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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 Exploration programs this year for children and youth on each Sunday.

Our Nursery: Ages 0-4, are now taking part in their own curriculum! Our littlest UU’s receive loving care from two of our amazing volunteers each week from First Parish, and those age one to four are able to take part in songs, stories, and arts and crafts geared towards building a foundation for Religious Exploration that will continue throughout their time here at First Parish. This caring and nurturing environment is designed to foster love and inclusion from the very beginning of what we hope will be a lifelong exploratory process.

Our preschool aged children ages 4-7 will gather weekly in the Commons for Spirit Play! This group will have programming designed to explore topics  through stories, art, and discussion, such as  cultivating appreciation and understanding of world religions, engaging in social justice activities, celebrating holidays and seasons, and building community.

Our UU Explorers, ages 8-14, will gather each week in the commons to engage in a customized curriculum designed to explore many of the previously mentioned topics, as well as fostering an understanding of our UU principles, and a better awareness of self and of others. This is an amazingly dynamic group, and our aim is to provide an environment in which each child feels comfortable to bring their whole selves each and every time we meet. This year we will be working on our “Free to Be Me” wall, a living collage which is designed to grow and change with the children throughout the year, as a living testament to all they have learned and accomplished here at First Parish. Photos will be posted soon!

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, our Interim Director of Religious Exploration at

Thank you so much to all of our RE volunteers!

 

Religious Exploration December 17th

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Important Notice for all Religious Exploration Classes: This Sunday, December 17th, we will be working on the children’s Nativity Play. This includes costume planning/fitting, and discussing lines/rehearsal. If your children are in the Nativity Play or would like to be (we still have roles to fill) please don’t miss this Sunday! There will be a spirit play and explorers activity for those children who will not be attending the Christmas Eve service/Nativity Play. Nursery care: This week the youngest among us will be joined by our...

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Coming Up in Religious Exploration

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Coming Up in Religious Exploration for December 2017 – This month our groups will be continuing on with their lessons on faith, patience, and trust, leading into a discussion about the idea of hope because after all, the only time we truly see the stars is in the dark. Aside from new themes and continuing to build our “Free to Be Me” wall in our First Parish Commons, we will be gearing up for our Christmas Eve Nativity Play and family service. Any families who have children wishing to participate in the Nativity play should...

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Religious Exploration November 26th, 2017

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Spirit Play: This Week in Spirit Play we will hear the story of the Wampanoag Thanksgiving!  Afterward hearing the story, our Spirit Play class will do another special Thanksgiving craft, and will learn about the importance of giving thanks. -Bailey- UU Explorers: This week in Explorers, our Class will be led by Ms. Pat! Keeping with the theme of faith and trust, and of course our holiday week of Thankgiving, our explorers will talk about the tradition of Thanksgiving and will idea board all of the things they are thankful for this year!...

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Religious Exploration November 19th, 2017

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Spirit Play: This week in Spirit Play, we will be hearing the story of the Woman and the Vinegar Bottle, leading us into Thanksgiving. Afterwards our spirit play class will participate in some special Thanksgiving activities and will learn what this amazing holiday is really all about. -Bailey- UU Explorers: This month’s theme of “Faith” goes hand-in-hand with trust, so this week our Explorers will be taking part in an exercise meant to build trust with each other! Last week we spent time getting to know one another on a...

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Religious Exploration November 12th, 2017

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  Spirit Play: TBA -Bailey- UU Explorers: This week, our Explorers group will be moving full steam ahead into November’s theme of Faith, and as an extension of that, trust. These two concepts work hand in hand, and what better way to demonstrate this than to allow them the opportunity to experience faith and trust building first hand. Through a series of discussions and games we’ll begin to more deeply get to know others around us, and we’ll start to forge the bonds that allow us to trust in one another and to grow...

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Coming Up In Religious Exploration

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As November begins, and Religious Exploration turns to this month’s theme of Faith, our focus shifts forward but we’re not leaving hospitality behind us! Here’s what’s coming up in RE – Youth – Youth Group Hosting Parent’s Night Out; Sign Up in November! The Youth Group has decided to extend an invitation to the families of First Parish. On December 2nd, 2017, First Parish Youth will be hosting a parent’s night out from 4:00pm to 8:30pm. in parish hall. Families are asked to drop children off no later than...

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Religious Exploration October 29th

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  Spirit Play: This week in Spirit Play our group will hear the Sources story, and  will learn about the six UU sources and the importance of each one. Afterwards, we have an activity planned in which the kids will have the chance to pick a source- whichever they think is the most important- and then take part in a coloring activity. Once they’re all finished, as usual, we will do our regular spirit play individual activities. -Bailey- UU Explorers: This week, our Explorers group will be closing out this month’s theme of...

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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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