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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 Chris at

Thank you so much to all of our RE volunteers!

 

Religious Education April 9th

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This week we will gather all classes together to celebrate the return of spring by making fairy houses! We had so much fun with this last year — we thought about what it would be like to relate to the natural world if we were really REALLY tiny — precisely the size of a fairy! We then used collected natural objects, such as twigs, moss, sea shells, pine cones, and small rocks, to build little habitats and houses for the fairies. What sort of fairies do you think would like our houses? It is interesting to look at the natural world...

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Religious Education April 2nd

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This Sunday all RE classes are invited to hear the First Parish Youth Group lead the worship service in the sanctuary! This year their chosen theme is on Unity and we will hear 4 different perspectives as the youth share their thinking on this important subject. Nursery Care will be provided, as well as a space for older kids who would prefer not to stay for the whole of the youth-led service.

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Religious Education March 26th

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Spirit Play heard the story of the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark last Sunday. It is a story that ends with a Covenant. As the rains ended God spoke a blessing, and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky. “This rainbow,” God said, “is a sign that never again will the world be destroyed by flood; and in times to come when I cloud the sky with rain, afterward you will see a rainbow, and you will remember my promise, a promise made to you and to every living creature in the world.” UU Explorers will continue to explore tools and objects as...

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Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness – Register/donate now for April 8th!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness – Register/donate now for April 8th!

Join our team or donate here. We have a dozen or so walkers already registered from our church and have raised over $1500. Let’s aim for 20 walkers and $2000! Please join the First Parish of Sudbury team for the 8th annual “Walk to End Homelessness” on April 8, 2017, which supports the efforts of Family Promise Metrowest. Registration – 8:00 am – Walk begins at 9:00 am. Natick Community Senior Center (117 East Central Street, Natick). This is a family friendly and dog friendly event and short walk, suitable for...

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Religious Education March 19th

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Spirit Play will learn a Yoruba creation myth. In the story, Obatala, a heavenly being, isn’t content in his heavenly abode, and so he creates a chain of gold on which to descend down to earth and create the world. UU Explorers will look at the value of integrity and use a compass to symbolize integrity. We define as our inner moral compass a quality of Unitarian Universalist faith. We will discuss how we listen to our inner voices and what it feels like when our moral compass swings toward truth. We will emphasize that to discern what is...

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Religious Education March 12th

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Spirit Play heard the true story last week of Owen, a 650 lb hippo from Kenya, and Mzee, a giant male tortoise, 130-years-old, named Mzee, which in the Swahili language means “old man”.  Owen decided that Mzee should be his adopted mother. Now they swim, eat and sleep together all the time. It is a beautiful story about how much we need one another, no matter whether we are different species! UU Explorers are continuing with their “Toolbox of Faith”. This week using a magnifying glass to talk about the need to continue to question...

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Religious Education March 5th

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Last Sunday Spirit Play  heard the story of the Great Kapok tree — a story of speaking truth to power and standing on the side of love as the animals of the rain forest stand up for the Great Kapok tree and prevent it from being chopped down. This Sunday they will look through another lens at our very important 7th principle: the interconnection of all life and the importance of valuing our Earth. UU Explorers will move this Sunday into a new series of lessons called the Toolbox of Faith, which  invites participants to reflect on the...

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Religious Education February 26th

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Last Sunday all RE classes gathered together for a special look at homelessness as we thought about our call to help one another. We learned about what the experience is like to be homeless and the many challenges with lack of money and a house, a shower, clean socks, and access to a bathroom. We used cardboard to build temporary shelters and used those to advertise the Walk to End Homelessness through Family Promise on April 8th. Will you join us in this family friendly event? This Sunday Spirit Play will return to their study of creation...

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Religious Education February 19th

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This Sunday we will gather the Spirit Play and UU Explorers classes together for a special look at homelessness as we think about our call to help one another. We’ll learn about what the experience is like from someone who works with the homeless, and hear about a girl who participates with Unitarian Universalists from across the Central Midwest District in No More Turning Away, a program to raise awareness about homelessness and assist homeless people in their local communities. We’ll brainstorm about things we can do to help and...

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Religious Education February 12th

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration | Comments Off on Religious Education February 12th

Spirit Play learned the wonderful story of the Yin and Yang and the Dwarf P’an Ku last Sunday: Before the beginning of day—before the earth or the sky was formed—there was Tao, the Great Original Cause.  All things came from Tao and on Tao all depend. Tao reached everywhere. Tao was smaller than the smallest and greater than the greatest.  In Tao was the power to change all things. So it came about that Tao brought into being the two great elements, the Yang and the Yin, each the opposite of the other. As the Yin and Yang flowed round...

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