Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport offers programming for children and youth, referred to as Faith Formation (formerly known as “Sunday School” or “Religious Education” or “RE”). In the Spring of 2024 (January – June), Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport offers the following:
- Moral Tales (Kindergarten-3rd grade)
- Riddle and A Mystery (4th-6th grades)
- OWL- Our Whole Lives (7th-9th grades)
- Youth Group (10th – 12th Grade)
1. You and your young ones together are welcome in the sanctuary during the worship service;
2. You may choose to observe and listen with your young ones from our foyer; or
3. You can sign up in advance (at least 1 day before service) for childcare during service. Available for ages zero through pre-k. You can sign up by contacting Angi Haen.
Moral Tales (Kindergarten-3rd grade): The Moral Tales program introduces the children to stories drawn from Unitarian Universalist Sources, including Buddhists stories, Christian scripture, Jewish folktales, Scottish folktales, UU biographies, and other sources. The teachers tell the stories using a Story Basket, a basket with props. A little bit of theater goes into each story. The children also have an activity or craft relating to the story. The goal of Moral Tales is to provide the kids with some tools/resources we use to search for truth and make moral decisions.
At 11:00 the K-3 graders attend K – 6th grade Faith Formation Music, where they practice Unitarian Universalist music traditions by singing hymns.
Riddle and A Mystery (4th-6th grades): The Riddle and a Mystery program dives into big questions, such as “What Are We?” “Does God Exist?” “What Happens When We Die?” Each session includes an activity where the children will create a news broadcast and act as the anchor, the interviewee, the camera operator, etc.
At 11:00 the 4th-6th graders attend K – 6th grade Faith Formation Music, where they practice Unitarian Universalist music traditions by singing hymns.
OWL- Our Whole Lives (7th-9th grades): Our Whole LIves is a lifespan sexuality education program. The goal is to create a positive and comprehensive program that helps participants of all ages gain the knowledge, values and skills to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives. More specifically, Our Whole LIves for Grades 7 – 9 is designed to help young adolescents with the following:
- Affirm and respect themselves as sexual persons andrespect the sexuality of others
- Increase comfort and skills for discussing and negotiating sexuality issues with peers, romantic partner, and people of other generations
- Explore, develop and articulate values, attitudes, and feelings about their own sexuality and the sexuality of others
- Assess the impact of messages from family, culture, religion, media and society on sexual thoughts, feelings, values and behaviors.
- Click HERE to view the session topics.
Part A Mind-Body Skills: What are Mind-Body Skills? It’s an educational program for health and wellness. The students will learn and practice things like meditation, guided imagery, breath work, drawing, journaling. The 8 Mind-Body Skills sessions will be interspersed through the schedule.
Plan Part B Social Outreach: The Youth Group will explore an area of social outreach, such as supporting the refugees. Eventually, we would assist the UU Westport Social Justice Committee to volunteer our time for service, such as setting up apartments for refugees.
Plan Part C Improvise: I plan on activities that are simply for spending time with each other. The adult volunteers also plan to listen to the Youth Group and be open to changes based on their wants and needs.