RE Programs for 2023-24
Welcome to Follen’s Religious Education (RE) program for Children and Youth!
Beginning on September 21, we’ll offer Nursery plus three groups of Religious Education programming on Sunday mornings. Starting at 10:30am, young people will attend the first part of the service (about 10-15 minutes) before being dismissed to their classrooms. We are especially happy to invite our teens to our worship services, or to assist in the RE program with our younger children.
We hope parents and kids will join us for RE First Sundays in our community center or, if weather permits, out on the playground, after services on the first Sunday of each month. This is your chance to meet other RE families, staff, and volunteers; enjoy Hotdogs or other food provided by the FUUY Youth Group (a monthly fundraiser meant to support their annual Service Learning Trip each April) and build your relationship with our community.
This Year’s Sunday RE Program
Nursery – loving care for children up to about 3-4 years of age. These children will often move between the nursery the the “Chalice Kids” program next door
Chalice Kids (PreK-2nd grades) – We’ll introduce the values of Unitarian Universalism through the joyful curriculum “Treasure Hunting.” Youngsters will hear stories, learn rituals, sing, play, and create while the treasures of our faith are celebrated. Treasure Hunting is inspired by the fun and excitement of true treasure hunts, but in this class it’s an understanding and appreciation for ourselves and our world that we search for. The youngest children in this group often travel back and forth between this room and the Nursery.
Middles Class (Grades 3-5) : Our curriculum Moral Tales, is a literature based program that focuses on helping children make moral decisions based on characteristics that represent UU values, such as Justice, Respect, Compassion, Thoughtfulness, Democracy, Kindness, etc. A “Moral Compass” and ritual of recognizing/ tracking Kindness will be the device used to emphasize these characteristics throughout the year, inviting young people to follow their own moral compass, and pay attention to the good they put into the world each day. “
Uppers Class (Grades 6-8): This Unitarian Universalist (UU) identity-building curriculum, Traditions with a Wink, is designed to help Middle Schoolers connect with their UU experience while having fun with their peers. Traditions covered include Principles and Purposes of our faith, Judeo-Christian culture, how UUs create services of celebration, how UUs create community, the place of science and reason in Unitarian Universalism, the UU tradition of good works with service projects, and UU music and hymns.
Follen Unitarian Universalist Youth, or “FUUY” (pronounced like “Phooey”) – The Senior High Youth Group will kick-off on Sunday, September 17 from 6:30-8:30pm. Our teens will connect (or reconnect) and have fun as they determine how their values as Unitarian Universalists fit into the way they live their lives. Plans have been made for a weekend retreat in New Hampshire over Indigenous People’s Day weekend. We are also exploring options for a Social Justice Service Learning trip over spring break in April.
More information to come as our Youth Advisory Committee meets in early September. General information about the FUUY Youth Program can be found HERE.
Coming of Age (COA) Program for 10th Graders – Planning is still in progress. For more information about the COA program, visit the COA Information Page HERE.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for 8-9th Graders – We are now accepting registrations for the Fall start up of the Our Whole Lives class, which take place on Thursdays, from 7-9:00pm beginning on October 12. A mandatory orientation, to be held on Sunday, September 24 at 12:30pm, is required for parents of OWL participants. Please visit our Our Whole Lives information page HERE for general info and updated information about the 2023-24 plans for OWL.
Register your Children Today!
Parents – Be sure to register your children and teens NOW in order to give us time to prepare for their participation in our program! Remember- registration is not a hard and fast commitment for weekly attendance, but rather a show intention to be involved in Follen’s RE community as you feel safe and comfortable having your child participate.
We know the choices families are making right now are not easy. Thank you for continuing to engage in our community, however, you are able to right now. You’re all doing a spectacular job navigating through these challenges. Please know that Follen is here for you and yours!