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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!

 

This Week in Religious Exploration

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This Week in Religious Exploration

Nursery care for children ages 0-4: Nursery care is available during worship this weekend! Religious Exploration for children and youth in grades K-8: This Sunday, September 22, our all-ages Religious Exploration class will give students the opportunity to explore the idea of courage.  What does it mean to be courageous?  How can we harness the strength within ourselves to stand up for what we know is right, even when we feel afraid?  We will hear an African folk tale about a person who has to find the courage to overcome a very difficult...

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RE Program Open House this Sunday!

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RE Program Open House this Sunday!

Come learn about our religious exploration programs at First Parish of Sudbury during our Open House this Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9:00 a.m. Religious Exploration at First Parish nurtures the spiritual growth of children and youth from infancy through high school, supporting them as they build a loving community, explore world religions and faith traditions, seek truth and meaning, and work together to make positive change in the world. You will have an opportunity to meet our new Director of Religious Exploration, Jenna Kyes and visit our...

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Religious Exploration June 2nd

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Religious Exploration June 2nd

Religious Exploration-A Lamp in Every Corner- As we approach the end of our 2018-2019 RE year, the children will take this time to reflect on what we have learned. We will also be telling the story of Zora and her family lamp or chalice, taking time to look at our own chalice lighting and delving into what the light of truth and the flame of love really encompass. The miracle of social change will be our penultimate focus this exploration year.

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Religious Exploration May 26th

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Religious Exploration May 26th

Religious Exploration- In today’s world, it’s easy to confuse needs versus wants. This week, the children of First Parish will be creating a planning board in order to be able to tell the difference and will have the opportunity to explore their own short-term and long-term needs and wants. Part of being empowered is being able to stand up for yourself, and in order to do that, you first need to know yourself. This class is all about ‘know thyself’, but frames it in a constructive and philosophical way. Please Note...

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Coming Up In Religious Exploration May 2019!

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Coming Up In Religious Exploration May 2019!

Religious Exploration In May – This month is all about empowering our children! What does it take to make kids feel secure enough in themselves to tackle the world we live in? It starts with knowing themselves; this month we are going to take a look at children who are changing the world, get a firm grasp on who we are as individuals and a group, and figure out what things are important to us as a young community of First Parish. This month’s work will begin to set the stage for our upcoming 2019-2020 year! Please Note –...

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Religious Exploration April 14th & Easter!

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Religious Exploration April 14th & Easter!

Easter Sunday- This year’s Easter Sunday will include bag decorating for the children of First Parish followed by our annual Easter Egg Hunt outside (weather permitting) located behind the church on the playground and in and around the Memorial Garden. The children will have a chance to hunt for over four hundred eggs filled with treats and surprises! Please be aware that some egg will have products containing nuts and other possible allergens to those with food sensitivities so if your children have these sensitivities please check...

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Religious Exploration April

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Religious Exploration April

Religious Exploration- What does it mean to be whole? Each week those that welcome us to First Parish invite us to bring our “whole selves” to our meetinghouse but how many of us understand what it means to be unified with the self, complete, or whole? This month the children of First Parish will be exploring the concept of the “whole self”, discussing what that means and untangling the many pieces that make us unique individuals. All about self-exploration, this month’s goal is to allow each of us to explore...

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Religious Exploration – Finishing Up Neighboring Faiths

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Religious Exploration – Finishing Up Neighboring Faiths

Religious Exploration- This week the children of Religious Exploration at First Parish will be closing out their unit on Catholicism with a look at the rituals known as the seven sacraments: baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, anointing of the sick, confession, holy orders, and matrimony. Our own UU practices have similar and different practices and we will be exploring those as we build our final religion board! Please Note – Religious Exploration at First Parish is in need of adult volunteers to lead and assist in spirit play and...

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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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