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What’s happening this coming Sunday in our Religious Education Program for Children and Youth (through grade 8):

Children’s Religious Education at First Parish of Sudbury

First Parish of Sudbury will be offering wonderful religious education programs this year for children and youth on Sundays.

Our birth to two-year-old Chalice Babies receive loving care from a First Parish adult. They are held, played with, and adored.

Our preschool through grade 6 children will gather weekly in the Commons. This group will have programs that explore topics in world religions, engage in social justice activities, celebrate holidays and seasons, and build community.

Our twelve to fourteen-year-old Breakfast Club participants enjoy tasty snacks as they engage in deeper exploration of what it means to be a compassionate and free-thinking young person in today’s world. The group will help select what themes they will focus on during the year.

On some Sundays, all of our children and youth (through grade 8) meet together for a special social justice activity or holiday celebration.

Volunteer Help needed

There are many ways you can help us in our Religious Exploration program this year! From simple and low commitment to rich and rewarding, there are a wide variety of volunteer options to match your interests and time availability. For more information, contact Michele at

Thank you so much to all of our RE volunteers!

 

Religious Exploration October 22nd

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  Spirit Play: This week in Spirit Play we will hear the Yellow Promise story all about Small Fry, a fish journeying into the unknown.  Afterwards, the children will have a chance to practice being a leader- just like Small Fry was in the story- through a series of games and then individual activities! -Bailey- UU Explorers: Last week, our explorers continued building their free to be me wall, and discussed kindness as an extension of hospitality. Building upon our theme this week, we’ll be discussing the story of the pet sack,...

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Religious Exploration October 15th

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Spirit Play: This week in Spirit Play we will hear the Christian and Jewish story of the good Samaritan to learn about some of our UU principles. Afterwards, the children will be invited to think of times when they were a good neighbor and did nice things for other people, followed by other arts and crafts. -Bailey- UU Explorers: Last week’s Popcorn Theology was a snack-filled success, and this week we will be building on what we learned. We’ve come to realize that kindness is a key element of hospitality, so this week our...

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Religious Exploration October 8th

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Spirit Play: This week in Spirit play we will be listening to the story “I live in the Universe” in order to learn more about science, one of our UU sources.  After listening to the story and discussing it, we will do arts and crafts activities related to science which the kids will be able to bring home. -Bailey- UU Explorers: Grab your popcorn and ‘lets all go to the movies!’ This week, we’ll be completing our very first popcorn theology unit on the fragile art of hospitality! We’ll be watching some clips...

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Religious Exploration October 1st

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Spirit Play: This week in Spirit play we will learn the story of Kalapana, a renewal story about the goddess Pele and the Kilauea Volcano that also ties in aspects of creation story ideas.  After hearing the story and discussing its importance the children will be able to do arts and crafts activities around Hawaiian flowers or volcanoes involved in the story. -Bailey- UU Explorers: “What would it mean to receive someone – a stranger – with a presence that was not just polite, but to receive them with revolutionary...

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Religious Exploration September 24th

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Spirit Play: This week in Spirit Play we will read the story of The Earth on the Turtle’s Back, a Native American creation story.  The story will be a good introduction to the year as it is a creation story the kids haven’t heard before, and it touches upon some values that UU’s hold.  After reading the story the children will have a chance to play games and explain how they believe the earth was created and why. -Bailey UU Explorers: This Sunday, we will be exploring the empowerment of inner beauty.  Explorers will begin...

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Religious Exploration June 11th

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This Sunday all the Religious Education classes will stay in the sanctuary and join the end-of-year intergenerational celebration with our annual flower communion. We’ll also be honoring our graduating seniors in the “bridging” ceremony, and thanking them and the other youth RE guides for their dedication and commitment in teaching Religious Exploration this year. Religious Education will start back up September 10th. Have a wonderful summer! Please bring your own flowers, one stem for each person in the family, for the...

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Religious Exploration June 4th

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This Sunday is our final gathering in Religious Exploration class for the year, as next Sunday on June 11th we will stay in the sanctuary and join in the multi-generational flower communion and celebration Sunday. Thus, this Sunday we will have an all-RE gathering to reflect on and close out the year together, and to celebrate and appreciate our community of seekers and learners together. Nursery Care will be provided.

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Religious Exploration May 28th

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This coming Sunday, May 28, Alorie had planned to be part of a Quaker-style worship. By now many may have received news that Alorie tragically passed away Tuesday night, succumbing to injuries from a car accident last Friday.We encourage members and friends to join in for this service, to be here to support, remember and love one another in Alorie’s memory. Children may have questions and we expect that they will be aware that something has happened as so many in our congregation will be experiencing grief and shock this Sunday. Therefore,...

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Religious Education May 21st

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This Sunday is our Rites of Passage Sunday! We will honor the growth and commitment that every child in our religious exploration program has made this year with a gift of gratitude and recognition for their participation. We’ll also be celebrating the accomplishments of two cohorts within the grade school program as they cross thresholds that mark unique stages of growth in our children’s journeys, through our First Chalice and new Chrysalis Passage rituals. As we recognize these points of transition in the growth of their moral and...

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Religious Education May 14th

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Spirit Play will hear the story of Maria Mitchell, a nineteenth century Unitarian who became the first American woman to work as a professional astronomer. She received a gold medal from the King of Denmark for discovering a comet. They will wonder about the great things that women do and what the stars may have to teach them, too, on Mother’s Day. UU Explorers will explore the significance of gratitude, learn a gratitude meditation, and then put that energy towards our mothers on this special day. Breakfast Club will meet in the...

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