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 are asked to 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. Family and friends events are scheduled throughout the year.
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. We ask that parents take turns helping to assist with this group.
Ages 6-8 years
Collins Room West
We use a Spirit Play format focusing on stories related to our UU principles and sources. Children participate in a circle time, which includes greetings, chalice lighting, joys & sorrows, and a story. An activity related to the story is usually offered. Children can also choose an activity or game to play.
Ages 9-11+ years
This group uses the Tapestry of Faith curriculum, Building Bridges. This world religions program deepens understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which we live. It seeks to broaden knowledge of humanity and embolden spiritual search. There will be some field trips during the year.
Coming of Age
Ages 11-14 years
Ages 12+ years
OWL - Our Whole Lives
The next Coming of Age program will begin in the Fall of 2017. Coming of Age is a journey of discovery about self and the world with UU mentors from our congregation. The program culminates with a special worship service to acknowledge this rite of passage into adolescence.
Youth are invited to learn and grow through service. Our youth participate in the life of our congregation in many ways: volunteering in Sunday Morning Religious Exploration programs, singing in the choir, helping at RE events, providing childcare, ushering or serving on a committee. We encourage our youth to participate in leadership development programs through scholarships to attend such programs as: Summer Leadership Schools, Ferry Beach Conference Center, and the College of Social Justice. UUR also participates in a 5-congregation collaboration to offer social justice trips, locally and abroad.
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.