We believe that learning, growing, and exploring never ends – thus our congregation is proud to offer a Lifespan Experience Program that includes educational and social programming for infants through adults. These programs are central to UUCGT’s mission of “creating a better world by nurturing the heart and expanding the mind.”
Our congregation is a place of community building, spiritual learning, and social justice-making for people of all ages. Through activities both lively and quiet, children and youth learn about themselves, their own spirits, Unitarian Universalism, and neighboring faiths. We also take part in service projects.
Our adults have opportunities too, including book groups, Sunday morning classes, evening presentations, and much more! We offer a wide array of social activities as well for all ages in an effort to build community and enhance our journey together.
In the words of William Ellery Channing, one of our extraordinary UU forebears, we strive “to awaken the soul, to excite and cherish spiritual life.” Most Sundays, the children and youth attend the beginning of the worship service in the sanctuary, and then proceed to the Religious Education space for their own activities.
We offer programming for children and youth, ages 3 through 18, on Sunday morning. Our program is facilitated by our Director of Lifespan Experience with the support of a volunteer Lifespan Experience Committee, and led by volunteers from the congregation. We strive to partner with parents in raising children who are curious, courageous, and compassionate.
Child care is provided at all worship services and many congregational meetings and events – we encourage you to contact our Director of Lifespan Experience if you have questions regarding childcare.
UU Youngers: Preschool – 5th grade
This year (2016-2017 Programming Year) our educational opportunities for children will complement the Sunday Services, in our efforts to move closer to congregational thematic ministry. This thematic calendar will be exploring the source traditions, and considering wisdom from around the world.
Upon arriving in the classroom (following the Story Wisdom portion of the service), the group will open their time together with a chalice lighting and the ringing of a bell. Following a shared story, the group will typically split into preschool – 2nd grade, and 3rd – 5th grade to participate in age appropriate activities around the shared central theme for the day.
UU Youth: Middle – High School
This year (2016-2017 Programming Year) our educational opportunity for youth will be using the UUA Tapestry of faith curriculum entitled “Families” as its focus. You can review this curriculum here: http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/families
All-Congregation, Multi-Generational Worship
Several times throughout the year, UUCGT holds All-Congregation Sunday Services, when the children and youth remain in the sanctuary, and participate actively in the entire service with the adults.
Lifespan Experience for Adults
The goal of Lifespan Experience is to offer opportunities for young and the young at heart to grow through learning opportunities. At UUCGT we strive to offer a variety of options for adults to be challenged to grow both in heart and mind as well as our youth. Through courses from a variety of perspectives including world religions, humanist, historical, environmental, etc., we offer opportunities for adults from throughout our community to engage in meaningful educational experiences. Additionally, we offer lectures, small groups, and at home to groups which are focused around a particular spiritual or idealistic perspective, as well as social groups.
All-Ages-All-Families Events & Programs
We frequently offer additional social events and special programs for all members of the community including Wednesday Night Suppers, our “Brewing Community Group” (a social group that meets twice a month at local brew pubs), picnics, and seasonal celebrations and activities. Specific activities for parents and families include our Friday Night Out Program (a drop-off program on the 2nd Friday each month where children participate in programming and parents can leave for an evening out to themselves), parties, sing-a-longs, camp-outs, sledding, movie nights, coffeehouses, potlucks, bowling, game nights, and more.
All persons, even very young children have a sense of compassion and a desire to help others. We nurture that quality in all ages by engaging in regular community service and social action projects, such as cooking for our congregation’s lunch program for the hungry, our fall sock-drive for our neighbors in need (Socktober! http://soulpancake.com/socktober/), supporting our LGBTQ community, gathering mittens for children in our area, and much more.
For more information, please contact Sarah Montgomery–Richards, Director of Lifespan Experience at (231) 947-3117 or email@example.com