Julie Relyea, Church School Director
The mission of the King’s Chapel Church School is to support families in nurturing the faith and religious identity of their children, and to provide a space for warm and meaningful community.
Our religious education program is based upon our heritage as Unitarian Christians. We are grounded in biblical wisdom and Christian identity yet free to exercise the individual use of reason to seek our own truth. We strive to nurture in our children and youth the seed of a curious and questioning faith, in the hope that their faith will continue to grow throughout their lives. Church School classes for preschoolers, elementary-age children, and middle and high school youth are offered between Morning Light (Sundays 9AM) and Morning Prayer (Sundays 11AM), from September to June.
Nursery (Infant- 3)
Our youngest King's Chapel community members are read to, interacted with, and surrounded with love in our nursery on the first floor of the Parish House. All our nursery care providers are fully CORI checked, have current CPR and First Aid, and start with lots of previous experience caring for little ones. Parents are invited to drop off their children anytime after 8:30 AM on Sunday, and care is open until 12:30 PM. Come relax at one of our worship services, and even grab a cup of coffee after Morning Light, or linger after service and have some grown up catch up time. Your little one is welcome in the nursery, or, if you prefer, at any of our worship services.
Youth/Confirmation (Ages 12-17)
Youth are encouraged to learn about other religious traditions via guided discussions, activities meant to develop understanding, and visits to other religious sites. Youth are also led in discussions of current events and social justice issues as they pertain to faith and their own lives. This program loosely follows the Confirm not Conform curriculum.
Sunday Schedule, Parish House (64 Beacon Street)
8:30 AM- Nursery care begins
9 AM - Morning Light, Little Chapel
9:45 AM - Social Hour
10 AM - 10:45 AM Church School & Confirmation
12:30 AM- Nursery closes for the day
Children are invited into a Montessori-style classroom, full of interactive storytelling, art, music, and games. Each class begins with a Biblical story told by the teacher through creative storytelling and continues with activities that relate to the stories and wider religious themes. children become accustomed to religious language used in our King’s Chapel community and begin the process of thinking, questioning, and imagining their faith. The Biblical stories follow the liturgical year and cover the events such as Noah and the Ark, The Birth of Jesus, and The Crossing of the Red Sea.
Other Church School Activities
During the year, the Church School will participate in various community service projects, an Advent crafts workshop, Christmas pageant, pancake breakfast, Easter egg hunt, and the annual Pet Blessing in May. In June, the children of the Church School are recognized at the Children's Sunday service at King's Chapel.