Youth Programming

Our vibrant program for middle school and high school students is based on the four F’s of youth ministry – Food, Friends, Fun and Faith (yes, pretty much in that order).

While some of the youth attending groups have grown up at First Universalist, others have opted to join in to be with or make new friends, participate in social justice activities, go on trips to places as varied as Transylvania and Boston, MA, and enjoy developing their own ideas and beliefs about the world. Youth Groups are service and social-justice based, while also providing multiple opportunities for faith development, comprehensive human sexuality education, and exploration of our church-wide teaching and preaching themes.

Groups remain open throughout the year, and members are encouraged to bring friends. First Universalist welcomes youth of all backgrounds, religious affiliations, ethnicities, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

To register your youth or if you have questions about Youth Ministry, please contact our Program Assistant, Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com.


Our Youth Groups

Junior Youth Group two Sundays per month at 10:30am
Our junior youth group is open to all Middle School students, grades 5-8, and their friends. Our junior youth meet every other Sunday at 10:30am during worship. Opposite Sundays, our junior youth are welcomed to act as ambassadors, participating in and leading our worship services, welcoming and greeting, or assisting with our children's programs.

Highlights for this year include:
  • Team building, fun, and games
  • Spring 2017 pilgrimage (possibly to Boston, MA)
  • Opportunities to transform our community and world through social justice initiatives
  • A safe environment to discuss questions that Middle Schoolers have about friendships, relationships, life transitions, identities, and the mysteries and wonders in our world
  • Faith exploration, including discovering the beliefs and practices of other religions
Senior Youth Group Sundays at 4:00pm

Our senior youth group is open to all High School students, grades 9-12, and their friends. The senior youth and their facilitators meet most Sundays from 4pm-5:30pm in the Gathering Room at First Universalist.

Highlights for this year include:
  • Our Whole Lives comprehensive human sexuality program for Fall 2016
  • Team building, fun, and games
  • Spring or Summer 2017 pilgrimage and mission trip - location will be decided by the senior youth
  • Opportunities to transform our community and world through social justice initiatives
  • Taking leadership positions within the youth program and developing lifelong connections with others in group

Adult Mentoring

Becoming a Youth Group Facilitator

First Universalist is proud to have fun, knowledgable, energentic, and engaging staff and volunteers as facilitators of our youth program. Facilitators often find that working with youth is one of their favorite parts of their church life, that it encourages their own spiritual growth, and that it is just plain fun. If you would like to become a youth group facilitator, please contact us to explore if you might be a good fit for the program and to learn more about the responsibilities and opportunities of being an advisor and mentor at First Universalist.

Guest Presenters

Our youth groups welcome guests to share their knowledge, passions, and skills by leading one or two time sessions with the youth. Last year visitors to our youth groups presented:

  • Journaling as a spiritual practice or helpful, reflective tool
  • LGBTQ issues in a discussion pannel and question-and-answer format
  • Creating and sewing babydolls to give to New Mainer children
  • Learning Romanian and tips for traveling to Transylvania

If you have something you would like to share with our youth, please contact us to discuss your idea.