First Parish Church UU, Ashby, MA
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Spiritual values

The religious education experience at First Parish is focussed upon an essential spiritual value found in religions: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Adults meet periodically for study groups focussing on contemporary issues and activism, spiritual nurture, Unitarian Universalism, and book discussions.

Children and youth study natural wonders of the seasons, the Bible, and the liberal religious tradition. Appreciation and respect for world religions is nurtured. Everyone is encouraged to think for themselves, supported and strengthened within a caring congregation.

Learning together

There are many opportunities for people of all ages to have fun and learn together, including a yearly camping trip, parish suppers, concerts by church musicians, cooking shelter meals, field trips to performances and places of interest. Children and Youth attend the first part of every church service, staying through the sharing of congregational "Joys and Concerns."

Sunday School

Childcare for young children is provided almost every Sunday. We also have an area for quiet, supervised play in the back of our Sanctuary.

Elementary age Sunday School classes are held most Sundays. Children take an active part in the Animal Blessing Service, Christmas Eve Nativity, Passover Seder, and Flower Communion services.

Sunday School classes for Middle School and High School students are offered on selected Sundays. On other Sundays, older children and teens are encouraged to attend services and may participate as readers, musicians, or dancers. Activities also include chaperoned group field trips to neighboring places of worship, historical sites and youth meetings.