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 nursery provides a safe and happy place for infants and toddlers while parents attend the service. Every Sunday, a childcare provider is available from 9:40am until the last child leaves.**
**During covid19, we are not having in person gatherings.
Our Monthly Themes
October: Deep Listening
February: Beloved Community
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.
7th through 9th Grades
Our Whole Lives
Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 7th through 9th graders. Because of covid 19, we will be offering an abridged OWL class during the spring of 2021. Stay tuned for details.
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 have suspended all in person youth group meetings.