Children's Religious Exploration on Sundays
Children’s Religious Exploration (CRE) is offered on most Sundays throughout the year.
All Souls offers mixed-age childcare in room 112 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings, at which time we divide based on age and activities.
Infants (6 wks.~18 mo.): Room 113
Toddlers (~18 mo.~3.5 years): Room 112
We offer care for infants beginning at 6 weeks of age from 9:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Nine children is the maximum for Room 113, so if we are at capacity, we will invite you to take your child to the Family Room or to Thoreau Lounge where you can stay and watch the service on television.
In the infant and toddler rooms, our priority is to ensure that children feel safe, secure, and loved. Trained, paid caregivers ensure consistent and quality care for our youngest souls. Parents are welcome to stay for a few minutes to help their children settle in. In addition there are observation windows in the hallway to help assure parents of their children’s well-being.
Preschool (~3.5 years, fully potty-trained, & not yet enrolled in kindergarten): Rooms 5 & 10
Our preschoolers participate in religious exploration involving several interactive components, both indoors and out, as well as attend the children’s chapel service whenever it’s held.
Kindergarten: Room 7
Cheryl Schaefer, a 20+ year veteran of the All Souls Kindergarten Program, uses the Around the Church, Around the Year curriculum to teach children all about their church home, while exploring the monthly themes through many fun activities including yoga, cooking and puppets.
Grades 1 & 2
Students in 1st and 2nd grade experience the World of Wonder curriculum. This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery.
Grades 3 & 4
Students in 3rd and 4th grade experience the Love Will Guide Us curriculum. In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?" "What happens when you die?" Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.
Grades 5 & 6
Students in 5th and 6th grade experience the Sing to the Power curriculum. These lessons affirm our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting "powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love." Participants experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders.
Grades 7 & 8
Students in 7th and 8th grade experience the Riddle and Mystery curriculum. These lessons are each centered around “big questions” that many of us still searching for our answers, such as “Where do come from?”, “Does God exist?”, “How can I tell right from wrong?” and more. They will explore their beliefs and the relationships they have with themselves, others, and the world around them. This program will prepare them for the 9th grade “Coming of Age” year and provides opportunity to practice sharing their conclusions.
Our 9th grade students participate in our “Coming of Age” course. The goal of this program is to help each student determine his or her own religious identity and foster a life-long interest in his or her own religious growth. Students have the opportunity to attend the Vision Quest Campout in the fall and travel to Boston over Spring Break. This year culminates in the class’s presentation of their individual credo statements to the congregation on Coming of Age Sunday.
Religious exploration for this group includes studies and activities that develop “Life Skills” with a variety of speakers and activities. All are encouraged to examine and share their views in an atmosphere of openness, honesty, and acceptance.
All Souls Youth Groups
6th graders will be invited to join the 7th and 8th grade youth group starting in January on the 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Sponge Room.
7th & 8th Grades
This social and service-oriented youth group for 7th & 8th graders meets on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month in the Sponge Room from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Our 9th-12th graders meet every Sunday in the Sponge Room from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and have rotating activities focused on fellowship, social action, outdoor adventure, and worship.
Every year our high school youth prepare and present a stellar service, from music to prayer to senior sermons that will leave you inspired and hopeful. This is not to be missed.
Spiritual Expressions in Creativity
Each Sunday from Noon to 1:00 p.m., our kindergarten through 8th grade classes choose from a menu of options to suit their individual learning style as they explore our monthly themes. While we cannot offer all of the classes all of the time, here is the full menu of options that children will have the opportunity to try throughout the year:
(K-8) invites members to learn and practice Spanish at whatever their current level through games, songs and cultural experiences, led by members of All Souls Unidos.
Drama and Improv
(K-8) gives children the opportunity to explore the monthly theme and stories through role playing and with improvisational games.
Yoga Games and Poses
(K-8) creates space for mindfulness with guided meditations, thinking games lots of physical motion.
(K-3) November-December, March-May. This supplement to our choir program is led by full-time music teacher and cherub choir director, Libby Sublett. Children in the Cherub Choir should attend these classes and others are welcome to try it out.
(k-2 and 3-8) led by professional artist, these classes allow students to experience the full range of creativity.
(3-8) Through the medium of clay, Kristin Miller leads the children to create group and individual pieces that express our monthly themes.
(K-8) Build your spatial and interpersonal skills with legos.
(5-8) This dance of the orient, commonly known as belly-dancing, seeks body, mind and spiritual awareness through sacred feminine practice. Led by Smidge Isgrig.
African Dance and Percussion
(K-8) Led by Deena Burks.
If you have other ideas for Spiritual Expression in Creativity and are interested in leading a short or long-term class, please contact Shannon Boston to discuss.
A full schedule is available here.