Religious Education for Children & Youth

Welcome back to First Parish! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for our All Ages Ingathering Service! All families stay up for the entire service. Our Nursery is open for babies and toddlers.

Sunday School and Chapel start on September 17th.

For children in PreKindergarten through 2nd Grade we offer Sunday School programming based on the Soul Matters themes and curriculum. Our new teacher, Annelie Nygren-Mitchell, brings over fifteen years of experience teaching children to her work with us and is excited to work with our young people. This group starts their morning in the worship service and then departs for class usually after the Time for All Ages.

Children 3rd Grade and up through middle school attend the worship service to experience our rituals, traditions, prayer time, stories, and music. Chapel participants depart the service just prior to the sermon and gather for Chapel for a time of faith development that includes sharing in fellowship and engaging with the theme or topic of the service that day. Chapel is led by our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Lisa Maria Steinberg.

Senior High Youth Group will continue to meet on Sunday evenings at 7:00-9:00. We are still in the planning stage for the Service Trip (to Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation June 2018), so stay tuned for details on a final info session for all interested youth. Along with Katie Camire, our Youth Coordinator, the chaperones on the trip are Ben Soule and Anne Khudari. A final commitment for those going on the trip will be requested of youth this fall. Youth are also encouraged to attend Sunday morning Worship.

Junior High Youth Group (6th-8th grade) will meet four times during the church year for special activities. On a weekly basis, 6th to 8th graders are encouraged to attend Worship, Chapel and/or OWL.

7th and 8th Grade OWL (Our Whole Lives) — Comprehensive Sexuality and Health Program. After the success of last year’s OWL program, which included 7th and 8th graders from First Parish families and families from the greater community, we will be offering OWL again this year for both. Parent Orientation is on October 3rd at 7:00pm, and OWL sessions start on Sunday evening October 15th from 4:00-6:00pm.

If you are new to our community and have not yet enrolled your baby, toddler, child or youth, or you would like to sign up for OWL, please fill out our Family Enrollment Form or contact our Director of Lifespan Religious Education Lisa Maria Steinberg.