Whole Souul Living theme for December - Divinity
Sunday Morning Religious Exploration Classes
The theme for Religious Exploration (RE) this year is: CommUUnity. As our RE program continues to grow and expand, we’d like to take a moment this year to express and explore the gratitude we have for this extraordinary congregation and for the families and friends which make it so fabulous. In sincerest appreciation, our kids will spend each Sunday learning and growing together with their adult leaders, building the foundation for even stronger connections and for a community that truly is multigenerational in focus, spiritual in practice, and loving in demeanor.
9:30 a.m. Service
Nursery: 6 weeks to 3 years
Preschool: Friendship Finders
K- 5th : Workshop Rotation = "CommUUnity"
6th - 8th: Video Days
9th - 12th: SoUUl Surfing
Sunday Morning Routine: Nursery Care
Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers from 9:15a to 12:15p. Caring, experienced childcare is provided by our amazing staff, Karmen Bryan-Auker and Suzy Koehler. Parents and guardians are asked to supply labeled bottles and diapers for their child.
Preschool to 5th Graders:
Children and youth begin each Sunday upstairs in the Sanctuary at 9:30a. Classes end at 10:30a. Workshop Rotation is different for K-5th graders each week, alternating between Arts & Crafts with Rachel Moen, Theater & Dance with Matt Davis, and "Wild Card"--where a congregant shares a gift, talent, or interest related to our monthly Whole SoUUl Living ministerial themes. Past "Wild Cards" have included: Calligraphy, Yoga, Mandala making, Music, Journaling, Storytelling, Rocket Science, Fossil Fun, etc.
In the spirit of embracing our high tech, social media influenced, youth culture, our middle school group will be utilizing an original curriculum entitled: “Video Days.” Each month the class examines prompts & questions related to the month’s Whole SoUUl Living theme. The class will spend time with these prompts, using smart technology (phones, tablets, etc) to record their efforts and explorations. All youth are encouraged to bring this technology from home. We will also have some on site church models, for those who don’t own smart technology, as well as several computers, for the class' use. This year will be an amazing adventure! Our plan is to showcase some of the class’ work throughout the year during Worship and other specific events.
Youth in grades 9 – 12 meet from 9:45 – 10:45 am. Advisers, in partnership with the youth, teach an original curriculum called SoUUl Surfing which focuses on spiritual growth, empowerment, and community service (e.g. Urban Peak 3rd Saturday of every month). In addition, our fabulous youth group will be contributing two inventive Youth Worships throughout the year!
First Unitarian Youth meet bi-monthly on second Saturdays (Times TBA) and fourth Thursdays at the church from 6-7:30 pm to improve connections and build community through social events. This is called YRUU, or Young Religious Unitarian Universalists.
High schoolers may sign up to participate in various church committees and to be involved in worship, if desired. Please see Eric Bliss, DRE, for further information about these amazing opportunities. There are also prospects for our youth to join the larger Unitarian Universalist community and form lasting friendships with like-minded individuals by participating in district conferences and interchurch events. You can find out more about these offerings by going to: http://mdduua.org/youth-ministry-home.html
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