These are exciting times! Building Bridges delves into world religions, one of our UU sources, through experiential learning. Our Whole Lives explores human relationships and sexuality. Coming of Age explores the depths of life’s meaning and YUUth Group provides community service, furthers social justice, plays together and confides deeply in one another.
Through Building Bridges our seventh graders experience the beliefs, worship, and rituals of a diverse mix of nearby faith communities. They do this through many field trips as well as hosting guests, all of which gives them a wider context for understanding their UU faith. Enroll in Building Bridges
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a lifespan curriculum for comprehensive sexuality education, and we offer the middle school module to our eighth graders every year. Because of its high value and demand, we offer it beyond the membership of First UU. All interested must complete an application process.
Ninth – Twelfth Grade
Ninth graders engage in our Coming of Age Program, which serves as a rite of passage by inviting them to grapple with Ultimate Questions. The program concludes with an off-site retreat where they develop their Credos (statements of personal belief) which are shared in a service of worship and recognition of their accomplishments. Enroll in Coming of Age
Our Yuuth Group focuses on social justice projects, some worship (and worshipful) activities, and plenty of food, fun, and bonding time. This group receives support and guidance from staff, adult advisors and our Youth Ministry Advisory Team. Enroll in YUUth Group
We welcome youth participation in all areas of congregational life. They help lead worship, some sing in our choir, they assist in children’s classes, stand up for justice issues, contribute to pastoral care, and serve on several teams and committees.
Sunday Morning Children and Youth Schedule
Below is the schedule for Sunday mornings when we have Religious Education classes. Since a number of Sundays diverge from this schedule, please check our Upcoming Sundays page for details about what’s ahead for worship and classes or other activities for children and youth.
8:30: Nursery opens
9:00: First Worship Service begins in the Sanctuary
9:20: Preschool – 5th graders leave worship for RE classes
10:00: First Worship Service ends ** Fellowship and hospitality in the Parlors and Community Room **
10:15: RE classes end – parents pick children up from their classrooms
10:45: Yuuth Group (9th-12th grade) begins
11:00: Second Worship Service begins in the Sanctuary
11:00: Our Whole Lives (OWL) class (7th-8th grade) begins
11:20: Preschool – 6th graders leave worship for RE classes
12:00: Second Worship Service ends ** Fellowship and hospitality in the Parlors and Community Room **
12:15: RE classes end – parents pick children up from their classrooms
12:30: OWL ends
12:30: Nursery closes