Grades 7-8 Programming Alternates between Coming of Age and Neighboring Faith

 

Team Leaders: Karen Fisk and Karen Mack (karenmargaretfisk@gmail.com)

This year our middle school youth, and a few 9th graders, will be going through a program called Coming of Age.  The year will start with a bonding experience at a ropes course and end with a pilgrimage to Boston to learn about UU heritage. One of the most important aspects of this curriculum is time devoted to learning spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, social justice, art — focused time to leave behind any stress and concentrate fully on being at peace.

The beginning of the year is ritually started with a ceremony in church and the end of the year is marked by the kids sharing their credos — or personal faith statements — with the congregation.  A parents’ program is offered at the same time and that program focuses on exploring the faith aspect of the  curriculum the youth are doing.

  • CoA will meet primarily first and second Sundays from (4:45) 5-6 (But check schedule)
  • Parent Groups will also meet first and second Sundays from (4:45) 5-6
  • All are encouraged to attend the services on third and fourth Sundays
  • All Spiritual Practice sessions are with mentors (Karen Fisk and Karen Mack) and include time at end for mentors and mentees to talk about their experience

COA Schedule for 2016-17 Grades 9-12: Youth Group

Sept 11: Water Communion / First meeting

Sept 18: Coming of Age Ceremony, followed by Ropes Course with Amherst Police Dept (noon-4)

Sept 24: Source to Sea Clean Up with Mentors (Morning to noonish). Spiritual Practice of Stewardship.

Oct 2: LEARN

Oct. 16: Spiritual Practice: Prayer (sacrifice and transcendence) Karen Fisk

Nov. 6: LOVE

Nov. 13: Spiritual Practice: Meditation (transcendence) Casey Attebery

Dec. 4: GIVE

Dec. 11: Spiritual Practice: Generosity/ Baking (kindness) Sue Kelsey

Jan. 7-8: Overnight 7 pm-10 am: Journey from & back to Home

Spiritual Practice: Caring for the Earth (thinking of future generations) Susan and Steve Rice (8 pm)

Feb. 5: WORK

March 5:WORK and HOPE

March 12:Spiritual Practice: Making Altars (focus)

April 2: CREATING CREDOS

April 9:Spiritual Practice: Preparing for Pilgrimage with Polly Peterson

May 5-7: Spiritual Practice: Pilgrimage—to Boston and Concord and Walden Pond

Day One:

· UU Urban Ministry, UUSC, and/ or UUA

· Overnight possibly Arlington St (tour for certain) possibly at a hotel

Day Two:

· Boston Common, Kings Chapel, Holocaust Memorial, Faneuil Hall for Lunch

· Framingham UU Church (overnight) possibly at a hotel

Day Three:

· Travel to Concord for church (Sunday morning)

· Visit Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and various UUs buried there (Sunday before lunch)

· Visit Walden Pond (Lunch)

May 20-21 Overnight to Prepare for Coming of Age Service

May 21: Celebratory Service of Coming of Age

May 20-21: Overnight to Prepare for Coming of Age Service

May 21: Celebratory Service of Coming of Age

June 3-4:  A camping and hiking trip, Mount Monadnock, NH