Seventh and Eighth Grades
Our programming for middle school youth offers a variety of experiences to recognize their growing independence and support them through their transition from childhood to adolescence.
Religious Education Class
The seventh and eighth grad class meets during the 11 a.m. worship service and follows curriculum selected by the Religious Education staff and presented by volunteer Religious Education teachers. Our program for this age group focuses on helping adolescents discern and articulate their own religious beliefs. For more information about this year's curriculum, consult the Program Prospectus by clicking here.
Boston Heritage Trip
Every other year, our seventh and eighth grade class travels to Boston for first hand experiences of the Unitarian Universalist Association and its roots. The youth visit sites of historical importance for Unitarians such as UUA Headquarters, Arlington Street Church, King's Chapel, Harvard, and Walden Pond. This trip takes place every other year. Parents/guardians are expected to work cooperatively with the youth on fundraising for this trip.
Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a nationally renowned program on human sexuality developed in collaboration by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. The program presents a comprehensive approach to human sexuality in an age-appropriate manner and is based firmly on the values of respect, responsibility, justice and inclusivity. The curriculum helps young people apply these values to their behavior and provides them with information and skills they can use throughout life. Junior High O.W.L. includes a comprehensive parent orientation, and parent permission is required for young people to participate in this class. OWL is scheduled in alternate years. Please consult the Program Prospectus (click here) to find out if it will be offered in the current church year.