Rite 13 (6th & 7th Grade)
Rite-13 guides late elementary and middle school students through a celebration of their “coming of age” and what that means to them and to their faith. This two-year program culminates in a celebratory meal with family and friends and special recognition during worship.
The Rite-13 celebration marks a transition point in the lives of the youth at United Parish. Most of these kids are about to enter high school. They are on the brink of exploring who they are in the world and how to make decisions as an individual. They have spent two years learning about themselves as individuals and understanding their creative potential, while exploring Biblical stories of God and God's people. The Rite-13 Celebration is the community expression of this and serves as a rite of passage from childhood towards adulthood.
Latest Rite 13 (6th-7th Grade) News
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Our Church School is seeking engaging people to help lead our children and youth classes for our 2017-2018 year. Our Church School teachers work together on a teaching team and volunteer 1 hour of their time 2 Sundays a month. If you are interested in becoming a teacher or want to learn more about teaching, please contact [email protected]/
Rite 13 guides late elementary and middle school students through a celebration of their “coming of age” and what that means to them and to their faith. This two-year program culminates in a celebratory meal with family and friends and special recognition during worship.
There will be a special dinner on Saturday, May 13, for students, and their families and teachers, where they will receive their own personal "Book of Wisdom" which includes letters and notes and wisdom gathering from their families, friends, and United Parish members.
On Sunday, May 14, the Rite 13 teachers and students will assist in leading worship, and there will be a special blessing of them as they reach this important spirtual point in their lives.
On their Winter Retreat last weekend, our Youth Choir and Carolers began the creative task of staging portions of “March,” their dramatic presentation examining a history of oppression, from biblical and American slavery, to the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements.
As the presentation will center around acts of Godly protest, one of the first tasks the children accomplished was the making of their own protest signs, pictured below. What poignant messages come from the minds of our little ones!
They also practiced, and created their own words for protest songs from the Civil Rights Movement, tying the thread of oppression through the millennia in language we can all understand.
On Sunday, February 12, the children and youth choirs and church schoolers will offer this dramatization in worship @ 11am in the Sanctuary. Come watch and experience their creative understanding of our history, unfolding in scripture, song, and story.
Special thanks to Merle P., David R., and Deb W., without whom none of this would be possible!
Read the Pastor's Blog HERE for a further description of the event.