"Life is just a chance to grow a soul."
— A. Powell Davies
Sunday School Classes for Youth & Teens
Our Sunday School curricula explore five major themes: Unitarian Universalist Identity, World Religions, Social Justice, Judeo-Christian Heritage, and Spiritual Self Development.
Middle School: Grades 6-8
Compass Points leads participants on a year long spiritual journey:
To discover what they believe about life's big questions
To think independently, assume responsibility, make decision and explore values
To have a background in Unitarian Universalist history, polity and theology
To understand that religious liberty is a hard-won legacy
High School: Grades 9-12
Each year the curriculum for the High School class is chosen with input from class members and leaders.
Summer for Youth & Teenagers
Middle School and High School classes take a break in the summer, though many youth attend worship with their families or gather in the high school room with friends.
Special Programming for Youth & Teens
COYA Youthgroup - Community of Youth and Adults
COYA is our youth group for grades 7-12. Members plan and participate in social events, field trips, social justice and fundraising projects which build community and develop leadership skills. It is youth lead with the support and guidance of adult advisors. COYA meets at noon on the first Sunday of each month in the high school room.
COMING OF AGE- a special program for 8th and 9th graders
2012-2013 School Year
Offered every other year, Coming of Age helps guide and empower young people as they make their transition from childhood through adolescence.
The program provides a youth- friendly community and structured activities that help participants make choices about the way in which they want to grow up. With the help of their mentors, participants actively develop their own understanding of Unitarian Universalism and who they want to become. Lead by an advisor team, Coming of Age includes the participation of parents, adult mentors, the Director of Religious Education and the Minister. The group presents their own worship service in the Spring and are welcomed to become full members of the church upon completion of the program.
The program is voluntary, with members making a commitment to attend all sessions. The group meets on Sunday evenings and some Saturdays throughout the school year. Enrollment is in September of 2012.
District Youth Conferences (Cons)
Many of our youth attend youth conferences organized by the Youth Adult Committee (YAC) of the Ohio Meadville District (OMD). Cons bring together Unitarian Universalist youth from a four state region for worship, workshops, social justice projects, and just plain fun. Con activities are organized and facilitated by youth with the support adult advisors. Info at http://www.ohiomeadville.org/yac/