The Open Minds~Helping Hands group has been created for those 7-9th-grade students who are NOT participating in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program this year. This alternate class will give these students a meaningful way to engage with each other, with the congregation, and with our mission statement of Nurturing Spiritual Journeys, Expanding Social Justice.

In this class, students will rotate through several types of activities each week, including:

  • “Spirit Talk” and Breakfast at Ginny’s Cafe in Frenchtown, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For this outing, participants will meet at FUUFHC and Carpool with the chaperones to Ginny’s for breakfast. During breakfast, there will be a reading by an advisor and then discussion questions. (Similar to a summer service or early Sunday service.) Participants will need to bring money for their breakfast or if there is a financial need, the congregation will help with this expense. Please let us know how we can help. There will be 8 breakfasts throughout the year.
  • Attending FUUFHC Intergenerational and regular services, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There will be many intergenerational services throughout the year meant for all ages. We also invite these youth to attend a few regular Sunday services to learn more about what it means to be UU!
  • Field Trip, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This outing will vary each month and will include nature adventures, community service work, and other activities that will open our minds and extend our helping hands. Participants will meet at FUUFHC and carpool with the chaperones from there. There will be 7 field trips throughout the year.
  • Super Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All K – 12th-grade students are welcome to participate in the holiday themed parties and social justice opportunities during these Sundays in Dodd Hall.  permission

In order to participate, students/parents will need to complete and return ONE PERMISSION FORM that will cover all the outings for the year.

calendarSince this program was recently developed in response to the needs of the students who are not participating in OWL, we will need to run this program as a collective.  All parents who would like for their children to participate must volunteer to chaperone a breakfast and/or a field trip throughout the year.  On the calendar, the dates for those events are listed, and there are places to write in your name as either a leader (responsible for planning that session) or an assistant (additional chaperone).  PLEASE CHECK OUT THE OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER IN THE YELLOW BOXES AND ADD YOUR NAME WHERE POSSIBLE. We need everyone’s participation for this new program to be successful and we appreciate your support!Remind 6-12

Both students and parents are encouraged to sign onto the REMIND system to get weekly reminders about the events and activities for the coming Sunday, along with last minute changes and updates to the program.