Youth Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

BridgingYouth

Our Whole Lives- Student Sign Up

We hope to offer OWLs in the fall and need ten registered students to run this class which is designed for students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. Please note that the recommended grade level for this class is 8th grade and that the majority of students who take it are in 8th grade, but individual rates of development make parents the best judge of the appropriate time in which to enroll their children. Please contact Kim Hartman if you are interested in enrolling your child. Please note, this will not serve as enrollment itself, rather it will allow me to project the likelihood of offering the class.

OWLs will be held on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month starting in September.

Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive sexuality program which helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

More information about the OWLs program can be found at http://www.uua.org/re/owl

We will be capping the class at 20 participants. 

Contact Kim Hartman kim@fvuuf.org to add your child to the sign up.

 

Coming of Age: UU Identity Sign Up

We plan to offer CoA: UU Identity to students in ninth grade and above (or those who have completed the OWLs class as seventh grade students) this fall. The class focuses predominantly on UU identity; the history of the UU movement; its roots in the past, some of its women and men of courage and action, and how our congregation lives its mission.  Additionally, it will offer interviews and panel discussions of individuals from our Fellowship to discuss how they integrate their own identities as atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, pagans, Christians, Jewish, etc. with Unitarian Universalism.

CoA: UU Identity is not a prerequisite to our tenth grade CoA program. The two programs complement one another, and offer an opportunity for a deeper educational experience of UUism for our young people as well as an earlier opportunity to join the Fellowship. There is no additional charge for the class- students need only be registered for regular RE programming.

Contact Kim Hartman kim@fvuuf.org to add your child to the sign up.

 

Coming of Age: Mentorship Sign Up

The Fellowship will be offering this extremely popular program to tenth through twelfth grade (or those who have completed CoA: Identity) Fellowship youth this fall.

This nine month program is designed to help our young people explore themselves, understand how they fit in the world, search for their own spiritual beliefs, and help them to grow as young Unitarian Universalists on their journey from childhood to adulthood. During this time the youth will explore their own senses of spirituality, and work to create a spiritual platform. The program culminates by each student creating a statement of belief or credo that is shared with our congregation at the CoA Credo service.

CoA: Mentorship will be held on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month starting in September.

This year’s lead team members are Marti Wheeler, Tai Alford and Pete Smaby, and Anne Powling

Please contact Kim Hartman at kim@fvuuf.org to add your child’s name to the sign up.

 

Youth Programming Overview

Middle School

Grades seven and eight: Neighboring Faiths (10:45 on Sundays)

The Neighboring Faiths curriculum introduces youth in grades 7 and 8 to the faith traditions and practices of other religious groups in their community. The  curriculum will explore eastern philosophy and religions. Students will participate in three to four field trips to various houses of worship in the Appleton area including a mosque, and both the Hindu and Sikh temples. This course helps to strengthen community among the youth as well as their own Unitarian Universalist identity.

Grades nine through twelve: Breakfast Club (10:45 on Sundays)

As this program continues to develop, 9th through 12th grade students are invited to join together for light breakfast foods, engage in lively UU based discussion, and continue to develop their growing UU identity. This year’s programming hopes to connect our youth with other members from the Fellowship community towards creating stronger connections between the generations.

Our Whole Lives

This program is a comprehensive sexuality course for 7th through 9th graders that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. This program is guided by trained adult facilitators selected for their knowledge of, and comfort with, the topic of human sexuality. This program is currently offered on an annual basis.  This year long program requires a high amount of commitment from both students and parents, and requires that students are registered before the class begins in September. There is a $50 fee for this course and it is closed to further registration until next year.

Coming of Ag: Identity

This class is offered to ninth grade students that will focus predominantly on UU identity, the history of the UU movement, its roots in the past, some of its women and men of courage and action, and how our congregation lives its mission.  Additionally, it will interviews and panel discussions of individuals from our Fellowship to discuss how they integrate their own identities as atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, pagans, Christians, Jewish, and others with Unitarian Universalism. Students will be offered with the option of Fellowship membership upon completion of the course.

Coming of Age: Mentorship

This hugely popular mentorship program offers tenth to twelfth grade Fellowship youth a nine month program designed to explore themselves, how they fit in the world, and how to identify their own spiritual beliefs. The CoA program focuses on the transition from childhood to adulthood by helping youth explore personal beliefs and culminates in the creation of a personal credo by each participant; credos are presented to the congregation during the annual Credo Service in the spring. Youth participate in two retreats during the course of the year as a part of the self exploration process. There is a fee for this program. This year long program requires a high amount of commitment from both students and parents, and requires that students are registered before the program begins in September. This program is currently offered every other year.