First Parish of Cohasset Religious Education Program

Mission Statement:

Our vision is to provide our children with a comfortable
environment to explore their spirituality, to wonder at the diversity and interconnectedness of all living things, to be inspired to act to solve real world problems, and to connect with others who are also on a spiritual journey.

We teach a 3-year rotation that covers, in turn, world religions, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and UU identity—this year’s focus is Judeo-Christian traditions. Our goal for the 2017-2018 year is to build on our UU Identity and compare our beliefs to other religions, acknowledge the differences and also appreciate when there are some things we have in common such as the “Golden Rule.”

RE is scheduled for 10:00-11:00am Sunday mornings during the church year.

Programs:

Nursery/Preschool:

Childcare providers offer an environment that encourages discovery and provides a positive first experience within our church community.  Childcare is provided during the 10:00 a.m. service and is located on the first floor of Trueblood Hall.

PreK-2nd Grade:

Superheroes/Bible People (we will also be working on Social Justice/Faith in Action projects)
Our children learn about some of the strong people who acted with courage and wisdom from Biblical and Unitarian Universalist traditions and how they made the world a better place. They are engaged to use their own positive superpowers! They learn about Christian stories and exploring connections between biblical events and our own UU principles. We also focus on several social justice/faith in action activities during the year.

Grade 3-6th:

Bibleodeon/Timeless Themes (we will also be working on Social Justice/Faith in Action projects)
Our children learn about some of the stories that helped to shape our faith as UU’s. We focus on stories derived from the Christian and Jewish culture that are commonly told in our society and how they relate to our UU sources. We will also focus on several social justice/faith in action activities during the year.

Programs for middle and high school

We have two programs for our middle and high schoolers, both of which run in partnership with other local UU churches (Old Ship, Channing Church in Rockland and First Parish in Scituate). Sharing our resources and nurturing our connections between the youth of our congregations appears to be a valuable part of their UU identity formation. 
The middle-school-age group has a two-year curriculum with Neighboring Faiths and then on a two-year cycle: “Our Whole Lives (OWL)” sexuality education is offered. 

Grade 7-9th:

OWL (Our Whole Lives) 2017-2018 year
Through partnering with our neighboring communities, we are pleased to offer this life-affirming course to our 7th-9th grade students. This class offers students the opportunity to identify, clarify, and discuss issues about self-esteem, media images, gender identity, relationship building, communication and caring, as well as learn important facts about the human body, sexual harassment and abuse, and sexual practices.

Grade 9-12th: SciCohRock (Youth Group)

Our three-church collaborative youth group will explore values, ethics, and character in real life and how beliefs and actions translate into making a difference in our community and our society. Some of the things you might find at a con include a coffeehouse, workshops, and maybe a hike.
The RE Committee hosts Friday Family Nights to include, game night, movie night, dance parties. We list information with dates and times on our Facebook page First Parish of Cohasset – RE.

The Religious Education program at First Parish is always open and excited to welcome new teachers. Let a member of the committee or our DRE know if you are interested in learning more about this rewarding way to be involved in your church community. We will happily walk you through the process.

Director of Religious Education: Donna Shecrallah, can be reached by email at education@firstparishcohasset.org

RE Committee Members:
Sarah Williams, Chair
Meghan Neri, Secretary
Phil Struzziero, Member
Tara Volungis, Member
Donna Shecrallah, Director of Religious Education