Welcome to Religious Exploration
We offer opportunities for all ages, from birth to death, to experience, question, learn, grow and explore life’s big questions and mysteries. We are a family-friendly and welcoming church. We strive to keep the church a safe and enjoyable place for all generations! At First Universalist Church in Rockland, we welcome all families regardless of configuration. We want your children to love church and to feel excited to come explore their innate spirituality in a safe, open and friendly environment. We offer a wide-range of faith development opportunities throughout the year for all ages. Explore the selections, and check it out!
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If you would like to complete a paper copy instead, please let Carney Doucette know by calling the church office or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in Growing Faith,
Carney M. Doucette, Director of Religious Exploration
Children & Youth RE
A Typical Sunday Morning at UUR
Sunday services start at 10 a.m. with the entire congregation, including the children, joining together in the sanctuary to sing our song of welcoming, say our words of affirmation, light the chalice and enjoy a “time for all ages.” During this time children are welcome to come to the front of the sanctuary for a short story. After the Time for All Ages, the congregation “sings the children out” to their Religious Exploration programs. Parents are welcome to attend these classes until their children are comfortable on their own. After the service, parents pick up their children promptly and join us downstairs in the Griffith Room for Coffee &
Hospitality Hour. Many families enjoy staying later to talk while their children play inside or out in our backyard space. We have bins of board games and outside toys. Family friendly events are scheduled throughout the year. All parents and caregivers are asked to support our RE ministry with their time.
Babies & Toddlers
For Children Under Age 6
Collins Room East
We use a modified Spirit Play approach for our youngest children. They are invited to join in circle time, which includes lighting the flannel chalice and hearing a short Spirit Play story. Children can then play or do an activity with choices from several activity centers or with toys from our shelves. Children can come and go with parents as needed.
Ages 6-8 years
Collins Room West
We offer a story-based program using Spirit Play format on different themes throughout the year. Circle time includes greeting each other by name, lighting the chalice (using a real candle), reciting our affirmation and Gandhi Peace Prayer, and sharing Joys & Sorrows. We then focus on a Spirit Play story. RE guides and friends share a special activity related to the theme, and then children can explore with play at activity centers. In Fall 2017, this group will participate in Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for K-2. Parents and children will attend an orientation and then the children will participate in the 8-sessions offered by our facilitators.
Ages 9-11+ years
Ages 11-13 years
This group will enter the world of Harry Potter to learn about social action. Also, there will be an overnight pre-teen gathering in Belfast for 9-13 year olds in Fall 2017 with other UU kids.
This group will be tackling issues about money, race and death and learn more about being a UU using the Lodestone program. This program is filled with fun, interactive activities and offers deep teachable moments, so that middle schoolers are attracted like iron to a magnet and want to come on Sunday morning!
Coming of Age
Grades 7 & 8
High School Age
Starting later this Fall, youth participating in this program will be connected to mentors (caring adults in our UU community) to develop a deeper relationship with an adult. They will have 4 overnights over the school year. The culminating event will be presenting their “credos” to the congregation in a worship service.
High-school youth will meet monthly. Wrapped into fun adventures will be explorations of leadership, identity formation, caring for self/caring for others, and spiritual care. Youth will continue to develop multigenerational relationships. They will be encouraged to participate and help in aspects of Sunday worship and RE.
This program begins in the Fall of 2017. OWL is: Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities.