UUS Meeting Virtually Due to COVID-19
UUS is currently in Phase One (Closed for in person activity) of our COVID Reopening Plan. Sunday services are being streamed via Zoom at 10 a.m. Read more »
Children & Youth Programs
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Overview & COVID Changes
In many ways, our 2020-2021 religious education program is not going to resemble years past. Like so many in the spring of 2020, we just picked up what we did in-person and shifted it to online. And like so many, we did not get the results we wanted. We found content-based and weekly meetings were too overwhelming for children, youth, and many adults.
Taking what we learned in spring, we are going to be meeting less frequently and focusing on three key areas during the current church year: virtual connections, physical connections, and connecting with children and youth through their interests and passions.
Sunday religious education classes
While we remain online, religious education classes for children in pre-K through grade 6 will be held via Zoom after Sunday services beginning in October. Registration is required, and each grade level will meet in alternating weeks as follows:
- Pre-K – K: First Sunday of each month
- Grades 1 – 3: Second Sunday of each month
- Grades 4 – 6: Third Sunday of each month
Note: siblings and other family members are welcome to be present during any class, but be aware that the conversations and activities will be geared for that Sunday’s age group, and we will be prioritizing those participants.
Youth programs & opportunities
This year our youth groups for junior high (Grades 7-9) and senior high (Grades 10-12) will be partnering with UU congregations in Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities to offer a joint youth program. Beginning October 11, online meetups will happen every other Sunday evening via Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. There will also be special programs throughout the year that youth can sign up for.
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a sexual education program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association, and we offer sessions for youth in both junior and senior high. With a holistic approach, OWL provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.
Family & caregiver events
As part of our family ministry programming, we will be offering once a month parent/caregiver small group meetups via Zoom. These groups of 5-8 people will be a way for families to share what is working well, discuss what challenges they are having, and support each other with education and parenting issues. The hope is to group families based on children’s ages, schooling format, and schedules as best as we can.
Parents and caregivers who are UUS members should complete our interest survey to help us form groups. Any non-UUS family that would like to join can contact our Directory of Lifespan Religious Eduction at email@example.com.
If you have questions about any of our programs for children and youth, please contact the Director of Lifespan Religious Education.