Youth Programs Blog
Sana Saeed, Director of Youth Programs
Donation boxes will be in the Lower Hall starting December 18th. The clothing drive ends Wednesday, January 17th.
Please DO NOT bring children’s clothes, dress clothes, slippers, bathrobes, pajamas or out-of-season clothing. Think about what you would wear camping or hiking (ie comfortable & rugged clothing) Also, we will have about 5 times the number of male guests as female guests, so about 80% of what you bring should be for men or unisex. Large sizes (XL, XXL, and XXXL) are very much in demand, as are hooded sweatshirts and sweat pants.
PLEASE PRE-SORT CLOTHING AND MARK BAGS as much as possible
USED CLOTHING, including:
- Nylon jackets and pants, ponchos, and raincoats in Spring & Fall
- Warm coats in Winter
- Sweat shirts and sweat pants (especially hooded sweatshirts)
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Jeans, khakis and other casual pants (80% for men)
- Waterproof boots, comfortable shoes, and sneakers
- Hats, waterproof gloves, coats
All kinds of carrying cases such as backpacks, tote bags, fanny packs, small suitcases with wheels (used and in good condition). Backpacks are in special demand.
Travel-size toiletries such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, Chapstick, toothpaste, and shaving cream in small sizes, as well as tooth brushes and disposable razors, and tampons (no aftershave or mouthwash containing alcohol).
· New white socks (there can never be too many of these). Please do not bring old socks
· New underwear (again, there can never be too many and be sure to bring 80% of the underwear for men). Please do not bring old underwear.
Sleeping Bags and Blankets
Sleeping bags & blankets (clean and in good condition) note: the CityReach staff will use these on Friday evening. Please take care to pack and label these items so they are easy to separate when you arrive.
Friday, January 5 @ 7:30pm
The night will feature performances from members of our First Church Youth Group (along with alumni and friends). This fantastically talented group will put on a show filled with moving, surprising, provocative and altogether irresistible performances! So come on out and show these wonderful young people how much you appreciate their energy and talent and their support of social action.
The second part of the night will feature The Saplings!*
(*FCB Youth Group Alumni Rowan Wolf’s band!)
Love songs. Hate songs. Unavoidable fate songs. Grooves of the old. Sounds of the new. (With some sounds of the old too, of course!) Horns, there are four; all some sort of brass. Push us from soft to full sound in the flashiest flash. Keyboards and Rhodes, guitar, bass and drums. 4-part R.A.D. vocals for your listening fun. Come hear our pop. Like never before. Traces of rock, ska, jazz, maybe more? Come hear the band ’cause we’re coming to you. The tree grows bigger like all saplings do.
Students & Seniors $8 Coffee & Refreshments available.
This month’s featured charity:
Youth Build — www.youthbuild.org
Providing education and real job skills — as well as peer and adult guidance — to low-income youth in order to unleash the positive energy to rebuild their communities and lives nationally and globally.
“You and I
we make the circle
if we choose to.”
- Coming of Age Parent Orientation: Thursday, September 14th at 7:30pm in Parish Hall.
- Youth Group Parent Orientation: Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00pm in Parish Hall.
Register & Fees
If you can’t make it to the parent orientation for either COA or YG, or both, please let me know and we can meet at a separate time, preferably before the programs start.
Calendars for Youth Programs
We the youth group of the First Church in Belmont support this declaration of conscience released by the UUA.
At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.
And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.
As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.
We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.
To the congregation of the First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist:
We the Youth Group are releasing this statement in support of the vote to invest responsibly. We know that our world and our lives will be harmed by global warming. On our service trip we also saw how climate change and mining coal are destroying the environment and communities in West Virginia. It worries us. We and our children will bear the full brunt of climate change. To stop global warming, every individual, every organization, and every government needs to do everything it can to stop burning fossil fuels. As a UU congregation whose values include the preservation of the interdependent web of life, we should be the first and the most willing to do everything we can. So we, the undersigned members of the Youth Group, call upon our congregation to divest from fossil fuels. Please do this. It’s one of the many important things we can do right now. Please don’t let fossil fuel companies use our money to extract and sell fossil fuels. Let’s stand together to put our values into action.
Youth Group Members 2017
Hello everyone! Here’s an updated YG Calendar for the Spring. Please add the dates to your calendars.
Saturday, Feb 4 – Babysitting Fundraiser for Church Auction (youth will be assigned based on who signed up during YG in the last two Sundays)
Sunday, February 5 – Bake Sale fundraisers for both services (Remember to check if you signed up on the signup list emailed a few weeks ago)
– Youth Group Superbowl Party 6pm at Cam’s House (details emailed)
Sunday, February 12 – YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm (mandatory for trip participants)
8am, Sunday, February 19 – 9pm, Sun., Feb. 26 – Service-Learning Trip
Sunday, March 5 – Potluck at YG member’s home
Sunday, March 12 – 12:30pm Service Trip Reflections/Presentation (Parish Hall)
– YAC 6pm, YG 7-9pm
Sunday, March 19 – YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm
Friday, March 24 – YG Dance/Karaoke Party 7pm
Sunday, March 26 – YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm – Plan Youth Service
Sunday, April 2 – YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm – Plan Youth Service
Sunday, April 9 – YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm – Plan Youth Service
Sunday, April 16 No YG (Easter/ School Vacation Week)
Sunday, April 23 – YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm – Plan Youth Service
Saturday, April 29 – Youth Service Rehearsal 4-6pm, Youth & Families Potluck 6-8:30pm
Sunday, April 30 – Youth Service 9am and 11am
Friday, May 5 – YG Bridging & Overnight, YAC 7:30pm, YG 8:30pm
Sunday, May 14 – Attend COA Ceremony 9am or 11am (Mother’s Day)
Saturday, May 20 (11am) – Sunday, May 21 (12pm) – Grade 9 & 10 Retreat (Camp Nihan)
Sunday, May 28 – No YG Memorial Day Weekend
Sunday, June 4 – (Graduation weekend)
Sunday, June 11 – Flower Communion 11am & Picnic
YAC (Youth Advisory Committee)
YG (Youth Group)
COA (Coming of Age)
YG hosted a multi-generational event on West Virginia in partnership with the Adults Program Committee and Social Action Committee. We had a great turn out to hear our three speakers from West Virginia who responded deeply to questions during a panel discussion moderated by Al Hughes, a YG member. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to show the powerpoint that another YG member, Rachel Iler-Keniston put together, but here is the slideshow online! It’s great overview of what we’ll be doing during our service trip. Thanks to everyone who made it out!