Children & Youth Spiritual Growth & Learning Programs
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Nursery: Birth - four years
Location: Nursery, Church’s Lower Level
Childcare Staff: Kimberly Fernandez
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Each week our paid staff, Kimberly Fernandez, provides a loving presence, engaging children in games, stories and crafts with seasonal and holiday themes throughout the year.
Three- to five-year-olds: The Spiritually Growing Child
Young children learn about religion through relationships. Each week the children look and listen to an engaging picture book that reflects the week’s central theme with accompanying activities. Themes from September to June include: Individuality, Earth Day, Cycles of Life, Harvest, Thanksgving, Christmas, Hannukah, Winter Solstice, Family, Golden Rule, etc.
Grades 1-4: Spirituality for Children and Faithful Journeys
Spirituality for Children (September-December 2014): The program helps children recognize their potential, focus on goals and understand the impact of their choices.
Faithful Journeys (January-May 2015): hands-on activities as well as guided discussion, reflection, and self-expression to engage participants with various learning styles. Each session of this program includes rituals: sharing opening words, a chalice-lighting, centering in silence before hearing a story, and singing.
Grades 5-8: Junior High Youth Group – Building Bridges
Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search. Participants will visit other religions as well as engage in class activities.
Grades 9-12: Senior High Youth Group – Sundays, 11:30-12:30
The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open-minded and loving peers. The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities. They plan social and service projects throughout the year, and participate in youth conferences in area Unitarian Universalist churches under the auspices of the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations and Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU). The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.
Youth Group Advisors: Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Rick Morris
Grades 8-10: Coming of Age Program
September 2014 - May 2015
Youth are paired with adult mentors to challenge themselves both physically and spiritually; develop meaningful relationships; gain a greater undertanding of Unitarian Universalism; and to have lots of fun. They'll go on three retreats, including a street retreat with the Faithful Fools Street Ministry in the Tenderloin section of San Francisco, and share their credo statement on Coming of Age Sunday, May 17
Check out Rev. Geoff’s blog on The Spiritual Journey of a Child through Our Faith Community and to see descriptions of our children and youth programs for 2014-15.
Please contact Rev. Geoff, GRimositis@gmail.com if you would like to learn more.