REGISTER now for Fall programs for children & youth at MLUC!
Please click here to REGISTER for children’s programming at MLUC this fall.
ALL families who register …
Will receive occasional mailings including birthday cards from the church
Will receive invitations to participate in ~monthly social justice projects(virtual and/or in person, depending on Covid conditions)
Will receive invitations to participate in ~monthly community-building get togethers, field trips, etc (virtual and/or in person, depending on Covid conditions)
Even if you are not ready to return to church in person, please DO fill out the registration link above to let us know that you want to stay in touch and hear about what’s going on at church!
If you choose, you can also register for specific age-group classes as outlined below.
For preschool aged children (3s & 4s), WE ARE MANY WE ARE ONE helps young children explore UUism, nature, & relationships and celebrate life! This class group may not meet on a weekly basis this fall depending on registration numbers and attendance patterns. When it does not meet, 3 and 4 year olds will join the K-5th grade class with a designated helper so they can participate in an age-appropriate way.
For elementary aged children (K – 5th grades), SOUL MATTERS WORKSHOPS provide children the opportunity to explore stories and themes each week in a variety of workshop spaces they choose between based on interest. Most weeks, spaces with Creative, Movement, and Contemplative options will be available. Each Sunday’s story/theme will relate to the worship service and correlate with these monthly themes: Embracing Possibility, Cultivating Relationship, Holding History, Opening to Joy, Living with Intention, Widening the Circle, Renewing Faith, Awakening, Nurturing Beauty, Celebrating Blessings.
For 6th & 7th Graders, CROSSING PATHS, a Neighboring Faiths curriculum from Soul Matters Sharing Circle. Different religions from those studied last year will be explored. Field trips and visits with practitioners of faiths we are focusing on may be in person or virtual depending on pandemic conditions.
For 8th & 9th Graders, OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL) is typically a full-year, comprehensive, faith-based sexuality education program providing accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. We are exploring how to best schedule this class to cover all content with Covid precautions in place.
For 8th – 12th Graders, Youth Group will begin the year with monthly outdoor meetups, and possibly more frequent online check-ins. Please sign up for this even if your Youth just wants to stay in the loop and understand what the options for participation are, since things will evolve based on the interests of those engaging with the program.
We expect that Covid conditions may fluctuate throughout the year and do not yet know when a vaccine will be available for children under the age of 12. In order to provide multiple layers of protection for our vulnerable children and youth, we expect that:
Prior to vaccine approval for younger children:
- if we are in Red transmission status (determined via the CDC) all activities will be outdoors, masks required for ages 3+
- if we are in Orange transmission status (determined via the CDC) all activities will be outdoors, masks preferred for ages 3+
- if we are in Yellow transmission status (determined via the CDC) activities for ages 12+ can be indoors, masks required, and activities for younger children will be outdoors, masks preferred for ages 3+
- if we are in Blue transmission status (determined via the CDC) activities for ages 12+ can be indoors, masks preferred, and activities for younger children can be indoors, masks required
- once a vaccine is widely available for children under age 12, our expectations for those younger children will align with those listed above for 12+.
If weather conditions do not permit outdoor gatherings, or simply to accommodate families’ needs, virtual programming may be offered instead of or in addition to outdoor activities.
These expectations are, of course, subject to change as pandemic conditions change with new variants arising and new science becoming available on an ongoing basis.