Junior Youth-Middle School (Grades 7 and 8)
‘Building Bridges-a World Religions Program’
Our middle school programming is offered to youth in Grades 7 & 8 and meets on Sunday afternoons or evenings throughout the church year.
Classes begin on Sunday September 17th, 2017 as leaders and youth launch a year’s study of tenets and practices of other faiths with guided visits to houses of worship and religious settings. You can learn about ‘Building Bridges’ at http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges.
Junior Youth Group – “Sometimes on Sundays”
Our Junior Youth Group (Sometimes on Sundays), known as “SOS”, provides a safe and nurturing space for youth to form friendships, engage in service work and have fun together. The group meets approximately 6 times per year when ‘Building Bridges’ is not in session.
Our Whole Lives (Grades 7 and 8) Next offered in church year 2018-2019
Our Whole Lives (or OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality education program offered to our 7th & 8th graders every other year. OWL classes are led by specially trained adults and support this congregation’s commitment to providing ethically oriented, age-appropriate sexuality education to all of its youth. Jointly published by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the United Church of Christ (UCC) “Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.” (http://www.uua.org/re/owl). Other tiers of OWL programming are offered to children in grades 1-2 and 5-6 alternating years.
Other Opportunities for Involvement
Youth are valued and visible at UUCR. Our adolescents and teens deepen connections with their peers here, partner with adults in living our mission, and participate as leaders in our congregation. Adult members and friends support youth in their gatherings and encourage congregational connections that draw on emerging skills, nurturing a developing identity with Unitarian Universalism. We offer opportunities outside of R.E. classrooms for middle school aged youth to engage with their church community. Junior Youth often assist Sunday morning staff in our Nursery/Playschool program and are active throughout the year with roles in multigenerational worship services and activities that support UUCR and the larger community.