Lifespan Experience Overview
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. The UUA offers that “… faith is a journey we take together…education takes a lifetime. It happens both within and beyond a congregation's walls. We support one another as individuals, families, and communities in an ongoing search for truth and meaning…” (uua.org). Lifespan opportunities 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.
Registration Forms for Children and Youth
Below you’ll find the required 2017-2018 LE Registration forms for all children and youth (including nursery age children). Each family needs to complete a new set of forms annually.
Please return the completed forms to Sarah Montgomery-Richards by scanning and emailing to email@example.com, snail-mail, or dropping off at the church.
Questions? Contact Sarah at (231) 947-3117.
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Sunday Morning Programs for Children & Youth
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 classroom 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.
Childcare 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 & Middle School Youth: Preschool – 8th grade:
During the 2017-2018 Program Year we will be featuring a program called “UU & YOU at Hogwarts”! This curriculum seeks to help participants learn that change is possible through multiple avenues, and can happen whether the problem is local or worldwide. Students will have the opportunity to make a difference in their community and the world in a meaningful way through hands-on projects that will also teach them social responsibility.
Don’t worry! Children/youth needn’t have read or been familiar with the storylines from Harry Potter in order to fully participate – they need only come with a creative, playful, inquisitive, and open mind ready to explore!
Children pre-k-5th grade are invited to participate as UU Hogwarts students, and middle-school youth are invited to be “prefects”, or “upper-classmen” with additional (but FUN!) responsibilities. The curriculum includes many fun wizarding activities, but the main purpose of the curriculum is social action. The class forms a chapter of Dumbledore’s Army and engages with “Horcruxes” during the year. The “Horcruxes” that will be explored this year include Hunger, Literacy, Poverty, Sickness, & the Environment.
UU High School Youth:
This year we will be making an effort to not only connect our high school youth with one another but with their UU community by creating mentor opportunities in committees they have an interest in. We will also seek to involve High School Youth more actively in the Sunday Service.
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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 groups which are focused on 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, supporting our LGBTQ community, supporting justice efforts for all peoples, advocacy on behalf of our Earth and all creatures, and much more.
For more information, please contact Sarah Montgomery–Richards, Director of Lifespan Experience at (231) 947-3117 or firstname.lastname@example.org