CHILDREN & YOUTH CLASSES FOR 2012-13
Children and youth in Preschool (3 years) through high join the community for the first part of worship at 11 a.m. and then go to their prospective classes until 12:30.
NURSERY (birth-4 years)
Location: Church’s lower level, Nursery
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, Cathy Castaneda and Sandra Sotelo provides a loving presence as they engage children in games, stories and crafts with seasonal and holiday themes throughout the year.
3-5 year olds
We Are many, We Are One & Chalice Children
The curricula, We Are Many, We Are One and Chalice Children, are based on the philosophy that young children learn about religion through relationships. What is a person? Who am I? How am I related to others? What are my responsibilities? What kind of world do I live in? These are religious questions that children begin to answer as they become acquainted with themselves, other people, and their environment; all responses are mediated by the significant adults in their lives.
1st-4th Grades Love Will Guide Us
In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?”
5th-8th Grades Junior High Youth Group The Questing Year
The junior high youth group meets on Sundays from 11:30-12:30.
The Questing Year invites participants on four quests tied to the themes of self, church, mystery, and social action:
Inner Quest – Who are you? What are you like? How are you different? What’s your place in the world?
Unitarian Universalist Quest – What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? What’s special about UUs? How do UUs live out their principles?
Mystery Quest – How can you understand what you can’t see? Like God? Or the great mystery? Or spirit and spirituality?
Action Quest – How can you make the world a better place?
In addition to the Sunday morning curriculum youth get together for once a month social activities-First Friday Fun Nights, join with other middle school youth for weekend conferences: Middle School Unitarian Universalist Gatherings MUUGS (Middle School UUs) and a junior high backpack trip in June.
9th-12th Grades Senior High Youth Group (Youth Group Room)
The senior high youth group meets on Sundays from 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 they participate in youth conferences in area Unitarian Universalist churches under the auspices of the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations and Y.R.U.U. (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) PCD YRUU . The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.
Curriculum: Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives is a positive, comprehensive, and age appropriate educational program that promotes sexual health and is informed by the guidelines of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).
The goals of this eight week curriculum are:
1. To strengthen and support each child’s sense of self and self-esteem.
2. To help children understand the place of sexuality in human life and loving.
3. To help children recognize and appreciate their bodies as good and beautiful,
private and special.
4. To help children gain understanding and accurate information about human sexuality,
reproduction and gender identification.
5. To help children prepare for the normal changes they will experience as they grow and
6. To help children develop interpersonal skills that will keep them safe and healthy.
7. To help children learn to make decisions that respect themselves and others and that
anticipate possible consequences.
8. To engage families with the Our Whole Lives program in open communication about all
Parent Orientation and class time to be scheduled. If interest in participating in the course please RSVP to Rev Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org
COMING OF AGE PROGRAM FOR 8TH-10TH GRADERS
The First Unitarian Church of San Jose will be offering a Coming of Age Program, beginning in September 2012 through May 2013, for youth entering 8th-10th grades.
Coming of Age is an opportunity for youth to: challenge themselves both physically and spiritually; develop meaningful relationships with other youth and adults; gain a greater understanding of Unitarian Universalism and what it means to them and; to have lots of fun enjoying the many gifts life presents to us.
Each youth participating in the program will have a mentor (an adult member from the congregation) who will serve as an important companion throughout the year.
The Coming of Age Task Force will help each participant choose a mentor that is right for him or her.
In addition to each participant’s local congregational involvement there will be a series of three retreats and a celebration dinner during the year in which we will join with other Unitarian Universalist Coming of Age youth from around the bay area The retreats will give youth the opportunity to do some fun and challenging activities like a Ropes Course, Nature Vigil and a street retreat with the Faithful Fools Street Ministry in the Tenderloin section of San Francisco.
It is a program that requires a commitment from youth and their families and a level of maturity to be able to face the challenges of developing relationships with a diverse group of youth and an adult mentor. Youth must be willing to face the reality of homelessness and poverty that they will see in the Tenderloin and be willing to share their evolving sense of what it is they believe with the congregation in their credo statement on Coming of Age Sunday, May 19, 2013.
If you would like to register for the 2012–13 Coming of Age Program or find out more information please contact Rev. Geoff Rimositis GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org