Youth - Extracurricular

There are activities in addition to Sunday Morning classes that we offer for school-age youth.

Lighting the chaliceChalice Lighter’s Training Workshop
November 10, 2019 at noon (lunch is provided) 
Each year we invite students from 3rd through 6th grade to be trained as “Chalice Lighters” -- those who light our flaming chalice at the beginning of each worship service.  Purely voluntary, the training takes place in a Sunday afternoon workshop followed by an installation ceremony during a service in December. 

Spark! 3rd-5th grade social group
September through May

Join your friends on the 3rd Friday of the month for fun, games, movies or just socializing. Sunday mornings are busy and the building can be too congested for engaged socialization. Spark! Night gives our younger youth an opportunity to connect with their peers.  This occurs during the same time as FIRE for middle school so that families with children from 3rd – 8th grade only need to commit to one night.

Spark 3rd - 5th grade social group
      Spark! gathering

FIRE Middle School Group
September through May
Join your friends on (usually) the 3rd Friday of the month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at church -- and sometimes away from church -- for fun and a chance to hang out together.  Some Fridays we may have crafts, games, or a movie or YouTube night at church, and other times we may have a bowling, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, "terror trolley" and campfire, or theater trip outing.  We serve our community by decorating lunch bags for holiday P.A.D.S. and assembling birthday-party boxes for the Humanitarian Service Project.  We hope you'll join us! 

Transition, Affirmation and Graduation  11th & 12th grade
(Next offered October 2020 - May 2021)
The Transition, Affirmation and Graduation Class is designed for our high school juniors and seniors to be both the culmination of their years of involvement in the church’s religious education program for youth and the bridge to their participation in the life of adult church.  The program revolves around the five basic components of religious education; community building, learning, leadership, social action and worship.
Each student will partner with an adult mentor with whom they will learn more about DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church and the wider world of Unitarian Universalism.  During the year each student will also develop their own personal belief statement which they will share with the congregation at a group led worship service in the spring.
Participants will meet as a group with their mentors one Sunday a month for lunch and discussion.  Separate student/mentor meetings and activities will take place at a mutually agreed upon time each month.

Our whole Lives curricula cover pageAn important program offered for our children, in age-appropriate curricula during elementary, middle school and high school, is the UUA's Our Whole Lives (OWL) lifespan learning classes - a comprehensive view of sexuality, healthy relationships and respect for yourself and others. The program provides guidance for parents to have meaningful conversations with their children as well. In March 2019, two of our OWL teachers participated in the local Not Your Nuclear Family podcast: Let's Talk About Sex and Other Stuff With Our Kids.

1st & 2nd grade OWL class
1st & 2nd grade OWL class

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 1 & 2 and Grades 5 & 6 
(next offering January - March 2021)
The Our Whole Lives (OWL) program for elementary age youth is guided by two principles: parents have primary responsibility for sexuality education with their children and sexuality education begins at home and continues through an open and honest communication between parents and children.
The OWL classes take children through age appropriate activities and provide a support system for parents. Lessons and activities are led by UUA trained OW L facilitators.
* required parent and child orientation for both programs.

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 8 & 9 
(next offering September 2020 - May 2021)
This comprehensive program on human sexuality provides accurate and appropriate sexual information in a safe environment.  With the help of trained adult leaders, the participants will develop good communication skills with each other and with adults about sexuality, build positive and healthy attitudes about their own sexuality, and learn how to make responsible decisions about their sexual lifestyle and sexual behavior.
* A parent orientation is required for parents that have not participated in the Jr. High OWL orientation.

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 11 & 12 
(next offering January - March 2020)
Three Overnight Sessions to complete this twelve-session course as part four of our lifespan sexuality education curriculum. The overall goal of this Our Whole Lives program is to create a positive and comprehensive lifespan educational program that helps participants gain the knowledge, values, and skills they need to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives.  
* A parent orientation is required for parents that have not participated in the Jr. High OWL orientation.

You may contact our Director of Religious Education, Steve Cooper, to learn more about any of our youth programs or how to register your child.