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.
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Bell Ave Ringers (adults): 5:45 – 6:45 pm
UU Choir (adults): 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Childcare (infant – 1st grade): 5:45 – 8:30 pm
UU Kids (K – Grade 3): 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Our Whole Lives* (Grade K-1, begins 1/09): 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Kids Celebrate! (Grades 3-6) Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6:15-7:00 pm
Soul Matters for Kids (Grade 4-6): 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Our Whole Lives* (Grade 5-6, begins 1/09): 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Our Whole Lives* (Grade 7, begins 9/12): 6 – 7:30 pm
Coming of Age* (Grade 8, begins 9/12): 6 – 7:30 pm
* Registration closes after classes begin
ALL families must complete a Faith Formation registration form to enroll in Wednesday classes and/or childcare
UU Kids, Kindergarten – Grade 3 (6:15-7:30 pm) In UU Kids, we’ll use our UU principles as starting points for exploring values, beliefs, and what it means to be a UU. What does it mean to be kind and respectful and to work toward peace and justice? How do we live our UU principles? They’ll explore some of life’s “big questions” through the lens of Unitarian Universalism’s sources. Children will have a time for stories, art and play with their church friends!
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Curriculum, Grades K-1 (January 9- March 13) Supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the 8 sessions engage children with stories, songs and activities and include a weekly HomeLink – a homework project for parents and children to do together. Promotes dialogue between parent and child. Parents/ guardians are welcome to attend class with their child from January 23-March 13, but are not required. They are required to stay on site during class, however.
- Mandatory Parent Meeting: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
- Parent/Child Orientation Program: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Kids Celebrate! Grades 3-6 (6:15-7:00 pm) Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6 This class will teach children how to become worship leaders and co-leaders. The class will include basic elements such as lighting the chalice, story play, and story interpretation. Rev. Jennifer is looking forward to developing relationships with children and youth through working with them to develop their own skills for worship.
Soul Matters for Kids, Grades 4-6 (6:15-7:30 pm) The 4th-6th grade Soul Matters will follow the monthly theme for Soul Matters, which is also followed by our church services and the adult Soul Matters groups. Every month, UUs are asked to consider: What does it mean to be a people of Vision (September), Sanctuary (October), Memory (November), and Mystery (December). Unlike the adult Soul Matters groups, participants will NOT be expected to do any preparation before class or homework afterwards. Instead, part of the class time will be used to watch or listen to something together – a short video, a story, a poem, etc., and then discuss that piece: how it makes the students feel, what it makes them think about in regards to the monthly topic, etc. Sessions will also 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 (OWL) Human Sexuality Curriculum, Grades 5 – 6 (September 26 – December 12, 6:15 – 7:30 pm) Our Whole Lives for grades 5/6 is an 8-session program 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.
- Mandatory Parent Meeting: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
- Parent/Child Orientation Program: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
* Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Curriculum, Grade 7 only (September – May, 6:00 – 7:30 pm) THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Led 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 12, 2018
Coming of Age, Grade 8 only (September – May, 6:00 – 7:30 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 each 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 12, 6-8 pm
- Wednesday Kick-Off for all Families: Wednesday, Sept. 19
- COA Overnight: Saturday, September 22 (at church)
- Coming of Age Classes begin: Wednesday, September 26
- Fall Retreat: October 19-21 (Camp Hantesa)
- Spring Retreat: April 19-21 (Camp Hantesa)
- COA Celebration Dinner: Saturday, May 11, 6 – 8 pm
- COA Sunday Services: May 12, 9:15 & 11 am
* First Unitarian will cap OWL classes at 12 participants with priority given to First Unitarian of DM member families. If a substantially higher number of participants is expected, the DRE will investigate the possibility of opening a second class at the same age level, or otherwise expanding the program temporarily or long-term. Click here to read the policy on OWL class size.