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 attend the service (together, alone, or with their families; it's up to them), and then gather in youth group from noon to 1:00 p.m.
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.
This year we're doing something different for youth group. Every Sunday, September 29, 2019 - May 25, 2020 (with exceptions to be noted once the program begins), Youth (13-20) will attend the service (either together in a group, alone, or with their families - that's up to them) and then attend youth group from noon-1:00 p.m. We're building a team of four youth advisors, one of whom will be Rev. Meghann.
Attending the service helps ground youth in their home congregation, not only making deep connection within their peer group, but connecting and engaging with people of all ages. Participating in congregational life is one of the key elements to continuing engagement in Unitarian Universalism. The after-service program will support young teens moving into the teen years and all ages get to know themselves better, and to be part of a meaningful community of youth. After some community building, youth move through sessions on Unitarian Universalist values, beliefs, and history; community service; social action; spirituality; theology; leadership; and worship. They will deepen their connection to their minister, as she'll be part of the facilitation team (this is another key element to continuing engagement, and to feeling supported and loved)
There is a corresponding program for parents/guardians of youth, offered on five Sundays through the year, at the same time (noon-1:00 p.m.) For details and to register for that program, click here.
We hope to offer Our Whole Lives sexuality education to 13 and 14 year olds in the fall/winter on a weeknight evening and a few Saturdays.
Edmonton hosts a Youth Con(ference) October 19-21, 2019, planned and led by teens from across the Western Region of the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC). We'll discuss travel and youth con culture in the fall. CanUUdle, our national gathering for youth, will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 15 – 17, 2020.
If cost is the only thing preventing youth from attending, they are encouraged to have a confidential conversation with the DLFD (Andrea) or the Minister (Rev. Meghann).
Parents, there is a 5-session group offered for you too, alongside this one, facilitated by Andrea James, DLFD. Look for “Coming of Age Parents” on our Adult Faith Development page.
Register here by September 18, 2019
Ready to Volunteer?
Chat with Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, if you're interested in serving as a youth advisor or children's RE guide. A Child Abuse Registry check and signed Code of Ethics will be required.
Children and Youth RE Training
Saturday Sept. 21
9:00 - noon
Facilitator: Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
For people serving the congregation by co-facilitating children’s or youth RE programs.
Build community together; learn what support you’ll receive, what’s expected of you, and where to find things; learn some helpful tips. Access your curriculum and get grounded in this sacred work. Coffee/tea will be on when you arrive.
This program is part of the support provided to people who serve in our Faith Development ministries.