|Religious Exploration & Faith Development Sunday Mornings|
The RE Sunday morning time offers children the opportunity to explore, learn and grow together in settings that best meet age and developmental needs and in settings where our UU Kids of all ages have the opportunity to explore together across the age spectrum. Throughout the year our program embraces, exudes and explores the Seven Principles and the Sources of our Living Tradition. We affirm and promote these in the covenant we embrace as members of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Our year is divided into three distinctly different styles of programming for preschool age through 6th grade children:
Fall RE Classes
Age appropriate classes supporting our young people’s journey of religious exploration and faith development. Please see below for information about our Sunday Morning Exploration Groups
Winter Art & Spirituality
By leading workshops on their crafts and talents, gifted adult members of our congregation share with our UU Kids how lives are enhanced spiritually through the process of creating. Included are workshops such as art, woodworking, photography, knitting and movement.
Spring Learning Adventures
Unique learning adventures developed here at First Parish provide opportunity for our UU Kids to interact across the age-span in fun and exciting ways . Each spring program culminates in a Sunday morning service led by the Kids.
Sunday Morning Exploration Groups
The journey begins in preschool. Here children explore the inside and outside of our meetinghouse and get to know their teachers, ministers and friends in the congregation. They learn about our flaming chalice, the symbol of Unitarian Universalism, and engage in experiences that help each find their own special place at First Parish.
Note: Grade combinations beyond First Steps are adapted, as class size requires.
The next step is an exploration of the Seven Principles, the cornerstone of our Unitarian Universalist covenant. We use these as a compass to guide us as we strive to live in the world in a just and peaceful way.
As explorers have used the stars to guide them, our UU Kids are inspired by the exceptional lives of Unitarian Universalists past and present, whose courageous spirit and fearless goodwill illuminate a path toward a fairer and more just world.
Our adventurers will make excursions to historical New England sites with a new perspective. From the settlement in Plymouth to Henry Thoreau’s cabin in Concord, they each will find a personal connection through Unitarian Universalism to revolutionaries in our country and in our faith.
The faith exploration expands to a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.