Wednesday Night Programming
Dinnertime on Wednesdays (September – May) brings a gathering of members and friends of all ages to First Unitarian. Enjoy a buffet-style dinner prepared by volunteer guest chefs. These multi-generational evenings of food and fellowship are accompanied by a variety of programming for children, youth and adults. Childcare is available for little ones under age five. Detailed information is included in the Wednesday Programming email (Tuesday afternoons). If you would like to receive this email, please click here.
DINNER is served from 5:30 – 6:15 pm; $5/adult, $3/kid (max $20/family)
Bell Ave Ringers (adults): 5:45 – 6:45 pm
UU Choir (adults): 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Childcare (infant – 1st grade): 5:45 – 7:15 pm
UU Kids (Preschool-Grade 3 begins 9/25): 6 – 7 pm
Circle Group for Kids (Grade 4-6 begins 9/25 ): 6 – 7 pm
Our Whole Lives* (Grade 5-6, begins 10/2): 6 – 7 pm
Our Whole Lives* (Grade 7, Parent Meeting 9/18): 6 – 7 pm
Coming of Age* (Grade 8, begins 9/25): 6 – 7 pm
* Registration closes after classes begin
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ALL families must complete a Faith Formation registration form to enroll in Wednesday classes and/or childcare
UU Kids Preschool: Grade 3
6:00 – 7:00 pm
The UU Kids class will be learning about our Unitarian Universalist principles and values through song, story, art, and play. Special attention will also be paid to learning styles, so movement etc, will also be a part of our time together. Parents/Guardians will be asked to assist teacher Ally Goins on a rotating basis.
Circle Group for Kids: Grades 4 – 6
6:00 – 7:00 pm
The Circle Group for Kids will be learning about justice issues and will include some of our usual UU practices: chalice lighting, checking in, a short spiritual practice (such as meditation, listening to music, or the like), and closing. Special attention will also be paid to learning styles, so movement etc, will also be a part of our time together.
Our Whole Lives Human Sexuality Curriculum: Grade 7
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Lead by specially trained volunteers, Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
Mandatory Parent Meeting Wednesday, September 18
Our Whole Lives Human Sexuality Curriculum: Grade 5 – 6
October 2nd- December 18; 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Our Whole Lives for Grades 5/6 is for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication and decision making. Each session includes a HomeLink – a homework activity for parents and children to complete together.
Parent/Child Orientation Program (Parents and children attend together)
1. Values and Sexuality
2. Family Relationships
3. Puberty: Physical and Emotional Changes
4. Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
5. Lovemaking and Reproduction
6. Health and Safety
8. Decision Making
Mandatory Parent Meeting Wednesday, October 2, 2019
***Our Whole Lives Class Size Policy***
Our Whole Lives classes should ideally be taught with approximately 8-12 participants at the beginning of the class. UCDSM will cap OWL grade 7 classes at 12 participants and OWL grade K/1 and 5/6 classes at 8 participants with priority given to UCDSM member families.
Coming of Age: Grade 8
6:00 – 7:00 pm
When we provide the time and opportunities for authentic relationships to develop, then the youth gradually experience powerful transformation – they Come of Age. With the help of their families and their church community, they learn who they are, and they decide what they stand for. This is how each youth creates their own empowering story. During Coming of Age, each youth will develop a faith statement. To create their own faith statements, the “Big Questions” are tackled are a week. Such as: What do you believe about God? What happens after we die? How do you live a moral life? Why do bad things happen? Each youth is also paired up with a carefully chosen adult mentor from the congregation. Youth and mentors meet about twice a month and also complete a service project together. The year begins with a parent/youth meeting to share information about the Coming of Age year. The year concludes with a Celebration Dinner and Coming of Age Service, during which the youth plan and lead Sunday services, as well as present their own faith statements.
Kick-off Potluck: Wednesday, September 11 @ 6 – 8 pm
Coming of Age Classes begin Wednesday, September 25
Fall Retreat: October 4 – 6