Growing and connecting in our faith identity
Our groups for Middle School focus on developing a strong community of care and connection with peers and adult mentors. These experiences help Middle School youth to –
- Grow in Self Awareness
- Connect in a Caring Community
- Experience Mystery and Awe
- Learn about Unitarian Universalism
- Live our Foothills mission of “Unleashing Courageous Love in Northern Colorado and Beyond.”
Our Middle School Groups
7th/8th FAITH NEIGHBORS & COMING OF AGE (ages 12 – 13) 10:00AM & 11:30AM
Faith Neighbors September through February
Middle School youth will immerse themselves in the fascinating, and varied religions of our neighbors. Through field trips to attend worship services and talk to leaders of other faith communities the youth will deepen understanding and broaden their knowledge, bringing a positive outlook towards other religions and the people who practice them. A concurrent adult version of “Faith Neighbors” is being offered, site visits will be done together.
Coming of Age March through May
Coming of Age for our 7th and 8th graders is designed to grow and develop Unitarian Universalist identity and faith. This is done through valuing and exploring the values and beliefs they already hold at this point in their lives and then identifying intentional steps toward connecting with their congregation in ways that may help sustain a lifelong Unitarian Universalist identity and practice. This program includes mentor-ship by adult members of Foothills and a credo exploration and writing workshop. We use “credo” to mean a set of beliefs that inform or serve as a guide for one’s actions. Our Coming of Age program culminates in a weekend retreat at the Buckhorn Camp and a Coming of Age ceremony at Foothills.
It’s Just a Phase: Middle School
Who is that kid? They are changing so fast I feel like I hardly know them!
In middle school kids are changing incredibly fast—in body, mind, and emotions—you may feel you hardly know them anymore. One day they are as responsible and cooperative as an adult; the next day they are more like a six-year-old. One minute they are sunny and enthusiastic. The next they are gloomy and silent. Keep cool. These kids are in process; they’re becoming more self-sufficient. Their biggest task is checking out what independence feels like.