Additional Programming for Children & Youth
Youth Groups: 6th - 12th Grades
Youth Groups at First Unitarian Church focus on six primary components: Fellowship, Social Action, Worship, Youth-Adult Relations, Leadership Development, and Learning. These groups are concerned with fun and community-building as well as service to the church and the larger community. Our adult facilitators help youth acquire the skills needed to take leadership roles within the youth groups, the congregation, and the denomination.
Youth groups meet regularly; times are to be arranged
Youth and their parents or guardians are required to sign Behavioral Expectations and Discipline Procedures agreements prior to participation in all Youth Group activities. These forms are available from the Director of Religious Exploration or youth advisors, or print them from pdf files:
Coming of Age (7th Grade and Up)
The Coming of Age program is a rite of passage, a way of formally recognizing and celebrating our young people's passage out of childhood. It is designed for youth who are interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and their own religious beliefs, and in becoming members of the church. Each participant in the Coming of Age program is matched with an adult mentor, who serves as a guide throughout a year of independent study and participation in quarterly meetings. The program culminates in an end of the year Coming of Age ceremony and the opportunity to sign the Membership book.
A highlight of the program is the Heritage Tour of Boston Massachusetts and surrounding areas.
Coming of Age is offered approximately every two years.
Social Action Projects
Social action is a cornerstone of our Unitarian Universalist faith. Children participate in several projects which are repeated annually. Some of these are listed below. We welcome your suggestions for additions to this list.
- Trick or Treating for UNICEF
- Guest at Your Table project for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
- Stocking stuffer project non-profit assistance agencies.
- Easter baskets for children at Volunteers of America Family Shelter.
Choir for All Ages
In mid-December each year, the Choir for All Ages sings in our annual Religious exploration Holiday Celebration of Life. Rehearsal times will be announced beginning in early or mid-November.
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive, values-based, age-appropriate, human sexuality program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Six age-graded OWL curricula are availablem, all of which First Unitarian Church offers on a rotating schedule.
For more information about Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education classes, contact the Director of Religious Education.:
- Kindergarten/1st Grade
- 4th- 5th Grade
- 7th - 9th Grade
- 10th - 12th Grade
- Young Adult