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As a small church, each year we enjoy the flexibility of structuring our Religious Education to meet the specific needs of the children attending. Working creatively with all ages from kindergarten to middle school, and cooperatively with Old Ship Church for high school youth, our students learn about give and take across different ages – and how each person has something to contribute. We have three classrooms upstairs, but the open doors preserve our one-room schoolhouse atmosphere. All children are always supervised.
Nursery Care is provided for our youngest children upstairs in Cushing Hall, in a room adjacent to our large classroom. If you have young children who will be in the Nursery, please arrive early to connect with the caregiver and get your children settled.
Students in kindergarten through grade 7 attend the first part of the formal worship in the sanctuary with their families. The children and the teachers then go upstairs to our big classroom where, after some moments of quiet reflection, they share their own joys and concerns.
Next, they start to explore the religious education curriculum. Last year we launched a curriculum based on Character Education by Heidel and Marion Lyman-Mersereau. We focused on a specific value for each month - Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Love, Forgiveness, Faith and Humor. Our curriculum drew inspiration from stories and literature from a variety of faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam, as well as spiritual teachings from Earth-centered traditions.
This year we will add stories from Todd Outcalt's Common Ground: Lessons & Legends From The World's Great Faiths, and William J. Bennet's The Book of Virtues For Young People. Both books offer a wealth of short stories and fables that will help facilitate our discussions. Helping our neighbors weaves throughout the curriculum and small service projects are a part of each unit.
This year we will continue to explore a value for each month:
September - Commitment
October - Patience
November - Gratitude
December - Unconditional Love
January - Courage
February - Friendship
March - Persistence/Hard Work
April - Openness/Flexibility
May - Simplicity
June - A Look Back/Recommitment
Production of what is always a creative version of The Christmas Story each year and intergenerational food packing for the Hingham Food Pantry are also part of the religious education we offer our youngsters.
Students in Grades 8 and higher have the opportunity to participate in three programs. Issues of Faith is offered at Second Parish. In addition, every other year Our Whole Lives (OWL) or Coming of Age (COA) is offered in cooperation with Old Ship Church in Hingham. The Our Whole Lives program will be offered this year (2017-2018).
Offered from January to May at Second Parish, this program invites teenagers - and their friends - to gather for an hour late Sunday afternoon once a month to explore individual and established beliefs. The intent of these sessions is to develop religious literacy so youngsters can better appreciate the purpose and variety of faith customs in a multicultural world on a personal level.
The Coming of Age Program provides an opportunity for young adults to explore and articulate their own spiritual and religious beliefs through workshops, conversations, lectures, and steady reflection. At the completion of the program, the students present their individual faith statements to both congregations. This program will run in 2018-2019.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a nationally renowned program on human sexuality developed in collaboration by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.
The program presents a comprehensive approach to human sexuality in an age-appropriate manner and is based firmly on the values of respect, responsibility, justice and inclusivity. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
The curriculum helps young people apply these values to their behavior and provides them with information and skills they can use throughout their lives. The OWL program includes a comprehensive parent orientation, and parent permission is required for young people to participate in this class. This program will run in 2017-2018.
OWL classes will be held on Sunday afternoons, and not during the Sunday morning worship services.
Religious Education Registration
In order to help us get to know your kids better and care for them safely, we will ask all families to fill out a Registration Form. You may complete the form and bring it with you, or we will have copies available on Sunday mornings.
Download the Religious Education Registration Form
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