High School Youth
Coming Of Age (COA)
Grades 9 & 10 (older teens are welcome with permission)
10:45-noon (Families begin together in the service) August 25, 2019 - May 24, 2020 Portable Building
Now enrolling for 2019-2020! Click here for information about THIS year’s group: COA 2020 FAQ
COA is a yearlong exploration of beliefs, values and religious identity, much like the Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Confirmation year in other faith traditions. The three main areas of study include:
Unitarian Universalist history and traditions, and the Six Sources and Seven Principles
Great religious questions, such as “Is there a God?” or “Why are we here?”
How to live as a part of a church community
At the end of the course, each youth crafts a statement of personal belief and action called a Credo. The class plans and presents a worship service in late spring and presents their Credos to the congregation. The year culminates in a heritage trip to the Boston area in early summer to visit sites important to Unitarian Universalism including Walden Pond and Harvard University. They’ll have some fun, too, exploring Boston, riding the T (subway) and seeing a performance of the Blue Man Group.
10:45-noon (Families begin together in the service)
Late August - May in Room S7 (Khaki and pink classroom)
Our high school class welcomes teens throughout the school year. It emphasizes spiritual deepening, social action, worship, leadership and community building. Working alongside their youth advisors, teens play an integral part in planning their own programming.
High School Youth Group
Grades 9-12 (Times and location vary month to month)
Our teens have monthly social events September-May outside the church for fun and fellowship. The group also participates in charitable activities/social action. Fall events are in the works - check back for details.
Summer Service Trip
TBA - check back for details
High School youth can participate in a summer service-learning trip. The trip for summer 2020 is TBD. Here are examples of trips from the past:
In July 2019 teens traveled to New Orleans and the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. They learned about racial and environmental justice issues, and spent time in the community advocating for and helping others.
In June 2018 Horizon youth traveled to Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas and experienced what it was like to live in a developing country by spending time in their Global Village. The teens also explored the realities world hunger and income inequality, and were empowered to make a difference in their own communities.