Welcome to Faith Development for Youth at Main Line Unitarian Church. We offer Faith Development classes on Sunday mornings from September through June for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. We offer Junior Youth Group and Youth Group on Sunday evenings from September through June for 7th – 12th graders. Worship, community building, and social action are integral parts of this experience and are scheduled along with regular classes. Our Faith Development programs seek to:
- Develop Unitarian Universalists who are fully functioning religious beings engaged in honest dialogue, lifelong learning, and exploration of self and world
- Sustain strong families and create multigenerational relationships that value all
- Invite and promote questioning, curiosity, and religious freedom Each Sunday morning begins with a Story for All Ages, when teachers, children, youth, and families attend the first part of Sunday worship together in the Main Meeting Room. After a Story for All Ages, teachers, children, and youth are sung out to their classes. Changes are sometimes made on Sundays to accommodate the population in attendance. Subscribe to E-Notes to learn about updates and changes.
Volunteers may submit a registration form either online or in paper form:
Youth Policy (complete online)
2018-19 Youth Faith Development Calendar
Most Sundays: Story for All Ages in the sanctuary, then Faith Development classes. Youth in 10th – 12th grades are invited to attend the worship service or volunteer in the younger children’s Faith Development classes or in a hospitality role such as usher, green striper, etc.
*Note: There are several special Sundays when we have Multigenerational Worship—during these Sundays families stay together in the sanctuary throughout the service. Please read the weekly E-Notes for schedule alerts.
2018-19 Youth Faith Development Schedule
6th and 7th Grade
This curriculum’s goal is to magnetize the middle school so that middle schoolers are attracted like iron to a magnet! The class engages with big questions around the topics of Unitarian Universalism, money, death, and race through fun and deep teachable moments. This class is taught by a team of volunteer teachers from the congregation.
8th and 9th Grade
Coming of Age (COA)
Coming of Age youth are at the beginning of a journey—able to reflect on all they have learned, while investigating and defining their own beliefs. This program invites students to deepen their understanding of UUism and their knowledge of MLUC, and to begin a contemplative process around their own spirituality. The COA year includes opportunities for service, fellowship, fun, and adventure. Activities on both Sunday mornings and at other times engage youth in a process that culminates in the creation of personal credos (Latin: “what I set my heart to”). In spring, a youth-led service celebrates a unique threshold in their spiritual journey when youth share their own credos with the congregation. Youth are expected to attend each weekly class. This program requires a high level of commitment by parents and youth. COA does not attend a Time for All Ages. This class is taught by a team of volunteer teachers from the congregation.
Evening Youth Groups
6th – 8th Grade
Junior Youth Group (JYG) | 6:00
JYG is an evening program that meets on two Sundays each month. Their community-building activities have included bowling, bonfires, nature outings, and a wide-range of games. At each meeting, JYG youth share snacks and join in dialogue on important issues that are relevant to their lives. Some special evenings this year will include collaboration with YRUU. Activities are led by adult advisors.
9th – 12th Grades
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) | 6:00 p.m.
YRUU is a program that meets each Sunday evening and offers high school youth a channel for social interaction. YRUU is a place where youth get to know each other, build community, and establish life-long friendships. YRUU is primarily youth-led, as they design and facilitate most activities. The program balances service learning, fundraising, social action, youth-led worship, and in-depth dialogue on important issues. YRUU youth also organize or participate in several all-church multigenerational events throughout the year. Activities are led by adult advisors.
Interested in classes for younger children? View our Children’s page for details.