Nursery Care (ages 0-4)

Our dedicated staff are excited to welcome your newest family members, and are longtime employees skilled at helping your child make their first transitions.  We play with trains, puzzles, and the kitchen, sing to the guitar, eat snack, and enjoy simple crafts.


Theme Explorations for PreK-1st Grade

Spirit Play (preK-1st grade)

Spirit Play is a Montessori-based program that helps children explore questions of the spirit: Where did we come from? What are we doing here? How do we choose to live our lives? What happens when we die?  Spirit Play uses a ritual that includes circle time with music and a weekly spiritual story to explore, and choice time where children decide on the activity that will best help them integrate the lessons of story into their own lives. This year’s spiritual stories are grounded in our Seven Principles. Our congregation helps choose the stories that are important formative spiritual messages and lessons for our children.

 

K-1st grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a spring 2019 program on children’s healthy sexuality exploring self-worth, understanding how a new baby is born, safe boundaries and safe touch, and more.  A caregiver orientation is required on February 24, 2019.  Please email our DRE Mandy Neff for details at mneff@firstparishcambridge.org.

Our Whole Lives Books


Theme Explorations for 2-6th grade

Our main religious education program explores the congregation’s seasonal themes in depth.  We emphasize building a fun, inclusive learning community.

Each Sunday, children share a centering on the theme and try a spiritual practice that matches – such as walking meditation during the theme of Travelers.  Then they hear about the two activity choices of the day and can decide for themselves how they want to explore the theme.  Their options include at least one with movement, and often one with crafts or cooking, so please dress your children for comfort and mess.  Children end their time with a snack and a moment to wonder and reflect together with their leaders on important questions about the theme. Families can read and explore more at home about our themes by subscribing to our weekly newsletter; please contact mcarlson@firstparishcambridge.org.

Making Puppets in RE

4-5th grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a spring 2019 program on pre-teens’ healthy sexuality,  exploring values, the changes of puberty, peer pressure, gender and sexual identity, and more.  A caregiver orientation is required on February 24, 2019.  Please email our DRE Mandy Neff for details at mneff@firstparishcambridge.org.


Junior Youth

Our middle school or homeschool equivalent youth can participate in Lodestone, a program of teambuilding and deeper exploration of Unitarian Universalism and important life topics. Lodestone helps youth bond with peers and prepare for the coming independence of the high school years.

Junior and Senior youth are also encouraged to participate on the Sunday Morning Welcome team, helping to usher and greet newcomers and make our worship run smoothly.

Boys talking in Meetinghouse

Youth Group (high school or home school equivalent)

Our high school Youth Group designs and leads much of its own programming, from fun trips to serious discussions to volunteering and advocacy.  You might catch them teaching Spirit Play, fundraising for the Walk for Hunger, leading worship, or having a check-in with friends.  Participants and parents share that Youth Group can be an important escape valve during a very stressful time in their lives, without academic expectations or social pressures.  Join us for a chance to make deep and lasting friendships, work for justice, and just have a good time!

Contact our new Youth Coordinator Katie Jacobsen for more details at kjacobsen@firstparishcambridge.org.

 

Questions?

Contact mneff@firstparishcambridge.org our Director of Religious Education, Mandy Neff.