First Parish’s Spiritual and Ethical Education for Kids program — SEEK — begins on Sunday, September 27 for children in grades K – 12. SEEK is designed to help young people navigate our complicated world with courage, compassion and curiosity.

On most Sundays children attend a short portion of our 10:00 am church service before they leave with their teachers for the SEEK program. Childcare is available for infants and children through pre-K.

SEEKers in Kindergarten through Grade 3 will use an engaging Dr. Seuss curriculum to explore the seven Unitarian Universalist Principles.

Fourth- and fifth-grade SEEKers will meet characters from our Unitarian Universalist past through two curricula: “Travel in Time” and “Spirit of Adventure.” Costumed visitors, along with hands-on activities, will help teachers and children explore how UU values can help people change the world.

Through a unit called “Amazing Grace,” kids in Grades 6 and 7 will examine the concept of right and wrong through our UU perspective. This is part of the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith collection.

Eighth-graders will participate in our very special Coming of Age program, which asks them to examine their core beliefs and write a “Credo” statement exploring some beliefs and concepts that are important to them. Those who choose to can share their statements with the congregation at a special service at the end of May.

Older children are encouraged to join our two Youth Groups — one for middle schoolers and one for high schoolers — which gather regularly for social connection and community service.

And finally, this year we will offer the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program to children in grades 7, 8 and 9. OWL is the UUA’s highly regarded comprehensive sexuality program. Contact our Director of Religious Education, Kate Holland, if you’d like to learn more.

Raising strong, confident and kind kids is a big job for parents. Our SEEK program can help! Click here for more information about the program and schedule.