Children and Youth
The great end in religious instruction is
not to stamp our minds irresistibly upon the young,
but to stir up their own;
Not to make them see with our eyes,
but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own;
Not to give them a definite amount of knowledge,
but to inspire a fervent love of truth;
Not to form an outward regularity,
but to touch inward springs.
~ William Ellery Channing
Our Monthly Themes
Kindergarten ~ 6th Grade
We are part of a wider theme-based ministry network called Soul Matters. This group of over 150 Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country follows the same monthly themes. The themes are shared in worship, music, children's programming and in small group ministries. Bringing us into deeper connection, we are companions traveling a new journey together each month.
September: Embracing Possibility
October: Cultivating Relationship
November: Holding History
December: Opening to Joy
January: Living with Intention
February: Widening the Circle
March: Renewing Faith
May: Nurturing Beauty
June: Celebrating Blessings
Junioe and Senior Youth Group
(MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL) **
The Youth Group is designed to facilitate the transition between the structured children's program and the self-directed church participation of the adult. This autonomous group plans all of their programs with the support of Adult Advisors. Programs include community service, worship experiences, and leadership opportunities while producing a safe place to come for spiritual growth, friendship and support. This thoughtful dynamic and welcoming group is actively engaged in events with youth from other congregations in the Metro NY area.
**Because of covid19, we suspended all in person youth group meetings this past year, but hope for some safe in person meetings this fall.