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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 March 4th

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration March 4th

Please Note: Due to the interest voiced by some of the children and parents of RE, this week at First Parish we will be having an intergenerational service so that our families with children are able to stay in the sanctuary and enjoy the music of our guests, Southern Rail! Any children who wish to take part in another activity outside of sanctuary may be dropped off in the first floor SED classroom before the service starts. Everyone have a wonderful week and we’ll see you Sunday! Nursery care: Our littlest UUs will have their class as...

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Religious Exploration February 25th

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  Please Note: RE is in need of adult volunteers! Our RE classes are a great time of learning and growth for the children of First Parish, and our children benefit greatly from the amazing support and instruction provided by our volunteers. If you are available either to lead or assist in Nursery or Spirit Play, please contact the DRE: *protected email* Spirit Play: TBA Explorers: The ancient Greek’s held a belief that there are eight distinct types of love. During this Sunday’s exploration, we will be talking about the concept of...

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Religious Exploration February 2018

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration February 2018

The Season of love is upon us, and with it comes another shift in focus for the children and youth of First Parish. As the exploration of self and world continues, this month’s theme will allow us to discuss ways in which we might each spread loving kindness out into the world. While our younger UU’s continue on their journey through story and play, our older members in the Explorers class will be discussing what love means to them, and the ways in which they might express it each and every day. We will talk about how things like...

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Religious Exploration February 4th

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Spirit Play: This week in spirit play the children will hear the story of “Grand Dad’s Prayer for the Earth”, a story about prayer and nature.  Afterwards, we will learn how to meditate and pray for ourselves. The class will be held in the commons upstairs. Explorers:  Moving into our February theme of “Love” our last weekend of Harry Potter will feature popcorn theology – During this Sunday our explorers will be watching select clips from the Harry Potter films and discussing the different types of love, as well as how...

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Religious Exploration January 28th

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Spirit Play: This Week in Spirit Play the children will listen to the story of the lazy bear, which is a story about making and keeping promises.  Afterwards, we will discuss important promises that we make and do a special promise craft activity. Explorers:  This week our Explorers will continue their discussion and activities around social inequality, and social justice in action! Ask them about their water well project! As a fun activity based in our Harry Potter theme of the month, we will also be hosting a very special game of...

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Religious Exploration January 21st

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    Spirit Play: This Week in Spirit Play the children will be hearing the story of The Stone Cutter, which is a story about greed.  After hearing the story they will have a discussion about it and make rock pets as an activity. Explorers:  Grab your popcorn! This week’s popcorn theology all about the plight of the house-elves and social inequality! Our Explorers will get a chance to discuss the living and working conditions of J.K. Rowling’s creatures of servitude while applying those thoughts to the world around us. Nursery...

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Coming Up in Religious Exploration

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

Coming Up in RE: January is Social Justice Month! Our exploration of themes and concepts will continue into the new year with a visit to Hogwarts, thanks to our children’s suggestions of looking at a unit on Harry Potter (and social justice and action!) The children have been sorted into their respective houses,  along with some of the parents, and will earn or lose house points all month long leading up to their special “end of year feast:”. Parents take note! They can earn and lose points at home as well for being...

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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

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Coming Up in Religious Exploration

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

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Exploration November 26th, 2017

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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