Here at First Parish we offer age appropriate religious education for all our children and youth. As you enter the building, our Nursery, Playroom, and Sunday School wing is to the right and down the hall past the staff offices, and Jr. Youth meets upstairs in the loft (stairs directly to the right as you enter).
Our Nursery and Playroom attendants are in their rooms at 9:50 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 rooms after the Time for All Ages story. Sunday School and Jr. Youth end at 11:15, a teacher will bring all children to coffee hour and release them to a Parent/Guardian.
Here is what you can expect this year:
Sunday School will be focusing this year on “How we live our faith”. Lesson plans will combine the spiritual theme of the month along with our Seven Principles. Through stories, games, art projects, and music, our Sunday School kids will have fun, learning active and intentional ways to live their faith.
Junior Youth will spend the first half of the year working with a program calledRiddle and Mystery- a curriculum designed to help youth in their search for understanding life’s Big Questions. The second half of the year will be spent working with the program Amazing Grace - a curriculum designed to help youth depend on their Unitarian Universalist identity to understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. Both curriculums use games, art, music, group discussion, journaling and improve acting to deepen participants understanding of our faith.
Senior Youth RE classes will begin in October. This year the focus will be on exploring the Worlds Religions to deepen participates understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. This program provides youth a unique opportunity to engage the world's diversity of faiths in a safe, affirming atmosphere that is grounded in Unitarian Universalist faith.
Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for 7-9th Graders A comprehensive sexuality education course for 7-9 graders. Open to both church members and the larger youth community. Our Whole Lives dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. The mandatory parent orientation will take place Sept. 8th at 11:30 a.m. and classes are every other Sunday beginning Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. after service.
For more information on any of our Religious Education Programs or Childcare please contact April Rosario - Director of Religious Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
First Parish Church in Taunton P.O. Box 614 76 Church Green Taunton, MA 02780 508.822.2107