Middle School Youth Group
The Middle School Youth Group is open to all youth from 6th grade through 8th grade. The emphasis in the middle school years will be an internal focus, with activities designed for early adolescents to look inside themselves and begin to understand the unique power and beauty they possess. We will find comfort in our Unitarian Universalist tradition of encouragement of one another and commitment to spiritual growth. Of course it would not be a middle school youth group without fun, food, festivities and fellowship. We will be planning events with the youth throughout the year.
Amazing Grade: 6th-8th Grades
Amazing Grace intends to help middle schoolers understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. Its purpose is to equip them for moving safely and productively through the middle- and high school years, when they will be continually tugged toward both ends of the ethics continuum. Through their involvement in Amazing Grace, youth will come to recognize and depend on their Unitarian Universalist identity and resources as essential to their movement toward understanding, independence, and fulfillment of personal promise.
The curriculum uses stories, activities, discussion, and more to help youth address such questions as: Why do bad things happen? What is the role of God, gods, and goddesses? Who am I? Is evil or goodness within us? Is it something we choose? What are my own ideas? How can I follow my own ideas and not somebody else’s? Is “you decide for yourself” really the ultimate UU answer to these questions?
June 4 – All Children and youth start in the education building
- End of year check-in & social hour. Bring snacks to share if you’d like.
June 11 – Multi-generational Worship Service followed by All-church Barbecue
- Flower Communion Sunday: Bring a flower to the service to share with the East Shore community in our annual flower communion. This tradition celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. East Shore’s high school youth group will help celebrate this multi-generational event.
June 18 – Summer RE Begins!
Children/Youth will begin in the sanctuary each week and will then move to Room 201 in the Education building for an 8 week summer curriculum on the seven principles “We Believe”
Youth may opt to attend the “We Believe” class, attend worship service, play board games in room 202 or join our Youth Group advisor Amanda in “Digging Deep – garden ministry” outdoors in the sun. They are required to stay in the group they chose for the entire Sunday but may switch groups from week to week.
Summer volunteers are needed sign up here.
There will be no summer RE on July 2, 23, and August 13th
Coming of Age
Every year our 8th, 9th and 10th graders are invited to the Coming of Age program. This is a program which allows Youth to deepen their relationship with East Shore Unitarian Church and Unitarian Universalism. The program includes each youth being matched with an adult member of the congregation. The youth and mentors engage in meaningful conversations about a wide range of topics from religion to social justice and how those topics influence how the youth see the world through a Unitarian Universalist lens. The program ends with a worship service, led by the youth, where they make a credo statement about their faith.
There is an informational meeting for parents of youth interested in participating in Coming of Age for 2017-2018 on May 21st at 11:15 a.m. A second meeting (with the same content) will be held on June 10th at 9:15 a.m.