Are you interested in your child attending Sunday School classes among the warm, caring community at First Parish? If so, please fill out this registration form and stop by the church on Sunday morning; ask anyone to point you to Deb Sweet or a Sunday School teacher to turn in your form and get started.
If you are interested in more information about Sunday School at First Parish, you may wish to review the 2018-2019 curriculum descriptions below.
Celebrating Me and My World (Pre-K and Kindergarten)
This curriculum begins by celebrating the wondrous qualities of the children themselves and then expands to include the world around them. This class provides opportunities for the children “to grow in their sense of trust and caring and to develop their self-identity and their sense of connectedness with all life.”
Creating Home (Grade One and Grade Two)
This program helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. Together with your group you will ask questions about the purpose of having a home and the functions a home serves, for us as humans and for other animals. The program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles each of us play in the homes where we live. The program introduces the concept of a “faith home”—your congregation—which shares some characteristics with a family home. Like a family home, a faith home offers its members certain joys, protections, and responsibilities. Learn more about the Creating Home program here.
Faithful Journeys (Grade Three and Grade Four)
In “Faithful Journeys,” participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action.
Through sessions structured around the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Faithful Journeys demonstrates that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals can affirm with many kinds of action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs. Learn more about the Faithful Journeys program here.
Riddle, Mystery and More (Grades Five, Six and Seven)
The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist sixth our junior youth in their own search for understanding. Each session introduces and processes a Big Question: Does God exist? What happens when you die? Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me? This curriculum will anchor a year of discovery and social action work for our middle school youth. Learn more about the Riddle, Mystery and More program here.
Coming of Age (Grade Eight and Grade Nine)
Coming of Age at First Parish is a program of study and investigation designed to help in the transition from the church school into the adult church community. During this first year the youth will have the opportunity to bond as a group and explore together what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. During year two each participant will choose a mentor to help as they formulate their personal credo statements.