Children & Youth Programs
Early Exploration is available for children through 4 years of age during worship services in the room next to the Fellowship Hall. Loving care is provided by two screened caregivers.
Children and Youth Programs Sunday Mornings
At 9:15 am, children, youth, and adults are invited to gather in the Sanctuary. We gather in community to hear a story, having a meaningful conversation, sing, meditate and pray together. Children and youth go to age-specific classes to explore the principles and sources of Unitarian Universalism. Several times during the year, mult-generational worship in the Sanctuary takes the place of age-specific classes.
After a Wisdom Story in the Sanctuary, at 11:00 we offer "Spirit Play", a multi-age program based on the creative interests of each child. Using a variety of creative media, children are invited to respond the Wisdom Story.
Other Activities for Youth
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of age specific sexuality education curricula, grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, Adult and Young Adult. OWL provides participants with age-appropriate information to help them make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. This program is offered every other year.
Coming of Age — Ages 12-14 (Offered 2014-2015) The youth meet each month to explore a variety of daily spiritual practices as well as work on leadership, UU identity, and good old fun. This program features a ropes course, a trip to Boston and a year-end service presented by the youth. This program is offered every other year
Peace Jam — Ages 13-18 is a social-action leadership program that meets monthly to explore peace work and engage in service-learning projects. The program includes a Peace Jam Conference in the spring with a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
If you are interested in learning more about Religious Exploration, feel free to take a prospectus from the hallway racks (also on this website).
A copy of UUCC Safe Congregation Policy can be found in the binder “How Our Church Works” in the vestibule of the church building. It is also available upon request by contacting the Office Administrator at 622-3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org and is on this website.
Social Justice in Religious Exploration
Young children participate in Faith in Action in a variety of ways, such as cleaning the Kennebec Rail Trail, making and buying for the giving tree during the holidays, gathering food/ money for the food bank and world wide need.
We start faith in action work early, with group projects in the children’s program. Each project is introduced in a worship setting, explained through story, and linked to the Unitarian Universalist principles. As the children grow in their understanding of the wider world, we add ideas of community organizing and activism, legislative lobbying, hands-on mission work, and nonviolent communication. Most of this work is done through the senior youth group Peace Jam, which is attached to a world-wide service learning/social justice program established by eleven former Nobel Peace Prize Winners. We are devoted to helping children, youth and adults come alive through action, through connecting with others, and through connecting with dreams of better conditions for all beings.
Everyone in the congregation can be involved with Religious Exploration!
- Participate in programs that are available and in activities that involve more than one age group.
- Become actively involved in leadership roles within the program.
- Respond, support and assist with activities initiated by children and youth, such as attending multi-generational services, contributing to service projects, offering food and supplies for various events.
Talk with children, youth and others about what is going on for them in Religious Exploration.