Kids & Youth Programs
Religious Exploration at the
Unitarian Universalist Society of
Grafton and Upton during COVID
During COVID times, we feel our mission here at UUSGU is more important than ever. We strive to spark the spirit and mind through fun and engaging programs, because we all need a little hope and inspiration now. We strive to kindle loving community through opportunities for everyone to connect virtually because it’s too easy to feel isolated these days. We strive to ignite social justice in the world through opportunities to connect and serve the larger community, mindful of the unequal impact of COVID and the recession on people of color and those with a lower income.
Every week during COVID we are offering an opportunity to connect and have some fun while learning or serving the world. Here is a list of the ongoing programs. Email our Director of Religious Exploration (DRE), Chris Scheller, to register to participate in these great offerings.
Time For All Ages
Every week during virtual worship our DRE or another member of our congregation tells an engaging story for all ages. Following worship, the DRE prepares discussion questions and activities for parents and kids to engage with the story and will email these out to all registered RE families. This is a great opportunity for parents and children to worship in a kid-friendly way at home and stay connected with the central theme of our worship service as a family.
This year, we are offering Spirit Play stories that parents can watch with their children on their own time, especially for our preK-2nd graders. Sign up for our religious exploration email list and you will receive a video story about once a month followed by “wondering” questions parents and kids can think about together. The program encourages independent thinking through wondering with an adult who does not mediate correct answers but truly wonders with the child.
Do you like to build things?! This group is open to all ages, designed especially for elementary school children. Twice each month we meet over Zoom to connect, have fun, and learn about the different religions of the world as we seek their inspiration for building projects of sacred architecture and inspired design. Before each class, you’re asked to come prepared with building materials for the project and we’ll use about half our time to connect, learn, and brainstorm, and the other half to build together as we chat over Zoom. If you need building materials at home, just reach out and we can drop off a kit for you!
People of all ages want to help out and make a difference in the world. Every month, we offer opportunities for our youth of all ages to extend beyond themselves, learn about the needs of others, and contribute to the church’s work to make the world a better place. That can mean learning about the importance of voting and helping to make posters to get out the vote, hearing about the needs of our neighbors and making cards for them, or collecting donations and helping out with some of our local nonprofit partners.
Senior Youth Group
Our high school group is focused on community, relationship building, and providing a safe place for our youth. This year during COVID they are meeting happily over Zoom twice each month to connect, learn self-reflection skills, and explore the important work of anti-racism.
Adult Covenant Group
A covenant group is a small relational group of people who meet regularly to establish and nurture themselves in their own beloved community. Each person can speak, be heard and be known as we explore what it is like to live in right relationship with our COVID pods and the world during this time. Contact Chris for more information.
RE Leaders for Children and Youth
RE Leaders are special, inspirational members of our beloved community who demonstrate the commitment and personal qualities needed to be an integral part of a child’s faith discovery and journey.
As a Protect My Ministry church, we utilize National Background Screenings for all RE Leaders which includes CORI and Sexual Offender Registry. Our children’s safety is of paramount importance to us. All people new to the UUSGU community are required to wait 6 months to a year before volunteering to lead RE for children and youth. We want you to get to know us, and we want to get to know you.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Religious Exploration Programs
Our Whole Lives
Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives.
For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula. A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.
Supporting families is very important to us.
We are currently working on creating programming with the goal of better supporting the families of UUSGU. This may include small parent support groups, special events, Club UU, and more. If you would like to be part of the brainstorming and development process, let us know!
If you would like to learn more about family support, please contact DRE Chris Scheller at Chris@uusgu.org.