Here at First Parish we offer age appropriate religious education for all our children and youth.
*No two children are created the same, our goal at First Parish Taunton is to make sure our Religious Education Program reflects this sentiment and is accessible and enjoyable for all. While classes do have age groups, they are more to suggest the developmental stage that activities, games, and group discussions are geared towards. Our Director of Religious Education is happy to work with all families to figure out what class is the best fit for each child.
Our Childcare and Sunday School wing is in the newest part of our building. You will find them down the hall past the bathrooms and the staff offices.
Our Jr. Youth class meets upstairs in The Loft.
Our hired Nursery (0-3) and Playroom (3-5) childcare attendants are in their rooms at 9:45 Sunday mornings and parents are welcome to drop off their children before service. Parents may then pick children up once Sunday School is over.
Sunday School Kids and Jr. Youth typically join in the first 15 minutes of worship and then head off to their classrooms after the Time for All Ages story. At 11:15 a teacher will bring all children to coffee hour and release them to a Parent/Guardian.
And of course, children and youth are also always welcome to stay for worship in their seats with their families or at our kids’ corner in the Commons.
Youth Religious Education (RE) at a Glance
The Nursery is for our youngest children 0-2 years old Purpose - The purpose of the Nursery is to provide excellent child care for the families of First Parish. Goal - The goal is for infants and babies to get their first experiences with being in community through our nursery. For our nursery to be one of the first places they experience love and kindness outside their families.
The Playroom is for our toddlers, preschoolers and kids not quite ready for the structure of Sunday School. Purpose - The purpose of the Playroom is to provide excellent child care as well as begin to build a foundation and introduction to our faith. Goal - The goal is for toddlers, preschoolers and children not quite ready for Sunday School to become familiar with some of the language and rituals connected to our faith, while seeing church as a fun place to be.
Sunday School is our elementary faith exploration program offered on Sunday mornings during the worship service suggested for kids ages 5-10 Purpose - The purpose of Sunday School teach the 7 Principles (and proposed 8th) of Unitarian Universalism, while helping children learn how they can live their faith every day and in all that they do. Goal -The goal of Sunday School is for kids to begin to understand how Unitarian Universalism can and should show up in their everyday lives. It is also a time to begin exploring faith, and talk about life’s big questions. The use of fun activities like science projects, crafts, games, and discussion are used to help kids explore our monthly themes and shared faith.
Jr. Youth is our middle school faith exploration program offered Sunday mornings during the worship service suggested for youth ages 11-14. Purpose - The purpose of Jr. Youth is to help youth begin to articulate their beliefs and ideas about faith, while living them out in their every day lives. Goal - The Goal of our Jr. Youth class is to help youth continue to build on their understand of how they live their faith and explore the big questions of life. The use of fun activities like science projects, crafts, games, and group discussion questions are used to help youth explore and gain a firm grasp of their faith as well as what they believe in and stand for. Youth Group is offered for our teens various nights and weekends through the year. Purpose - The purpose of Youth Group is to build community Goal - The goal of Youth Group is youth empowerment. Our youth meet to have fun and connect with peers and friends, explore their beliefs and values, develop leadership skills, engage in social justice work, volunteer with community outreach programs and service projects, and so much more. All while having fun and building relationships in a safe environment.
First Parish Church in Taunton P.O. Box 614 76 Church Green Taunton, MA 02780 508.822.2107