The following church programs have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of these programs will be suspended during the pandemic. We may find ways to modify some of these programs to make them work within a framework of social distancing. Visit www.uusharon.org/children_and_youth/whats-happening-in-re-this-week/ for our latest programming.
Special RE Programming impacted by the pandemic
Revels – our winter holiday celebration. During Revels, children reflect on the meaning of the dark time of the year. They spend several weeks exploring traditions and spiritual practices of many cultures and religions throughout the world, and then share these experiences by leading worship for the whole community on the second or third Sunday in December. Revels is typically held on the second Sunday of December.
Religious Education Sunday – a worship service led by children and youth. In the weeks before RE Sunday, children and youth reflect on what they’ve learned and as a group develop an experience to share with the congregation a few gems of wisdom from this year’s religious journey. Prepare for some insightful surprises. RE Sunday is typically held in early April.
Core Programs for Grades 7-8 – click here for more information.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) – is a comprehensive lifespan sexuality education program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association. We offer three programs: for grades 1-2, for grades 5-6, and for grades 7-8. More information about OWL.
Coming of Age (Grades 8-9) – celebrates the spiritual transition from childhood to adulthood for youth who choose to engage in this year of discernment. We ask our 8th and 9th grade youth, after years of religious education classes, to consider what they have learned and to develop a statement of their religious beliefs at this point in their lives.. From October 2022 through May 2023, each participant meets twice monthly with UCS religious professionals and with their mentor to explore their connection with central themes in Unitarian Universalism. The Coming of Age youth share their individual statements of faith during a very special worship service in May 2023. More information about Coming of Age.
Children’s Choir – The Children’s Choir is for any child who wants to play and sing and occasionally perform during the Sunday service. We meet on Tuesday evenings 5:30-6:30 in the fellowship hall downstairs. Forbesy Russell leads with her guitar. We sing upstairs for services about once a month. All children are welcome!
Youth Programs that will resume post-pandemic
Youth CONventions – Senior youth in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in local Youth Conventions, known as CONs. These are regional get togethers of UU youth from surrounding congregations and are weekend overnight events at a hosting church.
Youth Service Trip – Every three years Senior Youth select a project for a group Youth Service Trip, generally choosing an organization providing support to an underserved population either in the United States or abroad. Past projects have included trips to urban and rural Nicaragua.
Youth Retreats – Our first big youth events of the church year are the JYFG and SYG retreats at Cedar Hill in Duxbury. Youth play, cook, eat, and worship together for almost 24 hours.
Social Events for children and families impacted by the pandemic
Mainspring House Lunch Makers –Children, youth, and adults are invited to don food-service gloves to assemble and wrap sandwiches, and fill bags with beverages, chips, and fruit – to make bag lunches for the guests of MainSpring House in Brockton. Organized by the Social Justice Committee. This is a peanut-free activity.
Multigenerational Movie Night – Wear your PJs and bring your sleeping bag so you can snuggle up with friends and family while you watch a family-friendly movie with folks of all ages from church. RSVP in advance for pizza and lemonade. Multigenerational Movie Nights typically start early – so that everyone can get home by their bedtime. Organized by the Religious Education Committee and publicized in the order of service and newsletter.
Bean Supper – Held on a Sunday in September, everyone’s invited to kick off the church year together with a traditional outdoor supper of BBQ, bean dishes, salads, and bread, followed by brownie sundaes. Adults and youth take turns serving and eating. Children are encouraged to serve dessert. There is a charge per person. Sponsored by the Bean Supper Committee.
Pancake/Waffle Breakfast – Every year the name changes slightly, but you can count on pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, fruit salad, juice, and coffee lovingly served by the Senior Youth Group. This fundraiser is typically held on a Sunday morning, from 8:45 to 9:45 am during the winter months. Check your newsletter for details.
Easter Can Hunt – The Easter Bunny has a tradition of hiding canned goods on the grounds of the Unitarian Church of Sharon. After church on Easter Sunday, children hunt for cans, which are given to the Ilse Marks Food Pantry (serving residents of Sharon and Stoughton). Youth and adult volunteers are needed to support this program. Please contact the DRE or the Religious Education Committee to volunteer.
Rainbow Sunday – The Social Justice Committee leads this multigenerational celebration of LGBTQ rights and equality on the first Sunday in June. Everyone is asked to wear a shirt that displays one color from the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet). After worship, we sort ourselves into a human rainbow in front of the church and then celebrate with cake.
Father’s Day Picnic – Join the entire congregation for a potluck picnic and BBQ on the lawn after the last worship service of the season. Sign up to bring a salad or dessert. Everyone is asked to chip in to cover the cost of the hamburgers, hot dogs, and tofu pups.