Faith Development 2023
It is a joy to be together again.
This past fall, we worked our way back to gathering with family programming outdoors (as weather permitted) in addition to indoor classes and activities beginning in October. By the time the cold weather emerged we were thrilled to move our program back fully indoors. Now, in 2023, a team of staff welcomes children of all ages to our meeting house where we are running a slate of regular classes, family chapel, multigenerational services and nursery care.! When the warm weathr returns, we’ll head out again to our beautiful memorial garden for meaningful play and community building. At this time, all children and staff are masked indoors during classes and childcare.
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Registration affords us necessary contact information and details to include your child in age appropriate invitations as our programming evolves. Please click the link to register: Faith Development Registration link
CURRENT CLASSES WINTER 2023
We have classes currently for ages Pre K through 8th grade, In addition, we run our nursery for our youngest congregants and rour Youth Group (ages 9-12) is in full swing.. Stay tuned for evolving details and register at the above Registration link.
Current classes include:
The Nursery: Free and creative play with loving guidance from our childcare providers. Currently for children through Pre-school.
Spirit Play and Play-making – For K-4th grade: Spirit Play is a Montessori based curriculum rooted in story, ritual, play, and creativity. Play-making is an adaptation created by our own kids where they reflect on the story presented in Family Chapel by creating a short play complete with homemade props and costumes.
Crossing Paths: 5th-8th graders enjoy an updated and experiential version of the traditional world religion program, “Building Bridges.” It is an opportunity to engage the world’s diversity of faiths in a safe, affirming atmosphere that is grounded in Unitarian Universalist faith.
YUUTH Group: 9-12th graders make connections, consider big questions, do service projects and have fun in weekly meetings. Click for more on YUUTH group
… Just a sampling of the ways we maintained connection during COVID …
REFLECTIONS FOR ALL AGES
For most services, we offer a narrated story for our families and youngest congregants that echoes the service themes; on topics as wide ranging as BIPOC voices, social justice, UU principles, and environmentalism. Follow this link Story Listings for brief descriptions and access to our youtube site to experience the stories, on demand.
These online stories were popular with all ages during COVID, which is why we provided this listing. We hope you will borrow one of these books from your local library or purchase your own for yourselves or as a gift.
A 15 minute monthly family chapel before the worship service, usually the first Sunday of the month from 10:00 to 10:15 a.m. . All are invited to attend, meet new friends and see familiar faces while engaging in activities and reflections on the monthly theme. Geared towards children and families. Parents/caregivers are welcome to participate or not. At 10;15, parents generally hea dupstairs for the remainder of the service while children remain in the community room and head to classes, the nursery or other activities.
Beginning in Spring 2020, we welcomed the public and our own members to roam our grounds and view a series of installations in words and pictures. The thematic focus was racial justice and faith, in rotation, until the final weeks of warm weather, This is something we plan to continue, as weather permits. For a complete listing of the visually arresting books we have exhibited to date, follow this link.
FAITH TO GO
In an effort to maintain the connections in faith development and service during COVID, we made occasional deliveries of craft projects and seasonal celebration items. Highlights included packages celebrating Spring along with seeds and instructions for families to grow their own seedlings! As winter approached, we compiled packages of sweets and dreidel games, cards and crafts, all delivered door to door. The month of March brought mystery bags and an in home scavenger hunt to explore curiosity!
MIDDLE SCHOOL GAMES
We had vibrant gatherings of 5th through 8th graders who come together for an hour of online games. Games included “Guess the Pixalating Picture”, “Trivia”, “Family Feud” as well as the most popular recent addition, “Where’s Bernie”? This was a late afternoon hour dedicated to coming together with a chance to connect with old and new friends..
Our UU high school aged youth held weekly meetings and are back face to face. Meetings are generally Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 and some Sunday afternoons. All remain masked. All were welcome to drop in or join more formally. In this group, youth made connections, considered big questions, engaged in creative activities and did service in the congregation and community. Click this link to join or visit [email protected]
ALL GENERATION EVENTS
Unable to gather in person this past holiday season, families and individuals were invited to create unique ice lanterns and luminaries. These pieces were installed on the meeting house grounds and illuminated for a safe distance ambling as the snow fell on Solstice Eve.
An outdoor festival of games and art making combined as a service project hosted by our YUUTH group. Hand painted pumpkins were designed and delivered by more mobile members of our community to those more isolated and home bound in these times. Brightening our days!
TRIVIA GAME NIGHTS
A multigenerational gathering for all ages. This was a great way to get to know folks across the congregation and have some fun. Folks came for a little bit or the whole time and enjoyed a wide range of age appropriate online games from the “zoom” repertoire!