Welcome to Beacon’s Senior Youth page! I’m so glad you’ve stopped to learn more about what makes this high school youth group a very special place. But don’t take my word for it. 12th Grade parents Andy Roth and Lauren Hartley share why they made the choice to bring their families in to this community.
To register your Senior Youth for our 2019-20 programs, please use this link.
9 through 12 Graders gather weekly on Sunday evenings for Youth Group. Youth Group is a safe, caring community where youth connect with one another within the bounds of our Covenant which reminds us how we can be with one another in caring ways. They build strong friendships with one another and with adults who care about them as they explore who they are, life as we know it and beyond. Youth Group acts together to create a better, more hopeful, more justice‐filled community through activities, worship, games, discussion, sharing and field trips. Summer 2020 is our Youth’s turn to visit our Partner Church in Barot, Transylvania. Please check back for more details as the date draws near.
Youth Group is led by elected youth leaders in partnership with adult advisers. It is held on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM September 2019 through June 2020. Newcomers are always welcome!
Our Youth Group year kicks off with our annual Youth & Family Retreat — a weekend filled with laughter, conversation and community building completely led by our youth leaders and volunteers! Our 2019 Youth & Family Retreat is scheduled for October 4-6, 2019 at Frost Valley YMCA Camp. Please join us and kick off this year tightly connected to other youth and parents by registering for the retreat here. The deadline to register is September 4, 2019. This is the one event during our program year that you cannot miss!
9th Graders mark the rite of passage in life from Junior to Senior Youth in our Coming of Age (CoA) small group which works as a compliment to our Senior Youth Group. During select Sunday evenings, the CoA students start in Senior Youth Group, move on to 60‐minute workshops led by adult advisers and older youth mentors, and then return to the Senior Youth Group to continue building social connections with their peer group. During these 14 workshops, these students explore personal identity, family roots, Unitarian Universalism, spiritual disciplines, dreams & realities for the future, and the meaning of life. A major event during this year is the annual Boston-Area Heritage Trip where we visit historic Unitarian/Universalist sites and engage with youth from Boston-area congregations. This year, our trip is scheduled for December 6-9, 2019. These youth also participate in youth-led service projects, like our Karma Kitchens, that put their faith into action. Coming of Age culminates in the Coming of Age Worship Services where each student shares their personal belief statements with the larger congregation. Those services will be held on May 17, 2020 during the 9:30 and 11 AM services.