If we offer OWL on Sunday morning, what do we do with visitors or with children whose parents chose not to enroll them?
Congregations can offer Our Whole Lives (OWL) for grades 7-9 and grades 10-12 at times other than Sunday mornings, as the session time is longer than the typical Sunday morning worship service. Our Whole Lives for grades K-1 and grades 4-6, however, have shorter sessions and are more commonly offered during regular religious education program time. When they are offered at this time it is essential that congregations offer alternative activities for visiting children and for other children not enrolled in Our Whole Lives. The alternative may be a separate curriculum or arts program, or the individuals involved may be temporarily integrated into a younger class, or in the case of older children or youth, they may be given the opportunity to serve as facilitators’ assistants in a class of younger children.