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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 24th

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Religious Exploration March 24th

Religious Exploration- Last Sunday the children had popcorn theology class to begin exploring, in a contemporary way, the stories found in the Bible. Our study of Catholicism this weeks will be all about the myths and legends of a faith. We will hear about: The Creation myth, Noah’s Ark, Adam & Eve, Joseph’s Coat, David & Goliath, and Jonah in the belly of the fish. The children will see how things like Joseph’s story, or the story of Passover are shared among the religions we’ve learned about and how they tie...

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Religious Exploration for March

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Religious Exploration for March

Religious Exploration- This month our exploration of other religions continues; we are moving forward into our study of Catholicism. Last week we wrapped up Islam and reviewed our time spent on Judaism, this week brings new iconography, cultural practices, and rituals. The Roman Catholic church is the largest in the world with approximately 1.3 billion Catholics baptized worldwide as of 2016; what makes us similar and what sets us apart? This month the children of First Parish will find out! Please Note – Religious Exploration at First...

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Religious Exploration February 24th

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Religious Exploration February 24th

Religious Exploration- In the Islamic culture, the Kaaba is a huge black stone structure that sits at the heart of the Grand Mosque, Islam’s most sacred place of worship. Some of its parts are connected to important episodes in Islamic tradition. The Kaaba is said to have been built by the prophet Abraham and his son Ishamet; this week the children of First Parish will learn about this important piece of Islamic history and make their own replicas of the Kaaba! Please Note – Religious Exploration at First Parish is in need of...

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Religious Exploration February 17th

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Religious Exploration February 17th

Religious Exploration-This week our exploration of the Islamic faith continues! The children will be learning about Arabic, Mecca, Calls to Prayer, and what it means to go on pilgrimage. There will be videos, discussion, and individual creative activities to help them better understand this religion and how it relates to our own UU practices. As a side note Religious Exploration is in need of adult volunteers to help lead our spirit play class on Sundays! If you are interested please feel free to contact me via text or phone call at...

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Metrowest Family Promise Walk 2019

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Metrowest Family Promise Walk 2019

Family & Friends of First Parish it’s time to sign up for the annual walk to end homelessness on April 6 from 8:45am-10:30am at Natick High! Please follow the link if you wish to sign up, volunteer, or donate to the Metrowest Family Promise Walk. https://familypromisemetrowest.salsalabs.org/10thannualwalktoendhomelessness2/t/firstparishofsudbury

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Religious Exploration February 10th

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Religious Exploration February 10th

Religious Exploration- February is here and with it comes a new religion in our Neighboring Faiths curriculum: Islam! This Sunday the children will be introduced to the religion of the Muslims, a monotheistic faith regarded as revealed through Muhammad as the Prophet of Allah. We will be discussing the five pillars and how they might relate to our own 7 principles, as well as begin to look at the culture and rituals of this new to us group! We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE! Spirit Play:...

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Religious Exploration February 3rd

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Religious Exploration February 3rd

Religious Exploration- This week the kids are back in Religious Exploration! Closing out our study of Judaism we will use this Sunday to discuss the tradition of Shabbat, also known as the Jewish Sabbath. The children will finally get an opportunity to learn some Hebrew and taste some of the items they would see on a traditional Shabbat dinner table. Don’t forget next week we begin our study of a brand new religion! We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE! Spirit Play:...

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Religious Exploration September 30th

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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

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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

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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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