We need Mission Trip advisors! Apply today to be one!
What is the Mission Trip? Since the summer of 2004, our church youth group has been participating in an annual seven-day trip to Battle Creek, MI to work for Habitat for Humanity’s “Collegiate Challenge.” Collegiate Challenge is Habitat for Humanity’s year-round alternative break program that provides opportunities for students from youth groups, high schools and colleges to spend a week working on construction, demolition, restoration, and/or clearing out abandoned homes, in partnership with a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
Expectations of Advisors:
- Participate in 3 years of Mission Trip work.
- Participate in all planning meetings (approximately 4-5 per year)
- Implement specific tasks assigned by planning group
- Assist with youth interviews to determine eligibility for participation
- Participate as an advisor in fundraising activities related to Mission Trip
- Get to know the youth in our program before the trip.
- Assist with driving during trip as needed
- Act as Youth Advisor during actual trip, providing support and guidance
- Provide leadership in all activities of the trip, including Habitat work, extracurricular responsibilities, and leisure activities.
Want to be a part of the 2017 YRUU Mission Trip: Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge? Application available soon!
Today’s Youth Leading the Way
What does it mean to be a teenager in our Unitarian Universalist faith? The youth who come to our congregation are looking for the same things as adults: community, social action, identity, celebration, and spiritual growth. Our UU teens put our faith into action every day by daring to be real, showing acceptance and support, leading with courage, and acting for justice.
Contact Deb Solis, our Youth Program Coordinator, for more information and to be added to the youth Facebook group!
Sunday Youth Programs (9:00-10:30a.m.)
Seventh-Eighth Grade Program
Traditional class structure with curriculum that is fun and engaging! Our 7-8th graders explore some of life’s “big questions” together, and engage in deep discussions on social issues ranging from racism and bigotry, to conformity, greed, censorship and more.
Y.R.U.U. Ninth-Twelfth Grade Program
YRUU stands for Young Religious Unitarian Universalists. This program offers a supportive environment in which teens can explore their feelings about themselves, their world and their religion. This group is directed by a Youth Steering Committee, consisting of teens and adults who work with the group to determine the content of each week’s discussion, and extra-curricular programming. The group also plans and presents an Annual Youth Service for the congregation each spring. Youth age sixteen and over are welcome to join our summer Mission Trip program working for Habitat for Humanity, traditionally held in Battle Creek, MI.
September—December, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The “Our Whole Lives”curriculum equips participants with accurate and age-appropriate information about six subjects—human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, society, and culture—to present a holistic view of sexuality based firmly on the values of respect, responsibility, justice and inclusivity. OWL programming is available only to children of First Church members. Contact our Youth Program Coordinator for more info.
“We will create a spiritual oasis founded on mutual respect and sincerity, where support and confidentiality continue to form a trusting, united community. This open forum for ideas shall foster growth, happiness, and fun.”
– YRUU Covenant