Curriculum for Children and Youth
Sunday Morning Religious Education Programs
Our religious education programming offers age appropriate lessons about:
- Unitarian Universalist history tradition and identity
- Christian, Jewish, World Faith, and Earth Centered Spirituality tradition and ritual
- Social justice education and action
Follen Church Religious Education Class Curriculum by grade 2015-2016
Grades Pre-K through Grade 1 children are learning through their experiences. In the words of James Fowler at this age, “Faith is caught” by watching, imaginative play and wonder. In this class children are encouraged to learn about their faith community by connection, making friends. There is story, play and sharing in this class. The curriculum is UU Tapestry of Faith, “World of Wonder”. Grades K-1 Calendar
Grades 2 & 3 will share lessons from the Curriculum, “Spirit of Adventure” written by Kate Tweedie Erslev- “I challenged myself to write a curriculum that teaches UU Identity…with different kind of active learning”. One way that we honor our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Values in teaching them to our children in ways that help them to understand and appreciate how these define our faith and guide them in their faith journey. Grades 2&3 Calendar
Grades 4 & 5 will share in lessons from the Curriculum “Jesus and His Kingdom of Equals” written by Cheryl Gibbs Binkley & Jane Mitchell McKeel: “By teaching students about what we really do and do not know about Jesus the person, we can create a safe space where they can decide which metaphors, stories, and interpretations are worthy of consideration and inclusion within their own belief system.”As Unitarian Universalists we honor our roots in Jewish and Christian theology. Grades 4&5 Calendar
Grade 6 youth are experiencing great growth and change in their lives. The youth will share lessons from the Curriculum, “Popcorn Theology”, by Michelle Richards. The youth view clips of films and discuss issues that may be relevant to them and their lives. They consider how Unitarian Universalist principles and values may inform the choices that they make in relation to these life issues. Grade 6 Calendar
Grades 7 & 8 youth will be participating in the Neighboring Faiths Program this year. The class meets at Follen on alternating Sunday mornings to learn about various faith traditions, visits to the different houses of faith happen throughout the program. Grades 7&8 Calendar
Additional Religious Education Programs for Children & Youth
Special Program Sundays
On several Sundays each year the Religious Education program offers a special Sunday event, usually on holiday or vacations weekends when our program attendance is lower. The children and youth gather in a multi-age group to participate in programming designed with a social justice message. The RE Action Team has engaged several area professionals to share their gifts and talents with the children and youth on several of these Sundays. Look for up-to-date information regarding these special Sundays in the Follen newsletter, and in the Follen Friday Updates congregational email.
Grade 8 – Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Our Whole Lives is based on the philosophy of comprehensive sexuality education, helping participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, comprehensive sexuality education provides not only the facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality. This year youth from First Parish UU of Lexington will join us here at Follen for this program. OWL class meetings are Monday evenings from September through May. A parent-provided class supper is an integral part of each Monday meeting.
Grade 10- Coming of Age
The Coming of Age program is one of inquiry, challenge, service and worship. Faith ultimately becomes hands on. We invite our youth to consider where they are on their individual faith journey, to pause at this time in their lives and reflect upon their beliefs. Each youth requests an adult member of the Follen community to serve as a Mentor. Coming of Age youth, mentors and class facilitators meet twice monthly to pose questions and to challenge, question and discuss these questions with one another. Mentors and Mentees may meet outside of the classroom with the permission of their parents/guardians. The culmination of this program is the writing and sharing of a statement of faith, a Credo. The youth have the opportunity to share their Credo statements during a Sunday morning worship in April.