Children and Youth
Sunday mornings at 10:30
begin with children and youth in the sanctuary to
participate with adult members in intergenerational
the end of intergenerational worship, children are sung
to their classrooms where they share “glads and sads”,
stories, songs and age-appropriate programs that explore
UU values and the relevance of these values to the
everyday experiences of children and youth.
(Babies to 3 years old)
A fun place for babies and toddlers to play. In
the Rainbow Room children sing, play, listen to
stories and explore.
Spirit Play (3-5 years)
This eclectic program uses religious stories, myths,
songs, UU history, crafts and children’s’ literature to
encourage children to explore
questions such as:
*Who am I?
Where did I come from?
*What is my purpose?
* What are my gifts?
* How do I choose to live my life?
What happens when I die?
* Why am I lsad sometimes?
In this classroom, children take responsibility for
They have freedom to explore their own answers to
questions, within the structure of classroom routines
and learning materials provided by the teachers.
Chalice Club (6 –9 years)
The Chalice Club program uses the UUA curriculum “We
Believe”, supplemented by picture books generously
donated by our congregation through “The Giving Tree”.
The program encourages children to connect the
principles of our faith to their lives outside of the
There is lots of drama, music and co-operative games.
(7P) (10 years and up)
This program uses the UUA Curriculum “The Questing Year”
to engage youth in activities relating to four quests:
– Looking inside to see who we are as individuals.
- Discovering Unitarian Universalists and our
Action Quest –
Finding ways to help the world and people in it.
Mystery Quest –
Searching for answers to big questions, like….why
does life exist?
Coming of Age
Coming of Age (COA) signifies the transition from
childhood to adulthood and engages youth in a search for
spiritual meaning. Youth work with mentors and COA
leaders to explore their beliefs and to develop a faith
statement. Coming of Age will be offered beginning in
2010 OWL Programs for all age groups
Don’t miss this opportunity to sign your children up
for this innovative sexuality program
Lives (OWL) helps youth make informed and responsible
decisions about their sexual health and behaviour. It
equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate
information in the areas of human development,
relationships, personal skills, sexual behaviour, sexual
health and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic
view of sexuality, OWL provides not only facts about
anatomy and human development, but helps participants to
clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and
understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects
Parents are a child’s most
important sexuality educators, and sexuality education
begins at home. Parents can be effective sexuality
educators especially if they have the support and
resources to help them face this challenging and
rewarding responsibility. And that’s where OWL can help.
OWL programs are being offered for all age groups
this year. All programs run Sundays during church time:
Grades 4-6: Runs for six sessions
from Sunday, October 17-Sunday, November 21, 2010. Youth
will learn about and discuss the physical and emotional
changes of puberty. They will read It’s Perfectly
Normal, by Robie Harris, and examine topics such as
values and sexuality, communication and decision-making.
Parent orientation night will be Thursday, September 23
at 7 p.m. Registration required by September 19.
Grades 7-9: Runs for 27 sessions
between the months of October 2010 and May 2011.
Presents a comprehensive approach to human sexuality,
based on the values of respect, responsibility, justice
and inclusivity. Helps young people apply these values
to their behaviour and provides them with information
and skills they can use throughout throughout life.
Note: OWL programs are open to all
children—whether they be from the First Unitarian church
community or the wider community. A minimum of six
participants are required. Parents of children in the
Grade 4-6 program are required to be on site during
program delivery. Parents of youth in the Grade 7-9
program are not required to be on site but must be
accessible by phone and available if required.
register for any of the above programs, please contact
Philippa Heritage at: (905) 525-1859 or
is Creative Spirituality month, when all
children three and up rotate through workshops that
allow them to explore a common UU theme through a
variety of creative activities such as baking,
woodworking, drama, visual art and music.
Youth Group (Ages 13-18)
This relaxed group meets on Sundays at 12:00 and
welcomes anyone with an open mind and an interest in
having fun and sharing experiences with other youth.
with the Congregation
Families are encouraged to explore activities that bring
us together as a congregation.
Some activities to look for are:
occur every Sunday.
Children and youth worship with the adults in the
congregation for the first part of the service.
We also have occasional fully intergenerational
services such as the festival of lights in December and
the church picnic in June.
an intergenerational letter-writing activity culminating
in a shared lunch where secret identities are revealed.
family-friendly events that occur on a monthly basis.
held on the last Friday of the month, when children,
youth and adults make themselves seen and heard.
including a family Christmas Eve Service and a seasonal
celebration on December 13th.
to raise money to support justice, equity and compassion
in human relations locally and in other nations.
Workshops, potlucks and feedback sessions,
sponsored on a regular basis by the CYRE Committee to
get input from the congregation and parents and to
support their continued participation in CYRE programs.