Youth Program for Grades 7-12
High School Youth Advisors
Middle School Youth Advisors
Director of Religious Education
Middle and High School Youth meet during the school year on Sunday mornings, starting in the Sanctuary for the beginning of the service, then proceeding out for their classes.
This year the 7, 8, and 9th graders will be focused on the Coming of Age curriculum. 7th and 8th in their own group, and the 9th graders part of the High School group.
Gatherings typically begins with chalice lighting and check-in -- each person shares the joys and tribulations they experienced during the week.
Youth and the advisors share a reading, or other provocative item to generate discussion, or we take time out to play games and laugh. Snacks are available to munch.
Youth also plan ways to be involved in church, social and community events:
• Plan the Sunday gatherings
• Youth-led Sunday worship
• Music performances at the Alternative service
• One or more led by Youth around a topic
• We encourage the teens to plan and participate in Special Teen Events.
These are some we've done in the past:
River Rafting the Mckenzie River
Haunted Maze at Lone Pine Farms
Sleepovers at the church: bring your favorite board game!
Eugene Stream Team clean-up day on the creek
Helping package food at Food For Lane County
At particular times of the year, or rotating years, there are also
- Youth Conferences
- OWL Program
Coming of Age
Interfaith OWL Program for 4th and 5th graders
I can think of no greater gift to give our children than the gift of self-knowledge, self-expression, and self-love. By providing a safe format to discuss and explore the topics of sexuality, we support our youth in their journey toward adulthood, and provide them with a strong foundation for making positive, joyful, and respectful choices their whole lives long!
Please contact Katy Siepert, DRE, if you have questions on upcoming OWL classes for other ages in the coming year.
Parents complete a mandatory parent orientation so their child or teen can participate with full confidence of their parents, and the facilitators, that all materials are acceptable to be shown to every child. Printed materials will also be made available upon request.