Welcome Back to Youth Ministry 2016-2017!
Check out the bulletin boards in Eliot Hall or the updated church website for more info, but here’s the basics:
6th & 7th graders - 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sundays - meet in the Parlor (Room 225), on the second floor above Eliot Hall. You’ll be studying World Religions this year including field trips to religious communities in the Salt Lake City area as well as guest speakers. Families, we’ll need your help for driving with field trips. Please make sure we have your best contact info to communicate weekly about plans and times.
8th & 9th graders - 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sundays - meet in the Junior High Room (Room 218) where Coming of Age met last year. You’ll be following the Our Whole Lives (OWL) lifespan sexuality education curriculum this year. These sessions are packed with useful, factual and life-giving information on healthy relationships. Parents must participate in Orientation on 9/11, 6-8 p.m. and sign permission slip. $100 fee requested. Registration deadline is September 25th.
Other Middle School Programs
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 Classes
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 RE Program Summary.
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, UUSC Headquarters, Arlington Street Church, King's Chapel, Harvard, and Walden Pond. Parents/guardians are expected to work cooperatively with the youth on fundraising for this trip.
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
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 OWL includes a comprehensive parent orientation, and parent permission is required for young people to participate in this class. OWL is scheduled in alternate years. This year the OWL program will be offered during the entire year church year in the 8th and 9th grade class.