We strive to integrate children and youth more fully into the congregation of UUFF. When children are present in the service, they get to truly be part of congregational life—to feel and see and hear what we UUs do on Sunday morning. They take part in our rituals and ceremonies, like chalice lighting, and they hear stories and speak up with their ideas during Time For All Ages, and they hold hymnals and sing—or pretend to sing, until they can read or know the songs by heart—our songs, learning our ways and our goals and our shared values in all of these experiences. This is an important thing to do, engaging them, embracing them in the heart of our life here, welcoming them into the circle of light of our chalice – teaching them about what it’s like to be a grown-up UU.
10:00-10:45– Dedicated Religious Education Hour
**Click HERE for a registration form for RE participation.
**Click HERE for the permission form which must accompany any registration for RE
4-12 year olds – Downstairs
Changes…and What’s Next for the Youth Group?
Paige Goodman Wolven, one of our youth advisors, has stepped away from youth leadership to focus on her very intense studies toward a graduate degree in education. We have benefited greatly from her service, and wish her the very best! If you see Paige at service, please let her know what a boon her work was for the last year and a half on behalf of our community’s youth.
We want to do more than react to this change in our volunteer dynamic. We want to respond to it intelligently, deliberately, and creatively. We want to use this opportunity to revision what our youth group can be, and to set out a plan to get there. That’s going to take some time.
With the youth program this year being so small–some weeks one, some weeks no youth!–we are going to dissolve the program until we have a good plan reflective of the needs and wants of our community–as well as best practices across the UU world–and the resources to carry it out. Meanwhile, we invite teens to join the discussion in the Adult Religious Education group, meeting at the 10 o’clock hour.
Change is exciting, but uncomfortable. If you’d like to talk about concerns or ideas for the youth group, or ask questions, please email Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a phone call or arrange to talk in person. Thanks, and please be on the lookout for developments in the near future!
Nursery open for birth-4 years (downstairs)
11:00-12:00– Service Hour
Children and adults join in the sanctuary, each Sunday, upstairs.
Nursery is open for birth-7 years, as needed, downstairs