Religious Exploration for youth (13 through 20) is about more than what happens at church on Sunday mornings. Youth and adult Youth Advisors work together to co-create a Web of Youth Ministry, a model comprised of eight interconnected elements.
Youth Group runs on Sunday mornings from 10:30 until about noon. Youth often begin the morning with the rest of the congregation in the sanctuary, before being sung out to their group.
Several times a year we worship all together in services intended for all ages, and youth take leadership roles in one service a year for the whole church, as well as creating worship several times a year just for youth. They are welcome and invited to help lead elements of our services throughout the year.
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In 2008 the congregation created a Vision Statement for Religious Exploration for all ages, which guides our programs.
Click through for details about this year's plans.
Youth Group (13-20 years old)
The web of youth ministry invites teens to engage with Unitarian Universalism in many ways: through spiritual development, pastoral care, justice making, multigenerational relationships and more.
Rather than using a curriculum this year, we'll focus on building strong connections between our young people. We'll be collaborating on a plan with youth advisors (to meet their interests as well) that may include making food together; learning about powerful non-defensive communication; social justice and/or service projects; youth worship; and more.
We hope to offer Our Whole Lives sexuality education to 13 and 14 year olds in the fall/winter on Thursday evenings and a few Saturdays.
There are often other opportunities for travel to regional and national events. If cost is the only thing preventing youth from attending, they are encouraged to have a confidential conversation with the DLFD or the Minister.
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