We are excited to announce the 2023-24 Children and Youth Faith Formation Programming for The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport, beginning in September. All programming, with the exception of the High School Youth Group, begins on Sundays at 10:00 AM.
Nursery Care: Childcare for your babies and toddlers in our dedicated space (up to 3 years old) can be arranged. This space is located in the first downstairs classroom of our main sanctuary building. We will take your cell number in case there is a need to contact you. Contact Angela Haen to make arrangements.
The younger children (K-5th grade) will be split into two classrooms and follow a Unitarian Universalist-themed curriculum called Soul Matters:
K-2nd grade meets in the chapel room of the main building, located on the lower level.
3-5th grade meets on the main level of the Meeting House building.
6-7th grade: TBD
Beginning in September, 7-9th graders will embark on the centerpiece cycle of OWL (Our Whole Lives). OWL offers young people a profound opportunity to deepen their faith and put their values into practice. It covers topics and skills that both parents and students want to have available, but that most schools are unlikely to cover in scope and detail.
Within our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition, sexuality is understood as both natural and positive and as encompassing ethical, spiritual, emotional, social, political and interpersonal issues as well as physical ones. Our faith has a long tradition of urging religious communities to take an active role in the promotion of education and justice in human sexuality.
OWL recognizes and respects the diversity of participants with respect to biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability status. The activities and language used throughout the program have been carefully chosen to be as inclusive as possible of this human diversity.
Click HERE to view the session topics.
Interested? Please register HERE.
9-12th grade High School Youth Group meets Sunday mornings at 11:15 AM in the Meeting House lower-level, September to June. Our meetings are a blend of discussion and socializing, planning, brain-storming, fund-raising, and applying our Unitarian Universalist values to learning about a chosen theme (i.e. environmental justice, Appalachia poverty) that will inform the scope of our culminating learning journey during April vacation in the spring of 2024. This year’s trip is TBD currently, but we are leaning toward a service project in Puerto Rico.
Beginning in September, we are considering adding a new program to our Faith Formation ministry specifically designed for neurodivergent children. We don’t know what this program will look like currently. Stay tuned for updates…
Please contact Angela Haen for any questions about Faith Formation (traditionally known as “Sunday School,” “religious education” or “RE”) for your children. All are welcome– newcomers and old-timers alike. We know we can make a positive impact on the lives of our families. We look forward to getting to know your children!