Liz Davis-Chaffin, Director of
Our Religious Education Programs
The religious education program for children and youth encourages open
inquiry into the questions that life brings, respect for every
individual person as well as for the
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,–
One clover, and a bee,
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.
— Emily Dickenson
community at large, and the desire to be involved with social action
projects. It strives to welcome, respect, and support the individuals
in the family along with the family as a whole.
Children in the religious education program need to be registered for
each church year. The registration and volunteer form for the 2012/2013 church year is
available in offline format for you to print and mail or drop off at the
- Church school for preschool children through grade 5 convenes
Sundays from 10:20 to 11:20 AM. All children begin with their
families in the church sanctuary.
- Nursery care is available for babies. And toddler/preschool care
is available in Growing Times from 9:45 to 11:15 AM each Sunday.
- For Middle School (grades 6-8): Middle Matters is a new Sunday
morning program for our junior youth. It is a hands-on workshop that
explores themes such as social action, neighboring faiths, and our UU
principles and UU sources.
- Our Whole Lives — a human sexuality program created by UUA for
teens in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.
- Teen Alternatives is a Sunday morning discussion group in the
Minister‘s Study 10:20–11:20 .m
- Senior High Youth Group — Grades 9–12 — engages
in outreach projects annually including CityReach in Boston, and local
food pantry (Loaves and Fishes) support. The group meets Sundays from
6:00 – 8:00 in the Vestry.
- The Coming of Age Program provides a
substantive spiritual program for youth in transition from childhood
to adolescence. This program runs every other year; the next edition
will be in the upcoming 2011 – 2012 church yeat.
Occasional after-service programs are held on subjects of interest to
- Small Group Ministry groups
meet in the fall and the spring. Small group ministry allows us to
fulfill two of our fondest hopes — for deep friendship, where
we can be truly known and accepted for who we are, and for spiritual
exploration, time to share our thoughts on questions of profound
significance in our lives. Small group ministry serves members and
friends of the church who have the yearning people have had
throughout the ages — the yearning for intimacy and ultimacy.
- Workshops and other discussion groups are held throughout the year.
- The FPCoG Women’s Spirituality Group meets once per month.
The format is much like our informal summer services with elements from Spirit Life, such as confidentiality.
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P.O. Box 457 …
Groton, MA 01450-0457 …
Most recently updated 2013-05-04