OUR WHOLE LIVES – 7th – 9th GRADES, Sundays, 9:30am – 12:30pm (Fall 2016)
Our Whole Lives, together with Sexuality and Our Faith, equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. It provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills and understand the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of sexuality. The activities are age appropriate, loaded with information, interactive, relevant and often fun.
On second Saturdays throughout the school year, Central youth will meet with youth from other nearby UCC churches. Some activities from last year included laser tag, movies, pumpkin carving, capture the flag, hiking and bowling. We also participate in service projects such as making sandwiches for the Open Door Community.
The youth are always excited about service days through out the year at Atlanta Community Food Bank, Open Hand, the Open Door Community, and many more. We also spend time making hygiene kits for the migrant farm workers in South Georgia in preparation for our annual mission trip in June. At least twice throughout the year, service projects will be combined with an overnight lock-in at the church where a good game of sardines is just about guaranteed.
The youth take a week long trip every summer somewhere in the United States.The last two summers, they went to the Appalachian South Folklife Center in West Virginia. There they helped a family with some home repairs and painting. Previously, the youth participated in a Civil Rights Tour of the south, and before that they had a mission week in Mobile, AL. In other years they’ve traveled to different parts of the U.S. participating in the mission experiences of DOOR, the Mennonite Mission Network. In June, the middle high youth traveled for a weekend in South Georgia to distribute clothing donations and hygiene kits working with Emory Physician Assistant Program, South Georgia Farmworkers Health Project.