Children's Religious Education
In the Sanctuary
Children and youth participate in congregational worship in the
Sanctuary for the first part of the service every Sunday morning.
Children experience being in community with the larger church through
opening words, the opening hymn, sharing the covenant and children's
time. Multigenerational services are held once a month in which children
stay in the Sanctuary for the entire service. Children under 3 are cared
for in the Nursery during the worship service.
Spiritual Developement Programs
Religious Education is offered for children in pre-school (age 3.5)
through grade 8. The
Religious Education program at FCU is a co-operative model where
education classes taught by volunteers from our church community. It's
foundation is the commitment and efforts of the adults who teach and
assist. The quality of the programming offered to the youth of this
church is directly dependent on the commitment and participation of the
adult members of our church. Please view our brochure on Faith Development
for Children at First Church Unitarian
If you are new to FCU and would like to register your child in
the religious education programming, arrive at
and ask the users/greeters to introduce you to
of Religious Education or a member of the Religous Education Committee
who will orient you to our programs. Additionally we have a registration
you will be asked to complete.
Classes by Age Group
Birth - Pre-Schoolers: Chalice Kids
This group will enjoy stories, arts and crafts, and fun playtime with
Caregivers in our Nursery with themes of Peace, kindness and connection.
K - 2nd Graders: Wonderful Welcome
In this program, children identify intangible gifts central to Unitarian
Universalism such as friendship, hospitality and fairness, and share
these gifts with others.
3rd - 5th Graders: Love Connects Us
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live
our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit,
we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large.
We encourage one another's search for truth and meaning. We strive to be
active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.
6th-8th Graders: Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justicemaker
Youth are encouraged to view themselves as agents of change in the world
as they develop qualities crucial to justice work. They reflect on their
own lives while making connections to the lives lived by others,
building self-awareness while growing as leaders. Includes a
Justicemakers Guide to help youth track their activities outside the
workshop and a long-term Faith in Action project to lead youth,
step-by-step, in becoming allies to marginalized communities.
7th and 8th Graders: Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Participants learn to make informed and responsible decisions about
their sexual health and behavior. OWL equips participants with accurate,
age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development,
relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and
society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole
Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but
also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal
skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of
9th Graders: Coming of Age
Coming of Age Ceremonies (COA), marking the transition from childhood to
young adult, are as old as history. They have included ritual
abductions, vision quests, and bar and bat mitzvahs, all to help youth
learn about themselves and prepare for adulthood. Participants explore
theology, spirituality and history through discussion, drama, music,
writing and art. Youth learn how to define their beliefs and put their
faith into action. The program involves; pairing youth with adult
mentors; discussions and retreats that emphasize self-awareness and
confidence-building; service to the church and community; and a
culminating affirmation ceremony.
All Ages: Chapel Sundays
Once a month, a multi-age program for children in grades pre-K- eight
will take place. The multi-age program will consist of Chapel, social
action activities, seasonal celebrations, and other special events.
Special Events for Children
One Sunday a month at 10am, all of the children (except Spirit Play)
join in a cooperative celebration. These include:
- Wampanoag Thanksgiving
- Chinese New Year
- Mardi Gras
- Earth Day