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Fall Class for Children and Teens August 2017-May 2018

Preschool:  Celebrating Me and My World

10:30-11:45am (doors open at 10:20)    Room S3 (Green classroom)

Our Little UUs will learn about the wonderful and wide world around them through the class, Celebrating Me and My World.  They will listen to stories about our faith that teach our Seven Principles, and participate in activities and hands-on experiences to not only learn about the world and people around them, but also about themselves as unique and spiritual beings.


Kindergarten and 1st Grade:  Soul Matters: I Am a UU

10:45-11:45am (families begin together in the service)     Room S4 (yellow classroom)

The children in the Soul Matters class will  focus on what It means to be a Unitarian Universalist.  Through stories, songs, games and activities, they will spend the year exploring the Seven UU Principles and Six Sources and the church’s monthly theme.


2nd-4th Grade:  Sacred Stories from Around the World

10:45-11:45am (families begin together in the service)   Room TBA

 The second through fourth graders will take an imaginary trip around the world and learn more about their UU faith by hearing sacred stories from the world’s major religions.  At the beginning of each unit they will be introduced to a child from the focus culture and not only hear stories from that culture, but also learn how it has influenced Unitarian Universalism.  Students will apply what they have learned through games, songs and other creative activities.


Middle School: (Grades 5, 6 and 7)  A Questing Year

10:45-11:45 (families begin in the service)    Room 5 (Purple classroom)

  Our young middle schoolers will embark upon a quest to explore the people they are and the people they want to become. Following the ‘Loadstones’ curriculum,  youth ages 10 to 13 will be on a journey through Unitarian Universalism by examining life’s big issues such as  death, race, and the role of money in their lives.


Grade 8
Our Whole Lives (OWL

10:45-12:00 (families begin together in the service)    Room E2 (next to the library)

Eighth Graders learn to clarify personal values as they explore spiritual, emotional, physical, and social aspects of sexuality.  The class is approached with frankness about sex and sexuality while maintaining a level of respect and appropriateness.  This class is a yearlong course offered every year at 10:45AM.  Class size is not limited, but enrollment closes in late September.  Due to the sensitive nature of this course, visiting eighth graders are invited to join our Middle School group.   


Grades 9 & 10

Coming of Age (COA)

10:45-12:00 (families begin together in the service)   The Portable Building annex

During this important year, youth examine their maturing religious identity and diverse UU heritage.  They spend the year in three main areas of study:

  • Unitarian Universalist history and traditions, and the Six Sources and Seven Principles,
  • The Great Religious Questions, such as “Is there a God?” or “Why are we here?” and
  • How to be and live as a part of a church community.

The COA team will work with youth throughout this pivotal year to discuss important matters of faith and belief.  The youth will write a CREDO, or statement of personal belief and action and present a Coming of Age service in late spring.  The year culminates in a class heritage trip to Boston in early summer.



High School: YRUU

(open to high schoolers not in COA)

 10:45-12:00 (families begin in the service)    Room S7 (khaki and pink classroom)

This year our high school group will follow a rotation of classes involving curriculum, social action and small group ministry.  The teens will help guide the course of the class by deciding what interests them – a project to benefit those in need? getting more involved in social justice causes?  ethics?  yoga?  Discussion and experience are central to YRUU as we explore our values and beliefs. Our program emphasizes learning, social action, worship, leadership, and community building. The youth are encouraged to participate in leadership positions in the church as they prepare for their new role as adult members of Horizon.


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