Faith Formation: Our Cooperative Religious Exploration Program

Guests

Visiting children are invited to participate in our Religious Exploration program.  Children are also welcome to remain in the sanctuary with their parent/guardian.  Guests are asked to fill out a Guest Registration Form so that we may know you and your child, as well as to gather important information to make the first classroom experience a great one!

Nursery Care

You are welcome to bring your child under age 3 to the Nursery/Playgroup from before the service at 10:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. or keep him/her with you. The Nursery is staffed by one staff adult and one volunteer. If you are attending for the first time, it is required to fill out both the front and back page (which requests information specific to Nursery care) of the Guest Registration Form for your child.

Classes

After a Time for All Ages in the sanctuary, Kindergarten through Grade 12 children go to age-appropriate classrooms. 

For those children and youth who are returning to our program, an RE Renewal Form will be distributed to families in May of each year.  The form will ask parents/guardians to verify current information about your child and/or provide updated information. The information on this form is what is required to ensure we have important information and are complying with safety guidelines.

Right Relations: Comfort and Safety for all of Us...

In the spirit of creating intentional and meaningful community, the Religious Exploration Committee and the Parish Committee promote and uphold practices, guidelines, and policies to ensure the emotional and physical safety of everyone in our church community.

In addition to the "two-adult practice" in every setting when minor children and youth are gathered, all persons leading in our Religious Exploration Program are asked to submit to a Background Check.  We sincerely hope that this measure is seen as a proactive step towards common safety precautions in everyone's best interest.

Following are the current practices, guidelines, and policies in the Religious Exploration Program at First Parish in Brookline:

Comprehensive Religious Exploration Policy

Disruptive Behavior and Conflict Policy

Driving and Transportation Policy

Teachers are expected to read, fill out, and submit these forms:

2015 Code of Ethics and CORI Form