Programs for Youth

Junior Youth Group

The Junior Youth Group for young people in grades 6-8 meets during the 9am worship service. Our focus this year is world religions. We’re using the title Neighboring Faiths, the name of a Unitarian Universalist program published in 1996, but we’re weaving in some strands from a second UU program called Building Bridges. And we’re tailoring the combination into a composite that meets Allen Avenue’s needs.

Neighboring Faiths is an important program, made more so by the religious misunderstanding and intolerance rampant in today’s world. We hope all our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade youth will be with us on Sunday mornings and for the visits we occasionally schedule to other religious institutions. Those visits cannot all be on Sunday mornings, but we’ll do our best to make them convenient. By the way, we may need some extra drivers to help with those visits. Once the dates are set, we’ll pass the word and hope some parents can sign on.

We understand the many demands on the time of today’s youth and families – homework and sports and sleepovers and relaxation and more. We also know that the Our Whole Lives program to be offered this year for middle school youth will mean even more church time for some youth. But we and the leaders of OWL will all do our best to make that time rich and rewarding for all who are there.

The Junior Youth Group program for grades 6-8 is offered during the 9am worship service. Youth begin in their program space at 9am.

Youth are welcome to begin attending the program at any time during the year. If a youth is attending for the first time, please have an adult accompany the youth to the program space and fill out a brief registration form with the program volunteer.

Please contact the Director of Religious Education for more information.

Learning about Burundi

Senior Youth Group

At Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Senior Youth Group is open to all youth in their high school years. We intend that all teens involved find a safe and welcoming space for social interaction and spiritual development. It is a place where youth deepen relationships with one another, increase their understanding of UU values, build community, and establish long-lasting friendships as well as a lifelong connection to UU-ism.

SYG is primarily youth-led, with four adult co-leaders who help them design and facilitate a number of activities. The program balances discussion of personal and current events with learning about Unitarian Universalism, engaging in service projects, planning youth-led worship, and having lots of fun.

Every Sunday morning from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m., at least two of the team of four adult volunteers meet with the youth to facilitate interactions. This year, we will be preparing a Lesson for All Ages and an end-of-year service for the entire church, as well as decorating the youth space and organizing a weekend Senior Youth Group retreat in addition to the activities listed above.

The dedicated volunteer leaders are always available to speak with parents. We all enjoy our weekly interactions with A2U2’s young people!

The Senior Youth Group program for grades 9-12 is offered during the 9am worship service. Youth begin in their program space at 9am.

Youth are welcome to begin attending the program at any time during the year. If a youth is attending for the first time, please have an adult accompany the youth to the program space and fill out a brief registration form with the program volunteer.

Please contact the Director of Religious Education for more information, dre@a2u2.org


The Audrey B. Seale Service Program

For our older youth and young adults, our church is fortunate to have been given a grant to offer funding to pursue a long-term project offering service to humankind.

Read more about the Audrey B. Seale Service Program for more information!

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This Month in Religious Education:

Save the Date: June Youth and RE Services: Our children and youth shine this June! On 6/4 at 10am, high school youth will plan and lead an unforgettable Youth Service that includes a Bridging Ceremony for graduating seniors. 

On 6/11 at 10am, the RE Service will celebrate the learning and growth of our children and junior youth this church year and feature a Child Dedication ceremony. Please note that in June, only one service is offered, at 10am.