Welcome to Religious Education at First Church where we provide tools to help us
- grow spiritually
- build stronger families and relationships
- make friends
- create the world we dream about
Children and Youth
Our children learn through stories, art, music, conversation and the hands-on doing of new skills and have fun all the while. Our volunteer teachers bring their wealth of knowledge and caring hearts to get to know each child. We love to watch children grow and love to guide them with questions and find ways to explore answers. Spiritual development here is a broad, open landscape but made personal by our relationships with each other.
Youth are involved in reflections and discussions, using art, media, technology and other creative means to work through ethical and moral struggles, learn about the diversity in our world, and explore big questions, like what is my life’s meaning? Do I believe in God? What happens after death?
All children and youth begin the hour in the sanctuary with their families, leaving after the ministers share “The Big idea”. Then they are in classes with their age group. At 9:30 we offer 2 classes: Pre-Kinder to 1st AND 2nd to 5th. At 9:30 we have 7 classes that range from Pre-K to High school. Our older kids, middle school and up often meet until 1 p.m. meeting up with their parents in Channing Hall. Our younger children Pre-K to 5th are picked up by parents in the Fireside room after the service. Click here for more information.
Anyone in their 20’s and 30’s is invited to join other young adults for a variety of different programs that focus on faith formation, social justice and fellowship. Contact YoungAdultCoordinators@firstuu.org for more information or see our Enrichment Brochure for information about regularly scheduled get-togethers. Join us for lunch on the first and third Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m (after the second service). We gather in the front courtyard before going for lunch at a local restaurant.
Growth Groups make up the core faith formation program for adults. Growth Groups are small groups designed to provide First Church members and friends with a setting to get to know each other while discussing the week’s sermon and how the subject matter affects our daily lives and spiritual growth. The groups meet weekly for 6-8 weeks then begin again a week or so later. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for the next start date or find sign-up sheets in Channing Hall on Sunday mornings.
Parents are encouraged to become involved in the activities of the Children and Youth Religious Education Program not only to support their children but to develop ties with other families. We also offer a monthly Parents’ Night Out on the 2nd Saturday night of the month. And we offer a monthly Parents’ Group on the 4th Sunday morning of each month for growth, developing more spiritual parenting and connection to other parents.
We offer a curriculum of age-appropriate sexuality education by trained facilitators to children, teens, and adults. The curriculum, Our Whole Lives, helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture.