Neighboring Faiths – Ages 11-13
An experiential exploration of different faith traditions through learning in the church and going on field trips to houses of faith. We will engage with Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Unitarian Universalism, and many more traditions. Neighboring Faiths is run in the odd September years (eg. 2019).
Coming of Age for Ages 14-15
A group that requires weekly attendance, with two weekend retreats and a June worship service where youth prepare a personal faith statement. Youth learn about the elements of developing a basic expression of their faith and delve more deeply into what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and part of a UU congregation. At the completion they are offered the opportunity to become members of First UU.
Covenant Group for ages 15-19
Incorporates topics of significance to high school youth in a format that is natural to them. UU youth build strong communities, with shared responsibility, intimacy, and ultimacy. This group ministry models shared leadership with youth co-leading.
Our Whole Lives
A year long sexuality education program that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. This curriculum not only addresses intellect and biology it also moves beyond the basics to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world. Families must commit to regular attendance, complete an orientation held in the Fall, and complete informed consent forms. The class is closed to additional members after the beginning of the year to ensure trust-building. 8th graders who come partway through the year can join the regular Sunday School classes. Class runs from 11am-12:30pm.
Is our teen choir for ages approx. 11 – 16. It sings at both the 9:15 am and 11 am church services six to seven times per year. In addition, RV participates in the Holiday and Spring concerts, sings for special occasions, and often partners with Peace Pals and Spirit of Life. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 12:30 to 3pm for lunch, hanging out, fun, social justice projects and service to the congregation. They frequently travel to swim, bowl or to an entertainment event. The groups usually lunch together and then divide into senior high and middle school groups. In the Spring the group takes a trip into Amish country for cultural exploration and fun together.
Three or four conferences are offered each year that gather about 100 youth from around the district at a congregation for a weekend of being UU in a place where it’s safe. Our youth so often are the only UU at their school. They often feel pressured to hide their true selves to get along. For many these gatherings are essential. Join the FaceBook group to keep up with the community and the CONs – OMD YAC.
Though most teens prefer Religious Exploration, on Sunday mornings it is not unusual to see teenagers in the worship service – in the pews, in the choir or playing an instrument. You can find out more about our choirs on the Music Page. Training as a Worship Coordinator is open to teenagers. Indicate your interest in these options when you register for Religious Exploration.
Summer Justice Week
High School teens meet for a week to learn about and engage in action around current justice issues.