2017-18 Classes (Sept – May)
Ages four and up with their families, members & friends of the church: 6:15 – 7:30 pm
New this year! FaithFull Families provides a time to be in Beloved Community, deepening your UU faith by utilizing ministry teams in order to strengthen UU identity and generate fellowship at First Unitarian. Ministry teams will include: art leaders, storytellers, family worship teams, Faith in Action leaders and music leaders.
- Week One – Collaging our Ministry Theme for the Month
- Week Two – Storytelling and Games
- Week Three – Storytelling and Games
- Week Four – Faith In Action
- Every week: Worship, Ritual and Music
Our Whole Lives for Grades 5 & 6 (Fall 2017)
Grades 5 & 6 : 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Our Whole Lives for grades 5/6 is an 10-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 13, 2017
* Parent/Child Orientation Program: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Our Whole Lives for Grade 7 only
Grade 7: 6 – 7:30 pm
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 13, 2017
Due to the nature of the curriculum and need for confidentiality, registration for OWL (7th grade) is closed after September 20. It will be offered again in Fall 2018.
Coming of Age for Grade 8 ONLY
Grade 8: 6 – 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 Wednesday: Wednesday, September 13, 6-8 pm
Wednesday Kick-Off for all Families: Wednesday, September 20
COA Overnight: Saturday, September 23 (at church)
Fall Retreat: October 20-22 (Camp Hantesa)
Spring Retreat: April 27-29 (Camp Hantesa)
Coming of Age Celebration Dinner: Saturday, May 5, 6-8 pm
Coming of Age Services: Sunday, May 6, 9:15 & 11 am
Due to the nature of the curriculum and need for confidentiality, registration for COA (8th grade) will be closed after September 20. It will be offered again in Fall 2018.
Coming in January 2018
Our Whole Lives for Kindergarten & 1st grade (January 2018)
K – Grade 1: begins January 3, 6:15 – 7:30 pm
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.
Topics include: Our Wonderful Bodies, Part 1 & 2, Healthy Bodies/Safe Bodies, Families and Feelings, Babies and Families, Birth of a Baby, and Celebrations!
Soul Matters for Grades 5 & 6 (January 2018)
Grades 5 & 6: begins January 3, 6:15 – 7:30 pm
The 5th/6th grade Soul Matters group will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings. While the group meets weekly and we would love to have students attend weekly, we understand that won’t always be possible. We will follow the monthly theme for Soul Matters, which is also followed by the adult Soul Matters groups, and our church services as well. Every month, UUs are asked to consider: What does it mean to be a community of… Welcome (Sept), Courage (Oct), Abundance (Nov), Hope (Dec), Intention (Jan), Perseverance (Feb), Balance (March), Emergence (Apr), Creativity (May).
Unlike the adult Soul Matters groups, the 5th and 6th grade participants will NOT be expected to do any reading or preparation before class. (And no 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. The one-hour 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.