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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 September 30th

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration September 30th

Religious Exploration – As many of you know last week we kicked off our Harry Potter UU curriculum and the kids got sorted into their houses! This week we will be brushing up on our UU principles with a very special potions class. For those ‘students’ who have never studied the UU principles not to worry this is an entry-level potions course. Each student is required to complete a full set of UU principle potions and the Professors will be there to help them craft and label their colorful creations. Spirit Play – Once...

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Religious Exploration September 23rd

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration September 23rd

Religious Exploration – This week kicks off a fun year of full of magic and community. The children of the Spirit Play and Explorer classes will be taking part in our annual sorting hat ceremony complete with delicious sorting hat cupcakes! Each ‘student’ will learn which house they will be sorted into, have the whole year to earn and lose house points both at FPS and at home (parents we will explain how this works) and then at the end of the year our children and their families will get to take part in the end of year...

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Religious Exploration September 16th

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration September 16th

Religious Exploration – This week marks the official start of our Religious Exploration year! The children will take part in our opening ice-breakers, play an amazing game of crazy hoops to promote teamwork and getting to know each other, and finally write their yearly covenant for the 2018-2019 RE year. A donut breakfast will be provided and all children in spirit play and explorers will be together in one class.   Nursery: This week the youngest among us will be joined in the Nursery by FPS volunteers.    ...

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Religious Exploration : Welcome Back!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration : Welcome Back!

Religious Exploration – 2018 looks to be an amazing year for all of our children here at First Parish. Join us on September 9th for signups in preparation for an exciting and explorative curriculum! September 16th will mark our icebreaker day where all of our children will get a chance to get acquainted, where we will say hello to those among us who are new, and where we will welcome everyone else back. As always our year will be filled with art, cinema, activities, social activism, and self-realization! On the docket for the upcoming...

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Religious Exploration May 20th

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration May 20th

  Religious Exploration – Since Mother’s Day fell on Last Sunday’s class, the children took part in different activities than listed. This week they will return to their regularly scheduled class. Reflection is an important process for self-discovery and learning. This year our Explorers have discussed and taken part in many activities that surround a wide variety of themes. This Sunday will be a time where they will take a moment to reflect, journal, and discuss all we have talked about this year. They will also be taking...

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Religious Exploration May 13th

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration May 13th

  Religious Exploration – Reflection is an important process for self-discovery and learning. This year our Explorers have discussed and taken part in many activities that surround a wide variety of themes. This Sunday will be a time where they will take a moment to reflect, journal, and discuss all we have talked about this year. They will also be taking the time to finish up the previous three week craft of planting, re-potting, and growing their own seedlings for transplant, as a part of our understanding for the interdependent web...

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Religious Exploration & Youth Sunday

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration & Youth Sunday

  Religious Exploration – This Sunday is Youth Sunday at First Parish. All normal RE classes will be suspended and the children will be invited to attend in the sanctuary during this intergenerational service led by Lucy Manlick and Bailey Prince. At the end of the service they will be receiving a special gift for their hard work and participation throughout the year.   Please Email the DRE @ *protected email* if you would like your child’s name to appear a certain way on their awards-    ...

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Religious Exploration – April 29th

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration – April 29th

  Religious Exploration – Due to Music Sunday last weekend, the lesson for the week was moved to this Sunday the 29th! Explorers this week will be continuing our lesson from last week’s humble beginnings. We are taking the time to explore the cell and the seed, some of the tiniest origins of life, and this week’s leg of the journey takes us deep into the seas that cover the earth and some of its inhabitants. Our focus this month is the first and seventh UU principles, with a special emphasis on the interdependent web and our...

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Religious Exploration – April 22nd

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration – April 22nd

  Religious Exploration – Important Note: Parents please note this Sunday, music Sunday, the children of RE will not be beginning their morning in the sanctuary. Spirit Play children will be upstairs in the commons and nursery and explorers will be downstairs in SED/Brackett room. Explorers this week will be continuing our lesson from last week’s humble beginnings. We are taking the time to explore the cell and the seed, some of the tiniest origins of life, and this week’s leg of the journey takes us deep into the seas that...

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Religious Exploration – April 9th

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration – April 9th

  Religious Exploration – April 9th –  April at First Parish brings with it a new month of education and exploration for our children and youth! This month’s theme is that of humility, and this week’s lesson is all about humble origins. From the tiny seed to the human cell, all things begin as a sort of “seed of life” or sacred geometry. This is considered the stage that comes before the flower of life, which produces the fruit of life, thought to be the blueprint of the universe containing every atom and...

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