Children's Programs

First Parish of Watertown invites all of our children to join together for meaningful worship and growth.  We want our children to personally experience our Unitarian Universalist faith and all the wonderful ideals that it embodies. 

In our Religious Education program, we will share stories and activities that bring our UU faith to life.  Most significantly, we will spend time together sharing worship and wonder, love and friendship, kindness and compassion, and enlightenment and growth.  We will highlight the fundamental UU belief that we are all free to believe our own truths.  We will celebrate a coming together that honors the unique individuality we all carry with us. It is with these affirmations that we will think about those challenging “life” questions that people of all religions wonder about - Is there a God?  How did the world begin?  What happens when we die?  Is there any benefit to praying or meditating?  How do I know what to believe?  How can we make our world a better place?
To do this, we have created and selected engaging and age-appropriate UU curricula to guide our activities.  To learn more about the specific activities we do with our children, please speak to our DRE and she would be happy to show you the different curricula we are using. 

Introducing our Small Groups

One component of our children’s religious education will be the opportunity to participate in small group explorations of our UU faith. These small groups will enable our children and youth to deepen their UU Faith in settings that are designed to be safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate.  Except for our Youth Group, all meetings happen on Sunday mornings.

“Youth Group”
All youth 14 and older are invited to join our Youth Group which meets primarily on Sunday evenings.  The activities and meeting times are determined by the interests of the group and range from meeting other UU youth to inspiring community service projects. Their activities include growth opportunities in the areas of worship, youth-adult relations, connection, social action, learning, and leadership.  This group always has lots of fun together!

7-8 Grade
Currently meeting offsite exploring the Coming of Age program with their mentors.  Visiting 7-8 graders are welcome to join the 5-6 grade group.

5-6 Grade
This small group offers our 11 to 14-year-olds more autonomy as they begin carrying our UU principles into the world with deeper theological explorations, unique activities, and inspiring community service projects.  
3-4 Grade
This small group offers our 8- to 10-year-olds the opportunity to learn together through hands on activities and stories.

1-2 Grade
This small group offers our 5 to 7-year-olds an exciting adventure as they explore their UU faith by trying to capture the spirit of our UU principles and sources.  

Pre school-Pre K
This small group offers our 2.9 to 5-year-olds the chance to to learn about our UU faith simply by doing some fun activities with their friends.  

“Chalice Babies”
Chalice Babies (ages birth to 1 ½  years) are welcome to stay with a parent in the worship service or go with a parent to our nursery where the baby can play while the parents listen to the worship service.  There is professional childcare provided free of charge.  The nursery is located next to the kitchen off the social hall and is open from 10:00-12:00 on Sundays.

35 Church Street, Watertown, MA 617-924-6143 fpwatertown at comcast.net