Youth Programming: 8th-12th grade

“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.”
― Mary Oliver

Coming of Age~ 8th Grade

Coming of Age is a wonderful rite of passage. At this age, our youth are in one of the most formative and pivotal times of their lives. Part of the work of Coming of Age is claiming the kind of person you want to be. As UUs, we believe that each and every one of us has a piece of the truth and COA helps our youth articulate the values and beliefs they hold most dear. The program is a significant commitment of time and energy throughout this year long program, but is one of the most memorable and often life changing experiences offered in our Religious Education program arc.

Over the course of the year, participants will be paired with a mentor, and will explore topics including:

  • Exploring Values 
  • Bad Things
  • Community Service
  • After Death Beliefs
  • UU Identity
  • God Beliefs
  • Faith
  • Interviewing religious leaders, and interviewing mentors
  • Writing Faith Statements
  • Faith Statements in Music and Art
  • When People Try to Convert You

Participants will slowly work on their own credo, a statement of faith where they see themselves now. Many will share these faith statements during the annual Coming of Age worship service in June.

Senior Youth~9th-12th Grade

The South Church Senior Youth program strives to be a place of community, service, and empowerment.  In a typical year, we develop community with weekly meetings, field trips, overnights and service learning projects. As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, Senior Youth will continue to give our teens an opportunity to explore their spiritual selves and make meaningful connections with other youth through shared experience. We will begin meeting again in September.

Interested in volunteering with our youth? Please let us know!

South Church Religious Education Staff:

Our Director of Lifespan Ministries, Kirsten Hunter and RE Coordinator, Jennifer Del Deo work together with so many members of our South Church community to foster growth, learning, and community for our children and youth members… More About Us

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Mailing Address:

South Church Meeting House

73 Court Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801