preschool through 5th grade
Spirit Play

This special curriculum was developed by longtime Unitarian Universalist religious educators. It uses the Montessori method of teaching to create an experientially-based, worshipful experience for children. Stories have been developed on the following topics: Unitarian Universalist Promises (Principles), Sources (World Religions), Note-worthy People, The Mystery, Beginnings and Endings, and Sacred Spaces.

2nd Sundays, grades 2-5
Gardening

The Unitarian Universalist 7th principal calls us to affirm and promote ‘respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.” In this curriculum children will experience nature and its processes and the wonders of growth and sustenance. 

3rd Sundays, Preschool through 5th grade
Tapestry of FaithSing to the Power

Sing to the Power affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” 

4th Sundays, grades 2-5
Tapestry of FaithClimate Change and UU

Climate change is truly a global issue, so it must be addressed by people working together all over the world. This course aims to give participants a solid understanding of the facts behind climate change, an appreciation of the earth, and tools to find solutions on a range of scales.

6th-8th grades

1st and 4th Sundays, Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong: This program guides middle school youth through ways to determine right from wrong with a Unitarian Universalist perspective, and to act on their new understandings.

2nd Sundays, Youth group: Focus is on having fun, making friends and doing social service projects together.

3rd Sundays, This Book is Anti-racist book group: Middle and high school youth meet together to discover ways to fight racism in our everyday lives.

High School

1st Sundays, Spirituality, Theology, and UU: Youth will think about their values and beliefs and explore some of the big theological and existential questions. This class is designed to help youth bring their underlying values into focus, thereby providing a path toward articulating the spiritual beliefs they hold now, while acknowledging that their spiritual beliefs may change over time.

2nd and 4th Sundays, Youth-directed programming: Youth will work with their adviser to plan programming based on the “Six Pillars of Balanced Youth Ministry”: Building Community, Social Action, Worship, Learning, Leadership, and congregational involvement.

3rd Sundays, This Book is Anti-racist book group: Middle and high school youth meet together to discover ways to fight racism in our everyday livesPreschool