9th graders will have the opportunity to delve deeper into what they believe and complete Credo Statements and Gratitude Statements during special sessions designated during the year. The Credo statements will be presented at the Youth Service (May 7, 2017).
Coming of Age (CoA) youth reflect upon: what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, their spirituality and values, and how they will be involved in the greater community. It is important to note that UU’s continue to question. It is best if your youth is committed to all of the sessions to fully get meaning from the process.
- Please CONFIRM your 9th grader will be a part of this by RSVP to Mary B. Collins, Children’s Program Coordinator – pre-K to Grade 5.
Families of 9th graders – Final Call for you to confirm your 9th grader will participate in the final step of Coming of Age. If you youth will participate – This is their home-work:
o When you confirm – you will receive two documents to read (sample credo statements, and reading from book This I Believe: Life Lessons).
o Listen to “This I Believe” podcasts here’s one example or look at other “essays” about 3 minutes each ~ http://thisibelieve.org/essay/4205/
o By April 20 – Youth Write a draft (2 minutes read out loud) or draft of your idea to present (artistic or musical or video…) and email it to Rev. John & Mary Collins
o On April 23 – Meet with Mary Collins with Credo finalization & Gratitude statements 6:00-7:00 pm in Meeting House, Main floor then go to youth Group to share it as the group as part of the Youth Service planning
o May 6 – Rehearsal 4:00-6:00pm, Potluck 6:00-7:00 pm, 9th Gr & Parents “Gratitude Ceremony” 7:00 pm & May 7th Credo Presentation at both 9 & 11 services to the congregation
- After taking part in CoA the youth may decide to join our congregation as a voting member in their own right – at age 14 according to our by-laws. Contact David Vita, Director of Social Justice/Director of Membership.
CLICK HERE for registration.