We have a vibrant Religious Education program for children from preschool through high school. Our classes meet on Sundays at 9:00-10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. from early September through the end of May. For an idea about the types of curriculum we offer at First Church, please see the descriptions below.
2016-17 Class Groupings and Curriculum
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
|Nursery||0-3 years||0-3 years|
|Early Childhood||K3-K4: Stories for Little UUs||K3-K4: Stories for Little UUs|
|Emerson||K5-2 Grades: Treasure Hunting||K5-2 Grades: Treasure Hunting|
|Brown||3-5 Grades: Love Connects Us||3-4 Grades: Love Connects Us|
|Cyrus||6-8 Grades: UU Traditions||5-7 Grades: UU Traditions|
|Reeb||Sr. High (9-12 grade) Youth Group
|Eighth Grade: “Our Whole Lives”
(OWL) – participation limited
Nursery (9:00 a.m and 11:00a.m.) Our Nursery caregivers provide an atmosphere of loving care and attention for infants and toddlers on Sunday mornings from 8:45a.m-12:15p.m. Our Nursery Coordinators are paid members of the First Church staff, who are supported by weekly volunteers. Parents are asked to sign in their children, and to provide and necessary diapers, bottles, etc. Registration is required after three visits. NOTE: A speaker is available in the church’s parlor for parents who do not want to be separated from their little ones during the service.
Early Childhood: K3-K4 (9:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m.) Stories for Little UUs Simple rituals enhance the building of community, in an early childhood environment where relationships are the goal.. This curriculum centers on the idea that a story is a unique learning tool, and has themes relevant to the youngest of children. Each week, a different story will exemplify one of our UU Principles, with age appropriate discussion, songs, movement and simple crafts, to round out the lesson.
K5-Second Grade (9:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m.) Treasure Hunting Each Sunday the children will explore the meaning behind our UU Principles by making or finding a treasure symbolic of the day’s theme. During the first part of the year, lessons will focus on treasuring their own and others’ thoughts and feelings. During the second half of the year, the focus will turn outward to explore the treasures of our church community, UU History, the World community, and the environment. A fun curriculum, with engaging stories, crafts, activities, and rituals.
Third-Fifth Grade (9:00 a.m.) and Third-Fourth Grade (11:00 a.m.) Love Connects Us celebrates ways in which we, as Unitarian Universalists, live our faith in covenanted community. By exploring the key ideas of what covenant means, children grow in their identity as Unitarian Universalists, explore their connections to one another in “the beloved community”, and discover ways in which they are called to act on our values in our congregations and in the wider world.
Sixth-Seventh Grade (9:00 a.m.) Fifth-Seventh Grade (11:00 a.m.) UU Traditions Students will learn about our Unitarian Universalist traditions of questioning and searching, good works, science, community and loving kindness through enjoyable lessons that keep them enthusiastic about their congregational experiences and help them to forge identities as Unitarian Universalists.
Eighth Grade – Our Whole Lives (OWL) (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) The OWL curriculum presents a comprehensive approach to human sexuality in an age-appropriate manner based firmly on the values of respect, responsibility, justice, and inclusivity. It helps young people apply these values to their behavior and provides them with information and skills they can use throughout life. Parents must attend a mandatory orientation in order for their child to participate in the OWL class (even if prior children have participated) and there will be strict attendance and behavior policies in order to maintain the integrity of the group. OWL is offered only to children of church members. The OWL curriculum was recently updated to include more current topics, such as social media, date rape, and contemporary gender understandings.
Ninth-Twelfth Grade: Young Religious Unitarian Universalists, Senior High Youth Group (AKA YRUU) (9:00 a.m-10:3 0a.m.) YRUU offers a supportive environment in which teens can explore their feelings about themselves, their world and their religion. Some curriculum is used, as determined by the desires of the group. Social action projects, leadership development, and opportunities for worship will round out the program. Occasional conference trips will help the youth form a connection with a network of UU friends from around the local region. There will also be an opportunity for youth age sixteen and over to join our summer Mission Trip program working for Habitat for Humanity.
Find information here about our Black People Matter curriculum planned for January 2017!