Children & Youth Programs
Your input is welcome and encouraged! Please contact Jolynn Paige, our Children and Youth Program Task Force coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts or suggestions.
We believe that learning, growing, and exploring never ends – thus our congregation is proud to offer Children & Youth Programs that include 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 2018-2019 RE 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 the office by scanning and emailing to email@example.com, snail-mail, or dropping off at the church.
Questions? Contact the office 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, age 4 through 5th grade, on Sunday morning. Our program is facilitated with the support of our Children & Youth Program committee members and volunteers from the congregation. We strive to partner with parents in raising children who are curious, courageous, and compassionate.
Childcare is provided at most worship services and at many congregational meetings and events.
UU Youngers & Middle School Youth - Preschool – 8th grade:
During the 2018-2019 Program Year we will be featuring "Picture Book UU", a program curriculum by Katie Covey. This curriculum seeks to help participants learn about UU principles and 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.
The curriculum includes fun activities, but the main purpose of the curriculum is social action.
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.
MORE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE!
All-Congregation, Multi-Generational Worship Services
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. We will also be exploring the Family Ministry Model.
Religious Experience for Adults
The goal of Religious Experience is to offer opportunities for young and the young at heart to grow through learning opportunities. At UUCGT we strive to also offer a variety of options for adults to be challenged to grow both in heart and mind. 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, experiential 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 brewpubs), 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 (231) 947-3117 or firstname.lastname@example.org