Wednesday Night Children and Youth Activities

PANDEMIC UPDATE

We are offering these online activities during the pandemic.

Sing & Play, the UU Way

Who: All ages

When: Watch for updated programming in the fall!

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88316730171

Leader(s): Nancy Bratt, Will Esty

This activity is for children of all ages to join in music and play activities together. Nancy, Doug and Will will be leading youth through popular UU hymns and movement and theater games.

Standard Photo Release Form:
I hearby authorize First Unitarian Church of Des Moines to publish the photographs taken of my child(ren) for use in the church's printed publications, brochures and website. I acknowledge that since my participation is voluntary, I will receive no financial compensation. I release First Unitarian Church, its members and employees from liability for any claims by my or any third party in connection with my participation.

Authorization only provided if you type your name in the box above.

ArtCraft

Who: All ages

When: Watch for updated programming in the fall!

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88316730171

Leader(s): Devon McClurken, Director of Faith Formation, and Chelsea Hayes (she/her/hers)

Following up on ChUUrch Craft, children will make art based on Minecraft while learning about our UU principles. Then they build together in Minecraft based what they’ve made and what they’ve learned.

Standard Photo Release Form:
I hearby authorize First Unitarian Church of Des Moines to publish the photographs taken of my child(ren) for use in the church's printed publications, brochures and website. I acknowledge that since my participation is voluntary, I will receive no financial compensation. I release First Unitarian Church, its members and employees from liability for any claims by my or any third party in connection with my participation.

Authorization only provided if you type your name in the box above.

Taking Flight

Who: Grade 7

When: 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Registration is required for access to the private Zoom link.

Leader(s):  Kim Gunnes, Elaine Imlau

Current registration is closed. New classes will be announced for fall.

This is an 18-week program that uses parts of the 7th grade “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) curriculum to teach sexual education to help youth explore their own sexual values and build social and sexual decision-making skills.

Standard Photo Release Form:
I hearby authorize First Unitarian Church of Des Moines to publish the photographs taken of my child(ren) for use in the church's printed publications, brochures and website. I acknowledge that since my participation is voluntary, I will receive no financial compensation. I release First Unitarian Church, its members and employees from liability for any claims by my or any third party in connection with my participation.

Authorization only provided if you type your name in the box above.

Coming of Age

Who: Grade 8

When: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Leader(s):  Sally Boeckholt, Frank Bowers, Mark Metz, Kathryn Sutton

Current registration is closed. New classes will be announced for fall.

When we provide the time and opportunities for authentic relationships to develop, 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 (COA), 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 paired 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 COA. The year concludes with a Celebration Dinner and COA Service, during which the youth plan and lead the Sunday service, as well as present their own faith statements.