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|Children & Youth at First Parish|
Religious Education is a Life-Long Process
The Religious Growth and Learning (RG&L) program at First Parish seeks to provide:
Children & Youth Programs
At First Parish we value and promote lifelong spiritual growth and development. To that end, we offer programs for children, youth, and adults, as well as nursery care for infants and toddlers. All of our programs combine the strength and diversity of our multi-generational community with the dedication of our professional teachers to create dynamic courses, workshops, activities, and events for all ages.
At First Parish, we understand that parents are the primary religious educators of their children. We strive to support parents in their roles as religious educators by offering a strong religious education program for children, youth, and adults, and to partner with families to bring them the richest possible UU experience.
We recognize how difficult it can be in our culture of busyness to regularly attend church on Sunday mornings (we are parents, too!), though we encourage families to come as often as possible and to strive for three Sundays out of four. After all, we have only 30–35 hours per year to be together at church — very different from a typical public school setting where children spend approximately 1,000+ hours a year!
Most of our classes are designed to be “stand alone” sessions to accommodate active families, so that if a child/youth misses a week of class, he/she will miss only the content and experience of that one day. Often, First Parish teachers or the DRE will send a weekly email to registered families, so that any missed content can be explored and discussed at home.
As partners in a child’s religious education, the RG&L Committee asks the following of parents:
Loving care for babies and toddlers not yet potty trained is provided by a professional staff caregiver, assisted by a rotating schedule of volunteers.
Classroom Management and Special Needs
First Parish in Lexington is unusual among UU churches, in that we have professional teachers in nearly all of our Sunday morning classes. The Religious Growth and Learning (RG&L) staff are experienced and skilled in classroom management techniques. Classes are designed to be age appropriate, engaging, and fun. The RG&L Committee has developed a behavioral covenant to be completed by each child/youth and his/her parent/guardian that clearly outlines the behavioral expectations of children/youth while at church (available here). The committee has also established behavioral guidelines to follow that are also available on this part of the site (see the document titled: Behavioral Guidelines.) Adults covenant to similar guidelines, so that all in the congregation are respectful of one another and the building.
Registration for the church year ahead happens each September. To register, parents/guardians complete a family registration form (one per family), a volunteer form (one for each adult in the family), a child/youth information form for each child or youth being registered (if one is not already on file), and a behavioral covenant for each child/youth.
Additionally, all families (with preschoolers–12th graders) are asked to pay a $110 registration fee per child at the time of registration, with a $220 family cap. Please contact the DRE if you would like to discuss the registration fee.
To register, visit the RG&L Committee table during coffee hour in the month of September, download and print out the RG&L Registration Forms, or drop by the church office any time during the week.