Children's Faith Development Ministries
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The First Unitarian Church of Worcester offers a full range of religious education programs on Sundays for children. Each Sunday children attend the beginning of the regular 10:30 a.m. worship with their families. Approximately three Sundays per month, they go with their teachers to their classrooms at 10:45 a.m. Children’s classes run from 10:45-11:45 a.m. (about 15 minutes longer than the adult service). This allows adults to enjoy coffee and fellowship while the children finish
their classes. Students from 6th-7th grades will ring a bell at 11:45 a.m. to signal the end of our children’s classes. We ask that parents pick up their children in person from their classrooms at this time. Nursery is offered from 10:00 a.m. to noon and for some special events and meetings.
Newborn - age 3
Our dedicated team of paid care providers offer children a safe and nurturing environment where they can have fun, play together and learn.
Spirit Play I: Our Promises
Preschool and Kindergarten
Spirit Play I focuses on the Seven UU Principles and our liturgical year through story and work time. Story baskets are filled with tools of exploration.
Spirit Play II: Our Sources
1st and 2nd Grades
Spirit Play II focuses on the Six Unitarian Universalist Sources. It encourages critical thinking, and a sense of spirituality through cooperative independent work time as chosen by the children.
Spirit Play III: Holidays and Holy Days
3rd and 4th Grades
Through exploring the various celebrations and traditions of the world religions, children are introduced to the variety of beliefs, symbols, rituals, and stories as well as our history and values. Each lesson is connected to an aspect of our Unitarian Universalist faith.
Jesus and His Kingdom of Equals
Introduces the historical Jesus based on contemporary biblical research. Drama, simulations, crafts including clay and weaving, songs, social service initiatives, and other creative hands-on activities reinforce values concerning such teachings as respect for all, sharing worldly goods, conflict resolution, and friendship.