Coming of Age Celebration

Our amazing Coming of Age middle schoolers led this service. They shared reflections about their individual beliefs (credos), along with music, stories, and readings. Watch this meaningful UU rite of passage led by Poppy Rees, Dir. of Religious Exploration, Allie Izzard and  Coming of Age kids with Love Activists as their chosen donee for this Sunday.

Order of Service

Preservice:  Beethoven Sonata Op. 49 No. 2 1st & 2nd Movements played by Ethan Spritzer on piano

Prelude: Coming of Age Slideshow compiled by Allie Izzard with music Wildflowers by Tom Petty played by Damon Kardon

Bell: Recognition of Abenaki Land   India Danyow

Welcome & Pathways to Connection: Callie Rees

Call to Worship:  Rejoice Together (excerpt) by Jane Ellen Maudlin read by Mary Harrington

Chalice Lighting: Written by Callie Rees and read by Elyse Singh

Reading: How Many, How Much by Shel Silverstein read by Dimitri Rodrigue

Time for All Ages:  The Knowing Book by Rebecca Kai Dotlich read by Clara Chant

Offering: Today’s offering will be Love Activists introduced by Kaden Hammond. Contributions can be made at

Offering Music: Here Comes the Sun  by George Harrison played by Mary Harrington on trumpet

Milestones & Passages: Rev. Barnaby. Future ones can be shared at

Prayer/Meditation: Rev. Barnaby with meditation photo by Kate Gridley

Credo Introduction: Poppy Rees, Dir. of Religious Exploration & Allie Izzard, Coming of Age Co-leader

Credos: Coming of Age Youth

Kaden Hammond

India Danyow

Callie Rees

Ethan Spritzer

Mary Harrington

Elyse Singh

Music: Never Alone by Gary Burr, Sarah Buxton, and Victoria Shaw sung by Callie Rees accompanied by Poppy Rees on piano

Benediction: Boldly, You Must Hang Your Light (excerpt) by Theresa I. Soto, read by Ethan Spritzer

Postlude:  Celebration Time!

Thanks to Allie Izzard for joining Poppy Rees in leading our Coming of Age group, our incredible COA youth (Ethan Spritzer, Clara Chant, Callie Rees, Kaden Hammond, Elyse Singh, India Danyow, Mary Harrington, and Dimitri Rodrigue), our “Stream Team” Margy Young and Richard Hopkins, and Jordan Young for managing the zoom room.

Thank you for joining us for worship!