Sunday School at FPNUU is an important part of any young person's church experience. Our Sunday programs provide children an opportunity to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and world religions, as well as build community and develop skills they need to consider the big questions in life.
Religious education at First Parish rotates through three themes, World Religions, Judeo Christian, and Unitarian Universalism. The 2017-2018 RE program will focus on UU principles and sources, with emphasis on embracing diversity and social action. Children will have opportunities to consider their own thoughts and ideas, while working in the context of a larger community that is grounded in love, respect, wonder, and hope.
Our multi-age elementary class will be using the Tapestry of Faith curriculum. Children will engage in hands-on projects, activities, and discussions as they explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. We will begin our journey by considering each of our six sources and how they guide us as we develop our own beliefs and values. This class will then build upon the knowledge of the six sources with an exploration of our seven Unitarian Universalist principles and rich history.
Our children in grades 5-6 will be working on The Questing Year curriculum. Specific lessons, projects, and activities will focus on what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, social action, self-reflection, and community building. The Questing Year is all about pondering big questions in a nurturing environment where kids feel valued, safe, and supported. The work is engaging and fun, keeping minds and hands very busy!
Our middle-school age children alternate each year between Our Whole Lives (OWL) and Neighboring Faiths / Coming of Age, which is this year’s focus. Neighboring Faiths is grounded in true experiential learning as children ask questions about a religion, gain foundational knowledge, and then spend time interviewing people of that faith and actually visiting a faith service of that religion. This year’s visits will include Islam, Baptist, and Judaism, along with several others to be determined by child interest. The Coming of Age component of the curriculum allows for stronger community building among these adolescents, providing a safe space for everyone. This curriculum is also the foundation for each child’s culminating project of a personal credo, which is a self-reflection piece created using whatever methods and mediums the child chooses.
A nursery is available each week for babies and toddlers and is located downstairs near our other classrooms. There is no charge for this service.