Updates from Director of RE Faith Formation &YP; [email protected]

2017-2018

Into the Future & Beyond…

WELCOME! Everyone is invited to gather with us and share in the spirit of unity, compassion, hope, peace, love and joy!

November 19th, 2017

Thanks-giving Intergenerational!

Happy Thanks-giving!

Thank you to all the Families and Youth for their generosity on our

Thanks-giving Chapel Day!

Youth please bring in a favorite food to share  and a donation for  Table of Plenty: non perishable or cash

Religious Faith Formation Beyond Sunday morning…

-OWL 2:30 to 6pm

-UUSoR! 6 to 7:30pm

 10/29 Halloween Parade & Carnival

no gory or violent costumes please… 

Religious Faith Formation Beyond Sunday morning…

-No Choirs

-OWL!  4 to 6pm

-No UUSoR!

Have an Out of this world Halloween!

October 22, 2017

Safety Drill! How thrilling!

Be ready to stop, drop, and roll… and run!

Religious Faith Formation Beyond Sunday morning…

-HS Youth Group field trip! 1:30 to 5:30

-UU School of Rock!  6 to 7:30

Extra-ordinary times: Dear families, Please remember that during extra-ordinary times as adults our priority should be protecting our children and youth. It is important to make them feel safe by monitoring their access to news especially sensationalized media.  Also, important is “checking in” by listening to what they are saying to you, to others and paying attention to their behaviors. Intentional conversations about safety measures that have been taken to ensure their safety and what to do if they feel unsafe is always a good idea. Lastly but not least, it is  important to remind them how as UU’s the first principle of “inherent worth and dignity of everyone” begins with their own “inherent worth and dignity” and  how much they are loved 😊 I am happy to be of service to you and your families if you need anything further. We will be addressing concerns of the children and youth with them when Religious Faith Formation resumes at appropriate levels for their ages.

October 15, 2017

UU Family Intergenerational Service & Child Dedications

The Child Dedication Rite is a very special rite where we invite the whole community to gather to welcome and bless our youngest members, regardless of their age. Please contact [email protected] for more information

Religious Faith Formation Beyond Sunday morning…

-Youth Alliance LGBTQA Group 4:30 to 6:00

-UU School of Rock!  6 to 7:30

October 8th, 2017

Multi-Religious Cultural Chapel

UUSoR Canceled today.

October 1st, 2017

Sunday Morning -Religious Faith Formation Group Day

Religious Faith Formation Beyond Sunday morning…

-OWL 4:00 to 6pm

-UU School of Rock!  6 to 7:30

Religious Faith Formation will resume on September 17th.

WELCOME!

September 24th, 2017

Sunday Morning -Religious Faith Formation Group Day

Religious Faith Formation Beyond Sunday morning…

-Family Evening Service: 4:30 to 6pm

A sacred space for families to create a unifying strong foundation now, for the future and beyond.

-Youth Alliance LGBTQA Group 4:30 to 6pm

Group is open to community youth age 12 to 17

September 17th-We’ll all be gathering at the Chapel at 10:00 am and go together to the Town Commons for the first Chalice Lighting.

September 17th  OWL Parents Mandatory Meeting in the evening. Our Whole Lives (OWL) is being offered this year for youth in 7th to 9th grade. It will not be offered at FPC again until 2019-2020. Please contact Dolores at [email protected] for more information.

Welcome!

September 9th-All Church Family Potluck on Saturday, from 6 to 8pm.

September 10th-Water Communion Intergenerational at 10am in sanctuary

                                                                                   

June  2017-“Our UU Family”

We look forward to seeing you all again in September!

Peek Into the Future!

September 9th All Church Start Up Pot Luck

September 10th Water Communion Intergen Service

September 17th RE Faith Formation Resumes & OWL Parents Mandatory Meeting in the evening OWL (Our Whole Lives) We are offering OWL next year for youth in 7th to 9th grade. Families will be contacted this week with more information. If you are interested please contact: [email protected]

RE Faith Formation Volunteering & Feedback 2017-2018 

Can’t do it without YOU…

Volunteering for RE Faith Formation is an important and easy fun way to “be the change” you want to see in the future*. We appreciate you taking a moment  to  give us feedback and reflect upon talents and time you can volunteer to  UU Religious Faith Formation. By responding you will not automatically be signed up as a volunteer.  We will be in touch with you to follow up. Please click on link:

RE Faith Formation Volunteering & Feedback 2017-2018

Great Job raising the FPC Unitarian Universalist Family Village Children!

On May 21st we all felt so proud and honored by the Coming of Age celebrants… Artem, Bill, Daniel, Devin, Emily, Isabella and Olivia and their mentors Chris Sweetnam, Chris Boucher, Sally Seekings, Russ Graham, Pamela Beckwith, Kathy Deschenes and Teri Ralbovsky! If you weren’t able to attend the service their speeches are posted on the bulletin board in the vestry.

And How Are the Children?                                                                               -Reading By Patrick T O’Neill

And How Are the Children? And How Are the Children?

Among the most accomplished and fabled tribes of Africa, no tribe was considered to have warriors more fearsome or more intelligent than the mighty Masai. It is perhaps surprising, then, to learn the traditional greeting that passed between Masai warriors: “Kasserian Ingera,” one would always say to another. It means, And how are the children?”

It is still the traditional greeting among the Masai, acknowledging the high value that the Masai always place on their children’s well-being. Even warriors with no children of their own would always give the traditional answer, “All the children are well.” Meaning, of course, that peace and safety prevail, that the priorities of protecting the young, the powerless, are in place. That Masai society has not forgotten its reason for being, its proper functions and responsibilities. “All the children are well” means that life is good.

It means that the daily struggles for existence do not preclude proper caring for their young. I wonder how it might affect our consciousness of our own children’s welfare if in our culture we took to greeting each other with this daily question: “And how are the children?”

I wonder if we heard that question and passed it along to each other a dozen times a day, if it would begin to make a difference in the reality of how children are thought of or cared about in our own country. I wonder if every adult among us, parent and non-parent alike, felt an equal weight for the daily care and protection of all the children in our community, in our town, in our state, in our country… I wonder if we could truly say without any hesitation, “The children are well, yes, all the children are well.”

The children’s future & beyond… Depends on YOUU!

 RE Faith Formation Volunteering & Feedback 2017-2018

June RE Faith Formation Dates                        

6/1 Thursday: Jolene Doubner Park Clean-Up Day!

6/4 Field Day and “Unity Project” on Town Commons              

6/11 Music Appreciation Intergenerational

6/18 Flower Communion & Bridging Ceremony Service

May 2017

As we wind down the year we can see all the possibilities of our future through our youth. This month is a   celebration of our entire church community uniting in the formation of our youths UU faith. On May 7th we want to show our appreciation to our volunteers this past year and honor everyone whose generosity of heart, time, and pockets makes UU Religious Faith Formation possible including Milestones for youth in our program.

Another very special celebration this month is the Coming of Age (COA) Intergenerational service on May 21st where seven of our wonderful youth, Artem, Bill, Daniel, Devin, Emily, Isabella and Olivia will celebrate this important rite of passage with their mentors after preparing for the past year.

Part of being a caring community is reaching out. We encourage all RE Faith Formation families to go to the Peace March if possible. There is an intergenerational for those who can’t go. Another opportunity to reach out as a family to our community is helping maintain the interdependent web’s beauty. If you are interested in going to Jolene Doubner Park to spruce it up on May 28th (Memorial Day) please contact Dolores~ [email protected]. Our original date was cancelled because of the weather.

 

                 May RE Faith Formation Dates

                        

    5/7 RE Faith Formation Intergenerational

                     5/14 All Church Mother’s Day Peace Walk; Happy Mother’s Day!

5/21 Coming of Age (COA) Intergenerational Service & Parent’s Paint Night

                   5/28 ¿Jolene Doubner Park Spruce Up? & Bridging Mini-retreat

 

April 2017

Join us for wonder-filled celebrations of life…

Egg Hunt!   

April 16th

following Easter Intergenerational Service 


Oh No! Cancelled because of weather!       

Jollene Dubner Park All Church Faith Formation

Earth Day Celebration!  Friday, April 21st, 10am to noon

What better way to honor the Earth than to clean up her parks after a long winter, and beautify her with the planting of spring flowers? As part of RE Faith Formation we invite everyone at First Parish to a work day at Jollene Dubner Park* in Lowell. All ages welcome (it’s school vacation week). Come anytime between 10:00am and noon, bring your own gardening and clean-up tools if you like although we will have some on hand, bring a brown bag lunch for a picnic afterwards, we will provide extra snacks. It will be fun and we will be doing good work! Stop by the RE/FF Table to sign up or email Dolores: [email protected]*

 

April RE Faith Formation Dates

4/2 UU RE Faith Formation Group Sunday

4/9 UU RE Faith Formation Chapel Day; Spring Rituals & Traditions!

4/16 Intergenerational Easter Sunday & Egg Hunt!

4/23 UU RE Faith Formation Group Day

4/30 UU RE Faith Formation Chapel Group Day

Sneak Peak>>

May 7th, RE Faith Formation & Milestone Sunday! Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast!

May 21st, Coming of Age (COA) Intergenerational Service

March 2016

Gathered here in the mystery of the hour. Gathered here in one strong body.

Gathered here in the struggle and the power.

Sprit, draw near. –Phillip Al Porter

Calling all families to gather at “our church home” 

Welcome New Families Meet & Greet!

Sunday, March 5th at 11:30 in the Alliance Parlor

Here at First Parish we are delighted to see new faces and want to make sure you feel at home. Please join us so we can make sure you have everything you need to feel comfortable and know all our wonderful church family can offer your family. Rev. Ellen and Dolores~ the Director of Religious Faith Formation along with others will be there to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. Hosted by RE Faith Formation Council. Babysitting will be available. Looking forward to seeing you!

All Parents Night and Potluck!

Sunday, March 12th at 6:00pm in the Alliance Parlor

Have you ever wondered how to uphold UU principles when you’re trying to ______ and your child is ____________? Please join us for Conversations about Parents & Children’s journeys through transitions together. Your experiences are great resources to share and help others through the mystery of parenting… during the struggle and the power. Hosted by RE Faith Formation Council. Looking forward to seeing you!

RE Faith Formation Dates

3/ 5/2017       UU RE Faith Formation Group Sunday

3/12/2017      UU RE Faith Formation Chapel Day; Spring Campout!

3/19/2017      Intergenerational “Our Church Home/Canvass” Sunday

3/26/2017      UU RE Faith Formation Group Day; Evensong for Families

Sneak Peak >April 21, Friday (during school break) from 9 to 12 Jolene Doubner Park Clean up

Gratefully & Con Aprecio to all our wonderful RE/FF Volunteers like Makayla and Kim Cassie for Making Candy & the RE Council for hosting/sponsoring ICE Cream Social!!

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Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me, us, UU…                                                                   

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The Inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

February~ During this month we will continue exploration of our Unitarian Universalist religious faith and ponder the questions “what is love” and “what’s love got to do with it” and “what does that mean to us as UU’s?”

2/5/2017 Love! UU Faith Formation Chapel Day;

2/12/2017 Intergenerational Love Service

          ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

              During Coffee/Social Hour

2/19/2017 UU RE Faith Formation Group Sunday

2/26/2017 UU RE Faith Formation Group Sunday

               Welcome Kristina Snell our new RE-FF Coordinator/Assistant!

 

new yearRE Faith Formation resumes January 15th, 2016 

1/1/2017 New Year Service in Sanctuary
1/8/2017 Intergenerational Matt Myers Drumming
1/15/2017 UU Faith Formation Group Chapel Day; COA
1/22/2017 UU Faith Formation Group Day; Evensong for Families
1/29/2017 UU Faith Formation Group Day; COA
Please note: The Talent showed has been postponed until further notice.

 

Happy Holidays!

12/4/2016 12/11/2016 UU Chapel Group Holiday Activities and Pageant Planning
12/18/2016 Intergenerational Winter Solstice Service
12/24/2016 Christmas Eve Pageant 5pm – The Drummer Boy
12/25/2016 Christmas Service & Pancakes
1/1/2017 New Year Service
1/8/2017 Intergenerational Matt Myers Drumming
1/15/2017 UU Faith Formation Chapel Group Day

 drummer-boyDecember 24th at 5pm 

From you I receive, and to you I give, together we share, and from this we live.                   

 After expressing our angst and counting our blessings and giving thanks, now we can ask ourselves

“What can I give.”

 That is the question our youth will be experiencing this month. Including being able to give our community a very special gift by participating in the…

 pa, rum, pump pum, pum….

Drummer Boy Christmas Eve Pageant         

November 2016

Thank youu!!

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 This month we’ll continue learning about how great our First Parish of Unitarian Universalist Congregation family is, was, and will be. Thank you all for making our congregation such a great place to grow up in!

  • November 6th: 4th to HS in groups; 1st to 3rd Chapel Faith Formation day.
  • November 13th: Thanks-giving Feast Chapel Day!
  • November 20th: Thanksgiving Intergenerational Service
  • November 27th: we’ll start getting ready for the Holiday’s and Drummer Boy Pageant on December 24th.

 “UU Family Sunday Nights”

LGBTQA… Youth Group Hosted by Emily and Co.  

Sunday, November 13th, 27th; 6pm to 7:30.

The point of the youth group is basically to make a safe space for kids and teens who are LGBTQA… and their friends, kind of like a GSA accept out of school and in Chelmsford for a larger community.”-Emily

This group will be meeting approximately twice a month as part of RE Faith Formation Sunday Nights and will be following FPC Safe Child policy and rules. Two Adult will be present during meetings. For more questions contact Director of RE FF & Youth Programs: Dolores GHeredia-Wood: [email protected]

Evensong for UU Families:

Reverend Ellen and Dolores~ invite RE families to join us for very special Evensong gatherings every 4th Sunday of the month at 4:30pm. Babysitting will be offered for younger children. These gathering give families the opportunity to bond and reflect on the gift of being a family.

“Parents Night!” November 13th at 6:30pm: Parenting Conversations & Potluck

The Super RE Faith Formation Council invite parents to come to these monthly parenting conversations & potluck nights. If you are interested in being a guest speaker or sharing a talent on these nights please let us know. Babysitting is provided and there is a supervised study/hang out space provided for older youth.

~Super RE Faith Formation Council 2016-2017: Caroline McMullin (Chair); Kim Graham; Julie Johnson;    Tom Wight, Tim O’Hara; Teri Ralbovsky; Youth representatives: Artem, Dan and Tristan

For more information please contact Dolores at [email protected]

The Religious Education Faith Formation theme for 2016-2017 is “Our UU Family.” We are continuing the second of our three year cycle of Identity, Community, and Interconnected World. This year’s community focus will be to ground us in the Unity of UU families, at home, church and the broader community. Ultimately as part of the UU Faith Formation we want our youth to identify themselves as ethical, spiritual, worthy individuals and know they are beloved members of their families, UU family community and confidently go out in the world and live out their UU Faith.

spooky funHalloween Parade & Carnival

Sunday Morning,  October 30th!

All groups Pre-k through High School meet in the chapel at 9:45am  to be in sanctuary for parade at 10:00am. Halloween Carnival after parade. No violent or gory costumes. Thank You!

Child Dedications…

October 16th  UU Member Family Intergenerational

We invite all our wonderful children to come and join us in the Child Dedication Ceremony during the service. Please contact Reverend Ellen and Dolores GHeredia-Wood for more information: [email protected]

COA, Coming of Age program will also be offered for grades 8th through 12th.   Mentee Orientation Retreat October 2nd; Mentor Orientation Retreat October 16th; COA Family Dinner October 16th at 6:30pm.

IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

~The Nursery Opens on September 11th from 9:45 to 11:30am.

~The RE Registration and Information Packets for 2016-2017 will be e-mailed/mailed during the week of September 1st.

~CORI forms & Safe Child Policy: In order for our students and congregation to flourish it is important that all of us want to make sure that we offer them the safest environment possible.  Safe Child Policy and CORI are required. Approved: SC 2012-2013

~Super RE Faith Formation Council 2016-2017: Caroline McMullin (Chair); Kim Graham; Julie Johnson; Tim O’Hara; Teri Ralbovsky

Youth representatives: Artem, Dan and Tristan

 

Thank you for the privilege of serving your wonderful church community another year!

Gratefully, Dolores GHeredia-Wood

 

The Membership Committee and RE Faith Formation Council

… and friends ask you to please join us for…

 

The First UU Parish Annual Family Friendly Potluck

Saturday,  September 10th, 6 – 8pm potluck 2016-17

 

Just come on over and bring  your favorite foods to share!

 

We will be providing dishes, utensils, cups and drinks.

But you are welcome to bring your own.

Clean-up volunteers are accepted too 🙂

 

Allergies are everyone’s responsibility!

Please remember to be aware and label and read food ingredients.

 

If you have any questions or want to volunteer please contact:

Dolores~ [email protected]

                                         

   2015-2016

 UU Family!

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                                  YAY SUMMER!

RE Faith Formation Days:

  • June 5th End of Year Chapel Day
  • June 12th Field Day!
  • June 19th Flower Communion & Bridging Service
  • Sept. 18th Beginning of the Year Chapel Celebration!

Congratulations!

Congratulations to our wonderful high school youth graduating this year

Nick, Lily, Bryce, Abbie!

We wish you all the best!

Congratulations to RE parents! Who amidst delightful cheers, or despite of sports, homework, rehearsals, friends, family time, so forth and so on, and grunts and sneers (forgotten once they were here) did their best to bring their children to RE this year! Congratulations to RE parents! Who despite wanting to be their children’s friend, recognized they’ll have many other friends throughout their lives and it is more important to be a parent and have the wisdom to give their children a solid faith formation in our great Unitarian Universalist religion. Even if it meant giving older youth a short reprieve from RE but making sure they remained involved in our church community. Congratulations to RE youth! Who maybe and perhaps did not quite understand why they were being brought here… when there was sports, homework, rehearsals, friends, family time, so forth and so on and sometimes cheered and others grunted and sneered (forgotten once they were here.) And if parent or youth at any time doubt, they will know in the coming years, when they look around and see they are still linked by the heart to their beloved community.

 

May 2016

This year we have been “linking” it all together. Throughout the year we have been making paper link chains binding us together with our church community. RE began with making their group covenants on link chains at the beginning of the year and will end linking them all together with a symbolic link chain embrace by our beloved church community.  We invite everyone to join us at the RE Sunday RE Faith Formation & Milestone service on May 22nd to celebrate our youths and community milestones!chain links

RE Faith Formation Days:

  • May 8th Peace Walk and Mommy & Me Tea!
  • May 15th 6-12th Interfaith Hindu Temple Visit
  • May 21st RE All Church Potluck and Concert
  • May 22nd RE Sunday: RE Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast & Faith Formation Milestone Intergen
  • May 29th Movie Day/Memorial Day Weekend and HS Youth Painting HS Room Mural

2014-15 RUUWorldJollene Dubner Park                       

All Church Faith Formation Earth Day!  

Friday April 22nd from 10:00 am to noon!

What better way to honor the Earth than to clean up her parks after a long winter, and beautify her with the planting of spring flowers? As part of RE Faith Formation we invite everyone at First Parish to a work day at Jollene Dubner Park* in Lowell. All ages welcome (it’s school vacation week). Come anytime between 10:00am and noon, bring your own gardening and clean-up tools if you like although we will have some on hand, bring a brown bag lunch for a picnic afterwards, we will provide extra snacks. It will be fun and we will be doing good work! Stop by the RE Table to sign up with Jill or email Dolores: [email protected]

 

* A little jewel on the Concord River, the park is named after a deceased member of First Parish who was also a founding member of the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust. It is located at the corner of Rogers and Merrill Streets in Lowell on the Concord River. http://www.lowelllandtrust.org/content/jollene-dubner-park

 

interfaith chalice

The Golden Rule, or versions of it are found in many traditions. One should treat others- as one would like others to treat oneself.   Our first Unitarian Universalist principle, “The inherent worth and dignity of every person,” resonates strongly with the golden rule. This is a guideline found in many religions and links us all together in the chain of life. This month we will continue our social action campaign, approach social justice issues like bullying and transition to inter-cultural faith religious education. For the past few months we have been forming our UU identity, now we are ready to empathize and develop a better understanding leading us to more compassion and love for one another. Hopefully  learn… let there be peace, and let it begin with me, us, UU!

April 2016 RE Faith Formation Days

  • April 3rd, RE Faith Formation Group Day: 6 to 12th Church Fieldtrip
  • April 9th, Saturday, RE Family Potluck Paint Night!
  • April 10th, RE Faith Formation Group Day; 6 to 12th Temple Fieldtrip
  • April 17th, 1 to 5th Groups, RE Faith Formation Earth Celebration Rotation Day;
  • April 17th, 6 to 12th Groups Buddhism In-house/church Experience
  • April 22nd, Friday 10am to 12pm Jollene Dubner Park Clean-up!
  • April 24th, Intergenerational Music Appreciation Day
  • Heads up! Milestone Sunday May 22nd & Bridging June 19th.

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March 27th, Easter Intergenerational and EGG HUNT!

Egg Hunt following service

March RE Faith Formation Days

  • March 5th, RE Family Potluck, Hawaiian Themed Luau!
  • March 6th, RE Faith Formation Group Day: Compassion Campaign & Bullying
  • March 13th, RE Faith Formation Group Day: Inter-Cultural Faith Formation (6th to 12th fieldtrip TBD)
  • March 20th, RE Faith Formation Chapel Day: Spring Celebration (6th to 12th fieldtrip TBD)
  • March 27th, Easter Intergenerational and EGG HUNT! After service
  • Heads up! Milestone Sunday May 22nd & Bridging June 19th.

peace & love

How sweet it is to be loved by UU!  

During the month of January our focus was multiple perspective on peace and how it begins with each one of us, me and UU! We linked it all together through mindful meditations and various disciplines. And now we are ready to spread peace through acts of love and compassion. During February we will start spreading our love with the desire of promoting peace by doing a UU RE Faith Formation Social Action Compassion Campaign for Peace & Love!

 

RE Faith Formation Days

  • February 7th, Love & UU Chapel Faith Formation Day

  • February 13th, RE Family Potluck

  • February 21st, RE Faith Formation Group Day: Compassion Campaign

  • February 28th, RE Faith Formation Group Day: Compassion Campaign

 

    ice cream

February 14th, RE & UU            

         Ice Cream Social!

                     After Love & UU Intergenerational Service

                         

 

 

  “No one is as important as all of us.”   – Harvey Mackay

Thank you for volunteering for RE!

 

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Let there be peace on earth  and let it begin with me, us, UU

Our theme this month is PEACE.

We will be learning about Peace from multiple perspectives.

RE Faith Formation Days

  • January 3rd, Peace Chapel Faith Formation Day
  • January 10th, 17th and 31st are RE Faith Formation Group Days, with a focus on Social Justice & Action
  • January 24th, Intergenerational Service, Drumming with Matt Myers
  • January 9th, New Years’ RE Family “Let’s Get Together” Potluck

chain links

This year we will be “linking” it all together. Throughout the year we will be making paper link chains binding us together with our church community. RE began with making their group covenants on link chains at the beginning of the year and we will end linking them all together with a symbolic link chain embrace by our beloved church community. We invite everyone to link with us! There will be extra links at the RE table.       

Hope you join in linking us all together!

new yearHappy New Year!

Let’s begin by thanking everyone for making the Holiday’s special. Especially all our youth who were involved in Caroling, the Pageant, The Christmas Services Ushers, The Mitten Tree and the UU School of Rock!

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mitten tree mittenThe RE Mitten Tree tradition continues… The Mitten Tree is an RE Faith Formation Service Project. We really appreciate donations of knitted items for those who are in need of our loving care. Please place donations on the tree in the Vestry from December 6th through January 10th.

Happy Holidays!

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 Oh Joy! The Holidays are here!

        A time of Great Expectations for hope, peace, joy and love!

                A time for wonderful celebrations and to spread good cheer!

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me, us, UU… 

RE Faith Formation resumes January 3rd, 2016 new year

 

 2015 Faith Formation Chapel Days and Holiday Activities

  • December 6th, ‘Tis the season for Giving Chapel Day… (Empathy & Understanding)+ Compassion = LOVE!  Mitten Tree, Pastoral Care Gifts, Concord Prison Greeting Cards;
  • December 13th, RE Winter Holiday Celebration Chapel Day!
  • December 20th, Winter Solstice Intergenerational Service-Sanctuary -HS Chalice & Winter Solstice Skit
  • December 27th, Pancake & Carols: RE Families December “Let’s Get Together”
  • December  27th – NO High School Evening Youth Study Group (resumes January 3rd)
  • January 9th, New Years’ RE Family “Let’s Get Together” Potluck

 

christmas pageant shepherdChristmas Pageant Information:December 24th at 5:00pm

All Pre-K through 8th grade youth are welcome to participate.

We also ask high school youth to please volunteer as ushers at the service.                                                            

Rehearsal dates for pageant:

December 6th and 13th during RE (9:50 to 11:00am)      

Sunday, December 20th at11:30am in the Sanctuary

 

November 29th, December 6th, December 13th-

UU Faith Formation Chapel Days/Holiday & Pageant Activities-

Holidays Celebration on December 13th

 Christmas Pageant on December 24 at 5:00pm

The Christmas Pageant will take place during the 5:00pm service on Christmas Eve. Children and youth in grades 1-8 are encouraged to participate. On December 6th and December 13th we will do practice runs. Our last rehearsal will take place on Sunday, December 20th just after church in the sanctuary at 11:30. Pre-k and Kindergarten can participate as lambs. They will create their costumes on December 6th and join the rehearsals on December 13th and December 20th after the service at 11:30am in the sanctuary.

If your child does not choose to participate in the pageant, there will be other activities planned for them during RE time.

If your child would like to participate, please try to attend the following dates:

  • Sunday, November 29th during RE (9:50 to 11:00am)
  • Sunday, December 6th during RE
  • Sunday, December 13th rehearsal during RE
  • Sunday, December 20th after morning service at 11:30am in the Sanctuary

Study Youth Group: (cancelled 11/29)  Sunday nights, between 6:00 to 8:30pm; This group meets in the High School Room Classmates and friends (8th to 12th grade) are welcome too. There is food provided and students can also bring in any favorite snacks and drinks. The study group provides a common space for youth to study. It is meant to be an independent and interactive setting to motivate study.

November 2015-Thank-You!

 This month, November,  we’ll continue learning about how great our

First Parish of Unitarian Universalist Congregation is, was, and will be.

Thank you all for making our congregation such a great place to grow up in!

New times this year: 9:50 to 11:00am This year we are asking all our youth to please be here by 9:50.

Luminaries! Calling all youth to come and paint Luminaries during Social Hour for the Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil. To make the church look as welcoming as possible, we line the street along the side and front of the church, and the stone wall boundary of the parking lot, with luminarias. These are bags decorated with butterflies (a symbol of the transgender community) filled with sand and containing a lit candle.  We invite you Look for the Welcoming Congregation Committees’ table with the rainbow flag and come and paint luminaries.

November 22nd Thanksgiving Intergenerational Service

November 8th: Groups Faith Formation day. Pre-K to K: “Early Beginners Room” Upstairs; 1st to 3rd: “Rainbow Room” Upstairs 4 & 5th: “Blue Room” Upstairs 6th & 7th & 8th: Chapel

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November 1st, 2015; Faith Formation Chapel Day; UU Ancestors & All Souls/Dia de los Muertos; Worship Rituals & Activities -2nd through 8th grade: Chapel; Pre-k to 1st Grade: Early Beginners Room; HS special UU session- walking tour around church

spooky fun

BOO! Join us for some spooky fun! October 25th; Halloween Parade & Carnival!
We are asking everyone that is participating in the parade to come by 9:45  downstairs in the Warren Room (next to stairs)
No gory or violent costumes-Thank You!

 Heads up High School Youth!  HS Overnight to Haunt the Chapel October 24th!

2015-16 potluckRE Families Monthly “Let’s Get Together” potluck Saturday, October 24th; 5 to 7pm We look forward to seeing everyone at the monthly RE Family Gatherings! The RE Council hosts these events once a month to support our families and give UU RE families the opportunity to socialize, relax and have fun together. There will be fun activities for the children and parents will have an opportunity to meet and play together and… create Halloween decorations too!

10/18 UUA-UU Boston Walking Tour 12-4pm 

We will be meeting in HS room at 11:45 and leave by noon.

We invite all High School Youth and especially encourage everyone planning on participating in the COA program next year to join us. For more information please contact Dolores~

New times this year: 9:50 to 11:00am This year we are asking all our youth to please be here by 9:50. This week we continue with our UU Community Topic with a spooky touch…

10/11 & 10/18: UU RE Faith Formation Group Days

10/11 RE Annual Fire Drill This month we will be learning about how we can love one another by keeping each other safe! We want to make sure because of accessibility concerns especially around the nursery and high school room we are as prepared as possible within the restrictions of the building that all our youth are safe in case of an emergency.

10/4 Please join us on October 4th for Membership Committee Intergenerational Service.

9/27 Bruce Freeman Bike Trail Clean Up! High School Study Youth Group, 6 to 8pm.

9/20 & 9/27: UU RE Faith Formation Group Days Pre-K to K: “Early Beginners Room” Upstairs; 1st to 3rd: “Rainbow Room” Upstairs 4 & 5th: “Blue Room” Upstairs 6th & 7th & 8th: Chapel

9/19-9/20 RE Faith Formation Informative Q&A meeting:

Please come and join us on Saturday, September 19th

4:pm to 5:30pm in the Chapel (babysitting provided)

~AND~     Annual All Family Friendly Potluck Saturday, 9/19 -6pm to 8pm

Hosted by Membership Committee and RE Faith Formation (babysitting provided on vestry stage)

9/13-Welcome!

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer and looking forward to a wonderful new church year!

The Religious Education Faith Formation program begins on Sunday, September 13th at 10:00am. We all will be gathering at in the Chapel and then go to the Town Commons for the first Chalice Lighting. Everyone is invited to gather with us and share in the spirit of love & hope for a wonderful year.

The Religious Education Faith Formation theme for 2015-2016 is “I am a Unitarian Universalist.”

We will be building on the themes from the last couple of years by further understanding “Our UU Identity” and broadening our awareness of our connection to the world through last year’s theme “Our UU Earth/World”. In addition to expanding on UU basics, environmental, social justice and exploring diverse perspective of worldviews we will continue striving to be Unitarian Universalist beyond Sunday mornings. Ultimately as part of the UU Faith Formation we want our youth to identify themselves confidently as ethical, spiritual, worthy individuals and know it means “I am a Unitarian Universalist” and I belong to a wonderful church community.

We are excited about improvements to the Sunday morning program in order to better accommodate the needs of our families and program. Here is a brief overview with the focus on being Unitarian Universalist from multiple perspectives. Approximately once a month there will be UU Faith Formation Chapel Days and an Intergenerational service with a variety of UU themes along with other events. In addition we will have UU Faith Formation Groups based on grade and age. The groups begin with younger youth learning UU Basics, and building up from there through 8th grade. Our High School Students will continue the Sunday morning sessions starting at 10:00am and the Sunday night Youth Study Groups will continue. OWL is also being offered this year to FPC families.

2015-16 YRUU YRUU is what “I am a Unitarian Universalist” Faith Formation is all about!  

Faith Formation is everyone coming together and collaborating as Unitarian Universalists!

As you can tell we are planning to have another exciting year and are counting on YOU, our wonderful volunteers to have a successful program. The most precious gift we can give each other as individuals and families is coming together as part of a community. Especially as role models for our youth!

2015-16 potluck

The Membership committee and RE Council ask you to please join us for…

The First Parish Annual Family Friendly Potluck

Saturday, September 19th, 6 to 8  

IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

~The Nursery Opens on September 6th from 9:45 to 11:15am.

~The RE Registration and Information Packets for 2015-2016 will be e-mailed/mailed during the week of September 1st.

~CORI forms & Safe Child Policy: In order for our students and congregation to flourish it is important that all of us want to make sure that we offer them the safest environment possible. On April 2013 the Standing Committee approved the implementation of the CORI policy for all RE Volunteers starting in 2013-2014. Along with the Safe Child Policy we ask all RE Volunteers to fill out the form at the beginning of the year (CORI forms every two years.) This year we will be asking volunteers to fill the CORI forms again.

~There are still to volunteer opportunities!

Please Contact:

Dolores GHeredia-Wood DRE&FF: [email protected]

Jill Hayes, REAA: [email protected].

                                                                                                        

 

 

 Sun

Yay! Summer Time!

…WE also want to congratulate the COA students, Lily, Edith, Tristan, Jeffrey, Ethan, and Ali that will be presenting their credo’s to our community at the June 7th service. And our youth who bridged this year, Michael and Marion, whose speech we offer below to inspire not only youth and families but all our wonderful volunteers who make up our wonderful community. We are very proud of all our UU youth especially our graduates, including Aleric, which even if he did not get to “Bridge” because of logistics, shared with us this very important public announcement he did for his Eagle Project about Food Allergy Awareness which was especially relevant this year.

Please follow the link to view announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4oReTYBorc

One more congratulations…This year the RE theme was our UU World with the hope of broadening our youth’s worldview from a Unitarian Universalist lens as part of their Faith Formation. During that time our youth embarked on an earth carbon print awareness campaign and went beyond RE class to our church and community at which time we held a contest promoting the “Response to Global Warming Pledge.” Congratulations to Andrew, Bill and Scott who got Movie Gift Cards for getting the most pledges!

Of course, as the year comes to a close we want to thank all our wonderful RE Volunteers! Especially Kathy and Ron who are retiring from the High School class after volunteering for a very, very long time. Thank you! We ask that all RE families, volunteers and everyone interested in being part of the RE program next year to please fill out our RE Volunteer Survey at the following link:

You can also pick up a copy at the RE table during Social Hour on Sundays and on the bulletin board next to the RE Office. One last item, we appreciate any books borrowed from the RE library throughout the year to please be returned.

Looking forward to next year… 2015-2016

On September 6th is the Intergenerational Water Communion Service at the new start time, 10:00am.

RE will begin on September 13th and will also be changing the start time to 10:00am.

On Saturday, September 19th, at 5:30 is the RE & Membership All Church kick off potluck.

Prior to that in late August or early September the RE Council will be holding an Informative Q&A gathering for all RE families.  More information on this event will be sent out early in the year along with registration and calendar and program information.

Also, in the coming year we will be offering OWL,

the Our Whole Lives program for grades 7th through 9th.

We will be contacting families in these grades with more information soon.

However if you have any questions please contact Dolores at [email protected].

In closing as we get ready to enjoy summer, we hope those that will have a lot of time on their hands to ponder, may their imagination be sparked and their creativity bloom. And those who are traveling, may they take a moment to enjoy the wonder of nature and other cultures. May all their experiences wherever summer and the future take them be inspired by the spiritual, ethical, gifts of their faith that are part of their Unitarian Universalist World.

2014-15 hs youth

Marion Murphy Bridging Commitment Speech-

Presented to FPC at the RE Service on May 17th, 2015

My Name is Marion Murphy as most of you probably know. I grew up in this town, lived in the same house my whole life, with the church a short walk away. While I can (just barely) remember a time when Ellen wasn’t our minister, I can’t remember a Sunday when my family stayed home from church. As I’ve grown up I’ve been busy sometimes, but the majority of my Sunday mornings have always been spent here. I’ve been a part of REY, WCC, and the RE Council, gone to NOLA, the Pride Parade (which I tried to skip graduation for), and helped with coffee hour countless times. As I step onto the bridge, I’m aware of what is beyond it, but know that what came before it is the reason I’ve make it this far. I am so grateful for this community, which has supported and nurtured me into becoming the person I am now-someone I am, and I hope you all are as well proud of. Going into the years of my life I will continue to live Unitarian Universalism doing this that matter to me and trying to make the world just a little bit better. Thank you.

 

field day picture

May 31st-Field Day!

 

May 24th Movie Day    

May 17th: RE Milestones & Bridging Service

WE invite all RE Volunteers who have been so fantastic & supportive throughout the year to join us for…

RE Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

May 17th from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

2014-2015 May Flowers

Happy Mother’s Day! 

RE is celebrating all our wonderful UU youth, UU community and UU World as the year comes to a close. First on May 3rd, we honored the earth with a One Room Earth Ritual Maypole Celebration; as we finished our last rotation for the year where we learned about how rituals give us the opportunity to center and strengthen us as a community. Now we also want to honor all mothers. On Sunday, May 10th RE is encouraging families to go on the Mother’s Day Peace Walk, to promote justice so no more mothers need to shed tears for a child lost to violence. Though we understand that everyone can’t go we invite the rest to join us for a…

 “Mom and Me Tea” 

10:45 to noon on that day. 

 Please let us know if you’re coming to the tea and RSVP to [email protected].

Please take note of Important upcoming RE Dates:                                                                                                                                               

May 17th is the RE Milestones & Bridging Service

And we invite all RE Volunteers who have been so fantastic & supportive throughout the year to join us for…

RE Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

May 17th from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

 

Saturday, May 30th RE Family Potluck Gathering

We are celebrating this year’s last one as a paint night too!

 

May 24th is Movie Day for pre-K through 8th and the HS will be painting our new picnic table.

May 31st   RE Field Day! Everyone is welcomed to come and join in the fun!

 June 7th   Coming Of Age Intergenerational Service

 

Study Youth Group for 8th to 12th grade every Sunday night, between 5:30 to 8pm

We’ll be meeting in the High School Room. Classmates and friends (8th to 12th grade) are welcome too.  Yes, we’ll have food and feel free to bring in any favorite snacks and drinks! We are providing a common space for youth to study in. It is meant to be an independent- but interactive setting to motivate study.

Sunday May 3rd-Honoring Our Earth Rotation –Maypole & May Day Celebration! One Room School House for pre-k through 8th grade;High School Class- Special Guest Speaker from PFLAG-Safe Homes; Youth Study Group- 5:30 to 8:00pm

Save the Dates! May 17th RE Intergenerational Sunday: Milestones & Bridging; May 24th RE Movie Day; May 31st Field Day; June 7th   COA Intergenerational Service

                            

spring is here!

Spring is here! Spring is here! GOODBYE SNOW…

Flowers grow. Birds and bees, leaves on trees,

Hello Spring! Hello Spring!

This month we will be ‘Honoring our Earth’ by celebrating and learning spring rituals about fresh beginnings, rebirth and renewal. The workshops will be based on this theme and will get us ready for our Mayday Celebration! In RE as part of our mission in developing our youths Unitarian Universalist Identity we include spiritual, ethical and faith filled lessons and experiences based on all the Unitarian Universalist Principles. However we highlight different ones like the ones for this month, 7th-honoring the interdependent web of life, 3rd-acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations, as well as the 4th-a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Which is the theme for the Touchstone Family Matters this month.* However, our First Principle…The inherent worth and dignity of every person should be a way of life for UU’s to embrace beyond Sunday mornings… For more information about our Principles and Sources please visit the following UUA Website: http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles

Thank you for joining us at the Earth Day Jolene Dubner Park

Clean-up and Brown Bag Picnic!

Please take note of Important upcoming RE Dates:                                                                                                                                                       

April 5th     Easter Intergenerational Service and Egg Hunt!

April 12th   Earth Celebration Intergenerational & Ice Cream Social!

April 22nd  Jolene Dubner Earth Day Clean Up!

April 25th   RE Family Get Together from 7-9pm (RE family socializing potluck and fun event.)-OH NO….CANCELLED!

May 3rd     Mayday Celebration

May 17th RE Intergenerational Sunday: Milestones & Bridging

May 31st    Field Day                       

June 7th   COA Intergenerational Service

 

Study Youth Group for 8th to 12th grade every Sunday night, between 5:30 to 8pm

We’ll be meeting in the High School Room. Classmates and friends (8th to 12th grade) are welcome too.  Yes, we’ll have food and feel free to bring in any favorite snacks and drinks! We are providing a common space for youth to study in. It is meant to be an independent- but interactive setting to motivate study.

 

Touchstone Journal is a monthly Unitarian Universalism Journal –Family Matters Section below:

 

Family Matters

Freedom

Freedom and Responsibility

Maren Schmidt

Freedom and responsibility are linked together. We are free to act when we have the right and also take responsibility. In mathematical terms:

Rights + Responsibilities = Freedoms.

As parents…, we fail our children when we allow them freedoms without requiring the necessary responsibilities to obtain that freedom. …

As effective parents, we limit the freedoms we give our children, enlarging them as our children develop more responsibility. If a freedom is extended before the corresponding responsibility has been established within the life of a child, we place the child at high risk for failure. …

We want to assure success…. To be responsible we need to help our children learn to “respond with ability.” As we observe our children developing abilities, we can offer corresponding freedoms.

…As the child over the age of six begins to explore the world…, the issues of freedom and responsibility are many times at the core of power struggles; the child desires a freedom, but lacks the responsible skills to be able to have the freedom. By teaching the skills necessary for the freedom, we can help the child. …. Conflict is created by not allowing responsibility and freedom to follow each other.

Freedom is limited by the ability to respond to a right or privilege. Wise parents limit and give freedom based on the observable abilities of their children. When we understand rights, responsibilities and freedoms, our children will learn to respond with ability, earning freedoms that lead to independence.

Source: http://marenschmidt.com/2011/10/freedom-within-limits-of-responsibility/

 Family Activity: Four Responsability

The Four Freedoms

There are four freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. With your children, draw pictures to make up a story…

Who is in the picture? What is happening? Where is it happening? Why is it happening? Do the pictures represent things that happen in your family? Then discuss, why these freedoms are important, and what life would be like if we didn’t have these freedoms.

Sunday, April 12th

Earth Celebration Intergenerational Service &  Ice Cream Social!

April 5th,  Egg Hunt after Easter Sunday Morning Service.

All Ages Welcomed!

March 29th,  2015

Pre-K through3rd Grade; Will start in their classrooms for their basic UU class with an Earth based focus about Spring!4th through 12th grade-Crooked Spring Reservation for Wetlands fieldtrip; We’ll meet in chapel at 9:45.Cori Rose a Wetland Expert will be leading us on our mini-expedition so our students can experience and learn about our 7th Unitarian Universalist Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence … which we are all a part of.
March 22nd,

Pre-K through 7th Grade-Will start in the chapel for our Spring Celebration One Room School House:We will be collecting donations for local and international communities.>>>>Please make sure Jill and teachers/guides are aware when you drop off younger children.Thank you! The earth pledge drive went great! Don’t forget to reuse, reduce and recycle!High School Youth What’s cooking? High School Youth and 8th grade students please come and join us for this fun and informative session as you prepare a meal for Community Table with special guest Teri Ralbovsky and Caroline McMillan! Youth Study Group Grades 8th to 12. Sunday Nights between 5:30 and 8pm. Classmates and friends 8th through 12th welcome too. Food and Drinks provided.   RE Volunteers needed! March 29th-Wetlands Field Trip: Grades 4th to 12th We really appreciate the couple of families that have volunteered to chaperone and drive. We need more volunteers. Please let us know if you are available. We plan on leaving by 10am and be back by 12:30. May 31st-Field Day-Lead an Activity

Please join us for the RE Families Monthly “Let’s Get Together”

Saturday, March 21st 5 to 7pm.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the monthly RE Family Gatherings! The RE Council hosts these events once a month to support our families and give UU RE families the opportunity to socialize, relax and have fun together. There will be fun activities planned for the children and parents will have  an opportunity to meet and play together too!                                            These are casual potluck event…

As we march on with love in our hearts, with the hope of spring to raise our spirits, let us take a moment to reflect on the awe and beauty of the snow and the power of nature…that we all are a part of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Since we are part of nature, we can express our power taking action by caring of our environment.  For the past few months RE has been learning why it’s important to care for our earth. Now, we invite the entire FPC community to join us. Please support our youth as they reach out to make an impact beyond RE Sunday mornings when they ask you to fill out the 1-2-3 Environmental Pledge forms during social hour.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

This month’s Sunday morning rotation theme is Our UU World- Environmental Social Action & Justice!   

Remember to REUSE, REDUSE and RECYCLE!                                                                        

And Love, Love, Love!

                                            

One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel all right!

One love, what the flower gives the bee.

One love, like the river runs to the sea.

One love, what Mother Earth gives to you and me.

One heart, our world, our community, our family and me.

One heart, like the birds, we long to be free.

One heart, like the music, just feel the beat.

One love, when your hand, reaches out for me.

One heart, when we touch, a new world we’ll see.

One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel all right!

Based on Song by Bob Marley; adapted Story by Cedella Marley

Important upcoming RE Dates:                  

March 21st- RE Family Gathering Potluck

March 29th- RE Wetlands Field Trip: Grades 4th to 12th

April 12th-Earth Celebration Intergenerational & Ice Cream Social

May 17th- RE Intergenerational Sunday: Milestones & Bridging

May 31st-Field Day

June 7th- COA Intergenerational Service

ATTN: High School Families-

Study Youth Group

every Sunday between 5:30 to 8pm

March Family Matters Touchstone Journal:

What if Nobody Forgave?

Barbara Marshman

In a land far away, a wise old man who knew a great deal about people because he traveled from place to place arrived at a strange village. In this town all the people were carrying what seemed to be great bundles on their backs. They couldn’t look around very well, and they never looked up because of the heavy burdens they carried.

Puzzled, the wise old man finally stopped a young fellow. “My good man, I am a stranger to your land and am fascinated by these large bundles you all carry about but never seem to put down. What is their purpose?”

“Oh, these,” answered the young fellow in a matter-of-fact way. “These are our grudges.” “My,” said the wise old man, “that’s a lot of grudges to collect at your age!” “Oh, they’re not all mine. Most of them were passed down in my family.” The young fellow heaved a weary sigh. “See that man over there? I have quite a load of grudges against his family. His great, great grandfather called mine a horse thief when they both wanted to be elected mayor.”

The man looked around and shook his head sadly, “You look so unhappy. Is there no way to get rid of the burdens?”

“We’ve forgotten how,” said the young fellow, shifting his load a little. “You see, at first we were proud of our grudges. Tourists came from miles around. But after a few years, Grudgeville became a dreary place. Nobody came. We forgot how to stop holding our grudges.”

“If you want to get rid of those grudges,” said the wise old man, “I think I know five magic words that will do the trick.”

“You do?” asked the fellow hopefully. “That would be a miracle. I’ll go and have the mayor call the people of Grudgeville together.” And off he went, as fast as his grudges would let him. The mayor lost no time calling the people to the village square. The mayor and the wise old man stood on a platform where they could see all the hunched-over villagers.

When the people had quieted down, the mayor said, “Good people of Grudgeville, a wonderful thing has happened! A very wise stranger has come into our town. He says he can tell us the magic words that will rid us of these grudges we have carried for generations. How many of you would like to be able to straighten up, have your grudges disappear, look at the world in a whole new way? Listen to the wise words of our visitor, then, and do as he tells you.”

“My friends, these are simple words, yet some people find them hard to say,” said the wise stranger. “I think you have the courage to speak them. The trick is that you must say them to each other and truly mean them. The first two words are ‘I’m sorry.’ Can you say them? The other three are ‘I forgive you.’ Can you say that? Now say these words to each other.”

There was a long pause, then a low grumble from the townspeople. First one person, and then another, said the words. Soon they were all saying them to each other—quietly at first and then louder. And then—would you believe it? Just like the wise man predicted, the grudges disappeared! What joy there was in the town. People were heard saying, “Look how those trees have grown!” and “Is that you, Jim? How good to see your face!”

There was dancing in the streets that day, and it wasn’t long before the mayor changed the name of the town to Joytown

 

Family Activity:

What if Nobody Forgave?

Read the story and then discuss these questions.: Do you think it’s a good idea to make people apologize when they’ve done something wrong? Why or why not? How can you tell when an apology is real—when the person making it is truly sorry? What are some ways, besides apologizing, that you can show someone you’re sorry? Can you remember a time, not too long ago, when you apologized to someone? What were the circumstances and how did you feel? When has someone apologized to you? How did you feel then? Are you able to forgive a person who has hurt you but isn’t willing to apologize? If so, how do you do it?

Please join us for the RE Families Monthly “Let’s Get Together” Saturday, February 28th 5 to 7pm.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the monthly RE Family Gatherings! The RE Council will be hosting these events once a month to support our families  and give UU RE families the opportunity to socialize, relax and have fun together.  There will be fun activities planned for the children and parents will have an opportunity to meet and play together too.

These are casual potluck event…

March 1st, 2015

One Room Chapel Service: Pre-K through 7th grade

High School- Session on preparing for Selma (8th grade invited)

heart ballonsFebruary 22th,

Rescheduled Intergenerational Service-About Love: pre-k to 8th grade

HS- Guest Speaker from Safe Homes, Laura

Please Note: Ice Cream Social rescheduling to be determined.

February 15th; Events cancelled because of snow.

Please stay safe and warm!

Intergenerational Service-Standing on the Side of Love & Ice Cream Social

February is here! And yes, it’s that time of year again when love is in the air! First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Chelmsford is a caring, compassionate and loving church community.  That is the most important lesson we can teach our all our youth.  We can assure our wonderful legacy continues by showing each individual one of our youth they are beloved members of our community and by supporting all of them in their efforts to be good community members. We thank everyone for your support in all Faith Formation Lifespan Endeavors where we come together as a community to teach, learn and love each other.

 

“No one is as important as all of us.”– Harvey Mackay

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We are very grateful to the High School guest speakers who have bravely lead in-depth sessions about current Social Justice & Action events. Please further engage with our youth in these issues. Also, for the past month K through 8th grade students have been on a journey learning about the importance of their environmental footprints, now and in the future. They are learning to make sure we all care for our world for generations to come. Our youth will be reaching out to our church community in order to make an impact beyond RE Sunday mornings and ask members of FPC to join in pledging and taking action in Caring for our Earth.

The Sunday Morning rotation theme for this month is

Our UU World- Our Earth and Love! 

 These Rotations focus on all our Principles! Unitarian Universalist Principles song: (Sung to the tune of Do-Re-Mi) One, each person is important Two, be kind in all you do Three, we’re free to learn together Four, and search for what is true Five, each person needs a vote Six, build a fair and peaceful world Seven, care for earth’s life boat That brings me back to me and U.U.

Remember to REUSE, REDUSE and RECYCLE!                                                             

          And Love, Love, Love!

February 1st, Wrapping up Caring for our Earth Workshop Rotation

February 8th, Chapel/One Room School House: Theme Standing on Side of Love Intergen

February 15th, Intergenerational Service-Standing on the Side of Love & Ice Cream Social

February 22th, Beginning Environment and Social Action Rotation                                                                                                                                                                 

see no evil....

February Family Touchstone Journal Activity: *

Theme Good and Evil

“Seeking Goodness…

For a week, try the following, and discuss the experience daily with your children.

Speak no evil. Avoid talking negatively about anyone whether you know them or not. Try not to criticize those challenging people in your life.

Hear no Evil. Avoid conversations with people who are critical. When gossip or criticizing starts, try to change the subject or politely excuse yourself.

See No Evil. Try to see the good in people. Look compassionately on friends and family and try to see the other side of conflicts. Filter the actions of strangers through a lens of empathy

  • Let’s teach our children to be kind by showing kindness and respect to all people especially those in need.
  • Let’s teach our children empathy by cultivating friendships from diverse backgrounds and views.”

*for more details about this excerpt from the Feb. 2015 Touchstones Journal please contact:

Dolores; [email protected]

February 8th;
Church Cancelled because of Snow!
 Stay Safe!

christmas fun

     

 

See you tomorrow, Sunday, February 1st 2015!

Got Empty Cans?

We are collecting empty cans on February 1st for a project  the 4th -8th grade students are doing. 

We continue with our Sunday Morning rotation theme : Our UU World- Caring for our Earth:  

Tomorrow RE will start in the Sanctuary- (Pre-k in their class)

Please remember to make the guides aware if you are dropping your child off with them at the front pews.

 

The 4th through 8th grade will be having an important One Room School House about:

How do we care for our UU earth…by planning an all church environmental pledge.

This Rotation is based on our 7th Unitarian Universalist Principle:

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are part    

Grades Kinder through 3rd: The Rotation theme will be incorporated into core UU CurriculumHigh School Class:
Insightful session with  Caroline McMullin and Dee Halzack  about Women Issues and Empowerment.
Remember to REUSE, REDUSE and RECYCLE!
 
Hope to see you all tonight at our family friendly Dinner and Talent Show; Admission=potluck dish 🙂

Please be safe!

christmas fun  

There will be Regular RE Classes February –  1st

January family gathering Cancelled because of Snow Storm:

Please join us… for  February RE Family Get Together

We look forward to seeing everyone at the monthly RE Family Gatherings!  The RE Council will be hosting these events once a month to support our families and give UU RE families the opportunity to socialize, relax and have fun together. There will be fun activities planned for the children and parents will have an opportunity to meet and play together too. These are casual potluck event…  

The Sunday Morning rotation theme for this month is:

Our UU World- Caring for our Earth:                                                 

This Rotation is based on our 7th Unitarian Universalist Principle:      

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.     

Remember to REUSE, REDUSE and RECYCLE!

  • January 4th, One Room Service: Beginning our journey learning about our connection to the Earth.
  • January 11th, First Caring for our Earth Workshop Rotations:
  • January 18th, Intergenerational Service-Sanctuary
  • January 25th, Second Caring for our Earth Workshop Rotation
new yearHappy New Year!
Let’s start by thanking everyone for making theHoliday’s special.  Especially all our youth who were involved in Caroling, the Pageant, The Chrismas Services Ushers, The Mitten Tree and the UU School of Rock!                                                              

January Touchstone Family Activity: Follow the Leader

Play a modified version of follow the leader. The game is played two times. The first time is a blind walk. Everyone holds on to a long rope/yarn, make sure everyone has room to hold the rope and walk at the same time. Everyone but the Leader closes their eyes. No one is allowed to talk. The leader takes everyone around the house to a destination only the leader knows.

The second time is different. Everyone keeps their eyes open. The leader tells everyone where they are going. Along the way the leader points out things that might be dangerous or detours in their route. Anyone can ask questions as long as they take turns. After the game, choose which game you prefer and why. Ask how this game was like being a leader and a follower at other times your life?

December-
Oh Joy! The Holidays are here! It’s time to celebrate!
This is the season to spread good cheer, love and the eternal hope for peace!                                                                                                                                                                                        
The Sunday Morning rotation theme for this month continues to be Our UU World- Earth Centered Traditions:
  • December 7th, African & Aboriginal Indigenous Traditions
  • December 14th, RE Winter Holiday Celebration-Celtic/Pagan Traditions
  • December 21st, Winter Solstice Intergenerational Service-Sanctuary
  • December 28th, Pancake & Carols: RE Families “Let’s Get Together” for December
  • January 4th, Caring for Our UU World One Room School House
  • January 24th, 2015 New Year’s RE Families “Let’s Get Together”

   christmas pageant shepherd  Christmas Eve Service, Wednesday,December 24th at 5:00pm.

We are having a traditional Christmas Pageant during Service. On Wednesday, December 24th all pageant participants are meeting in “Blue Room” at 4:15 p.m. to get ready. Choir youth come to blue room immediately after rehearsal.  

Rehearsals:  Saturday, December 20th, 9am to 12 noon; Brunch will be served!  RE Wing Sunday, December 21st,   Sanctuary at noon; After the Winter Holiday Intergen Service

STUDENTS, PRE-K TO 12th GRADE ARE INVITED TO PARTICIAPATE.     

CAROLING- Sunday, December 14th from 3:30-5:30, the 8th through 12th grade students are going to a nearby  elderly residence. If you are interested in joining us please let us know. This is an important opportunity for our youth to spread Holiday cheer and live our faith as Unitarian Universalist. We will be leaving after COA.

 mitten tree mitten The RE Mitten Tree Tradition continues The Mitten Tree is an RE Service Project. We really appreciate  donations of knitted items for those who are in need of our loving care. Please place donations on the tree in the  Vestry from December 8th through January 6th. 

Happy Holidays!    

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me, us, UU!

RE Classes resume Sunday, January 4th 2015.          

                                                                     
Saturday, November 29th from 4 to 7pm.
Please join us for the RE Families Monthly
“Let’s Get Together”We look forward to seeing everyone at the monthly RE Family Gatherings! The RE Council will be hosting these events once a month to support our families and give UU RE families the opportunity to socialize, relax and have fun together. There will be fun activities planned for the children and parents will have an opportunity to meet and play together too. These are casual potluck event…
November 30th South/Central American Indigenous Traditions
November 16th
our RE UU Thanksgiving Feast!
What makes it a UU Thanksgiving Feast?
Instead of bringing Traditional Thanksgiving Foods we are asking youth to bring THEIR favorite foods which
they are grateful for and want to share.
We will also be continuing our journey learning about the similarities of the Native American worldview and our UU beliefs of caring for our planet, the home we share with all living things and how
we are all interdependent.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to express our gratitude for all the blessings in our lives. These blessings transform into Love and will carry us through the cold winter and into the Hope of spring. We want to give thanks to every beloved member of our community, to those that helps RE in teaching our children to know they are beloved members of our community. Thank you to ALL the High School Volunteers & Speakers!  WE want to thank our wonderful High School Students that came and helped out with the Halloween Carnival. Thank you… Nick, Lily, Ali, Edith, Lovey, Dylan, Dan, Marion &….!   Thank you to the Super RE Council that does such a wonderful job especially “Speaking Up for RE” at the Committee Fair, RE Family Get Together and at the Halloween Carnival and Parade. Thank you to all the other church committees that give so generously to RE.  Thank you to the staff members that take care of so many details behind the scenes.  Thank you to all who volunteer on a constant basis making all our programs on Sunday morning and beyond successful. Thank you to all those that come to us on Sunday mornings, regardless if they have children in the program or not, and ask if we need help? Thank you, to all our FPC members and RE families that bring their children to our wonderful First Parish Unitarian Universalist Community. Thank YOU 

Another very important part of our UU World is YOU!
YRUU is what OUR UU World is You
It’s individuals and families coming together as part of a community
 Please join us for the RE Families Monthly
“Let’s Get Together”
Saturday, November 29th from 4 to 7pm.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the monthly RE Family Gatherings! The RE Council will be hosting these events once a month to support our families and give UU RE families the opportunity to socialize, relax and have fun together. There will be fun activities planned for the children and parents will have an opportunity to meet and play together too. These are casual potluck event…

The next couple of months, Sunday Morning rotation theme are Our UU World- Earth Centered Traditions:

  • November 9th, Native American Traditions-Donations being collected for the Cheyenne River Reservation.
  • November 16th, RE Thanksgiving Feast-We are asking students to please bring their favorite foods to share
  • November 23rd; Thanksgiving Intergenerational Service-Sanctuary
  • November 30th South/Central American Indigenous Traditions
Don’t forget…. UUHigh School Youth Overnight to Haunt the Chapel November 2nd to 3rd 
Saturday, November 1st  and 2nd
November 1st: First RE Families Monthly
“Let’s Get Together”
from 4 to 7pm.
This will be a potluck event. 
There will be separate activities prepared for the children in the chapel
November 2nd: Halloween Parade & Carnival
Gathering in Warren Room downstairs at 10:30 am
Please no Gory or Inappropriate costumes.
Sunday, October 19th
Just a reminder… tomorrow RE (only RE) is having a fire drill during our regular classes. k-8th grade will start in the sanctuary. Being prepared empowers us to deal with all types of unexpected events.We are counting with our High School Youth to be here for the Pumpkin Carving and the Fire Drill. Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!
October 2014
What an exciting month! We have so many things going on that we will be slipping right into November…
This month as part of our UU World we will be learning about dealing with fear,  following the beat of our own drum and exploring if different is scary or fun …BOO!
Translation… Multi-World View rotation 10/12, Fire Drill 10/19, Matt Myers Drumming Intergen 10/26, & Halloween Parade & Carnival, November 2nd!
We Need YOU to fulfill  the RE mission and achieve the goals of our vision.  
Thank you for volunteering for RE!
I want to let everyone that volunteered at the beginning of the year how much we appreciate you. The beginning of the academic year is full of all kinds of new beginnings and I understand how at times it took extraordinary effort. Gratefully, Dolores GHeredia-Wood; Director of Religious Education & Youth Programs; [email protected]  
The Religious Education Ministry theme for 2014-2015 will be “OUR UU World.” The mission for RE this year is the further understanding of Our UU Identity through building awareness of our connection to the world. It is through having a sense of belonging and feeling loved that we can teach youth to have empathy and compassion and love for our earth and everything in our world. In order to attain this goal we will be learning about the environment, social justice and explore diverse multi-cultural worldviews.  As part of our UU Faith (Religion) Formation initiative we invite the entire First Parish Community to be part of our vision of being Unitarian Universalist beyond Sunday mornings by bravely engaging in Ethical and Spiritual Action. The Religious Education Program is dedicated to growing community and to cultivating wisdom through exploring spirituality, faith and ethical living that form our UU Identity. It is the mission of the Religious Education, or Faith Formation, Ministry to cultivate in our youth a sense of worth, confidence and belonging in knowing that they are beloved members of the UU community wherever their ongoing journeys take them in the world. We are committed to the idea that spiritual journeys are ongoing from birth until death. The journey begins here. Together all congregation members, families and youth are the beloved community that is the foundation of the UU Faith Formation of our Unitarian Universalist Identity and will always be part of ourselves whichever paths we choose to travel. The Religious Education vision is that through our youth’s Unitarian Universalist Faith (Religious) Formation they become empowered and contribute positively and responsibly to OUR UU World.

October 5th, 2014The High School class will be going on their Annual Bruce Freeman Bike Trail Clean-up! “For All Ages”! Calling all creative RE students interested in having fun and participating at this upcoming for all ages on Sunday, October 5th. We need students to recite a poem and  poster holders…? On September 28th we began our regular sessions! These sessions are meant to teach about Unitarian Universalism with the main focus being FUN! Pre-k will be meeting in their classroom and start the Friendship Finders program. K through 8th will meet in the Sanctuary to do the Chalice Lighting & Covenant with the rest of our Church Community then will go to their class. K and 1st grade will start “Our UU ID” foundational curriculum; 2nd & 3rd will start also have the Id foundational curriculum enhanced with our theme for this year, OUR UU WORLD. 4th through 8th will start the workshops about Multicultural Worldview perspectives based on Eastern philosophies like Shinto, and will be learning about Yoga! Looking Forward: October 25th; RE Family Pot Luck; November 1&2: HS Haunting Chapel Overnight; November 2; k-8th Halloween Parade, Carnival & Hunted Chapel

Sunday, September 21st Autumn Equinox Earth Celebration!
Grades Kinder through Eighth will start in the children’s chapel to begin with a chalice lighting and story  pertaining to OUR UU World theme. Then we will be going for a walk around The Commons and Church Grounds to Pick up litter & Leaves. Afterwards  there will be special activities celebrating our earth and autumn.
It might be chilly, so don’t forget to wear something warm!
The High School Class will be having a regular session in High School Room with Chris B. and Caroline M.  as facilitators.

Religious Education classes begin Sunday, September 14th We all will be gathering in the chapel & go to The Commons for the first Chalice Lighting.. Everyone is invited to gather with us and share in the spirit of love & hope for a wonderful year.

2014-15 URUUYRUU is what OUR UU World is all about!                                                                   
It is individuals and families coming together as part of a community. The most precious gifts we can give each other, and especially our youth is a  sense of worth by having confidence that they belong to a loving community. Membership committee and RE Ministry ask you to please join us for… First Parish Welcome Family Friendly Potluck;Friday, Sept. 12; 6-8pm In keeping with Our UU World theme we will be caring for our earth by asking everyone to bring their own plates & utensils.Don’t forget bob…, and on stage babysitting will be available.

  The Religious Education Ministry theme for 2014-2015 will be “OUR UU World.”  The mission for RE this year is the further understanding of Our UU Identity through building awareness of our connection to the world. It is through having a sense of belonging and feeling loved that we can teach youth to have empathy and compassion and love for our earth and everything in our world. In order to attain this goal we will be learning about the environment, social justice and explore diverse multi-cultural worldviews.  As part of our UU Faith (Religion) Formation initiative we invite the entire First Parish Community to be part of our vision of being Unitarian Universalist beyond Sunday mornings by bravelyengaging in Ethical and Spiritual Action. This year the primary classes will be learning about core basic Unitarian Universalist teachings as the foundation of their UU Identity.  The second and third grade students will be integrating the Our UU Earth theme into their curriculum. Fourth through Eighth grades will continue with age appropriate workshops based on this year’s theme.  Our High School Students will have regular Sunday morning sessions and COA. Beyond these programs there will be Special Events like Social Action events, Haunted Chapel, Holiday Winter Pageant, Field Day and monthly Intergenerational Services beginning with the Water Communion on September 7th.  As you can tell we are planning to have another exciting year and are counting on YOU, our wonderful volunteers to have a successful program.  I want to thank everyone for giving me the honor and privilege to serve our youth and all the wonderful members of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Chelmsford for another year.                                                                                                      Gratefully, Dolores GHeredia-Wood Director of Religious Education & Youth Programs; [email protected]            IMPORTANT MESSAGES:    The RE Registration and Information Packets for 2014-2015 will be e-mailed/mailed during the week of September 1st.   Also, in order for our students and congregation to flourish it is important that all of us want to make sure that we offer them the safest environment possible.  That is why we are very pleased that the Standing Committee on April 2013 approved the implementation of the CORI policy for all RE Volunteers starting in 2013-2014. Along with the Safe Child Policy we will be asking that all RE Volunteers fill out the form at the beginning of the year (CORI forms every two years.) Lastly, but very important… There are still volunteering opportunities you can contact me or  Jill at: [email protected]. We also have a volunteer opportunity site: http://tinyurl.com/RESurvey2014   Sun Summer  2014! Hope everyone enjoyed GA, especially our great group of youths. You make FPC proud! Hope you have a great Summer! Especially our youth- those that will have a lot of time on their hands to ponder, may their imagination be sparked and their creativity bloom. And those who are traveling, may they take a moment to enjoy the wonder of nature and other cultures. May all their experiences wherever summer and the future take them be inspired by the spiritual, ethical, gifts of their faith that are part of their Unitarian Universalist Identity. It has truly been an exceptional year and it has been an honor to be part of such a loving, caring and dedicated congregation with so much heart… RE Ministry wants to thank everyone that answered the call to volunteer for Religious Education and so generously gave to our Ministry and supported all our events!  WE continue to encourage everyone to come and join us as part of the UUA Faith Formation initiative that calls on our beloved community to be part of the Web of RE Ministry. Beyond that it is important to remember that “It is truly a gift to look into the eyes of a beloved child and see the future that you are creating.” Thank you for volunteering!

ballons

Come and Celebrate with RE!  

June 15th High School Senior’s Bridging Ceremony   

heart ballons              

 RE Volunteers Appreciation Breakfast June 8th at 9:00am  

June 8th RE Milestone & Appreciation’s Service      

 

field day picture Sunday, May 18th Field Day

RE Ministry wants to thank everyone that answered the call to volunteer for Religious Education and so generously gave to our Ministry and supported all our events! Dear RE parents please don’t forget to fill out the end of year survey. Thank you for all you do for RE!  The survey may be found at this link: http://svy.mk/1f4JdXBWE continue to encourage everyone to come and join us as part of the UUA Faith Formation initiative that calls on our beloved community to be part of the Web of RE Ministry. Beyond that it is important to remember that “It is truly a gift to look into the eyes of a beloved child and see the future that you are creating.” Thank you for volunteering!

Religious Education Survey:

Dear RE parent:

As our RE program begins to wind down for the year, please take a moment to provide us with some feedback.  The survey should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete.  Your answers will help us plan improvements to our program. Please complete by May 23rd.

Thank you for all you do for RE!  The survey may be found at this link: http://svy.mk/1f4JdXB

2013-2014 RE QR Survey Code Survey QR Code

 April Calendar Updates:

 Sunday, April 13th- Regular RE Sessions; Church Across the Street Rotation 

  Sunday, April 13th– 1st Bridging Session for High School Seniors 3 to 5 pm 

  Sunday, April 20th-Egg Hunt after Easter Morning Service (no regular RE classes)  

  Saturday, April 26th-Labyrinth Creation 11 to 4 pm; Please join us in building our Labyrinth 

  Saturday, April 26th-High School Coffee House: 6:30-8:30pm 

  Sunday, April 27th; High School Class/Special Life Boat Session 

  Sunday, April 27th; Grades 4th to 8th grade visit Jewish Temple and First through Third: Spring Maypole Celebration

spring is here!

During April we continue our rotation about UU Ceremonies, Worship and Rituals. Join us in cultivating our youths Faith Formation by being present as they learn about Unitarian Universalist spiritual practices being at the heart of our religion and community. Our teachers have been teaching everything from our UU Rites of Passages, Chalice Lightings, and Order of Services.  We are learning the importance of a community coming together as One, as we saw during our Faith Formation “For ALL Ages” service on March 16th. At the service Bonnie Rankin showed the power of a community coming together with her storytelling of Stone Soup.  The following weeks we experienced what the youth Web Ministry is all about when we were honored by our elders telling us about the tradition of the May baskets and during Canvass Sunday watching the Interviews from the Social Justice RE Workshop with Joan Coyne about our fantastic community volunteers. We are in the process of hopefully coordinating a visit to a neighboring Christian Church and Synagogue as we further learn about our UU Third Principle: Acceptance of One Another and Encouragement of Spiritual Growth in Our Congregations and look forward to explore our Fourth Source: Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. On April 6th our High School Coming of Age (COA) youth will be doing the evening worship service.  Please come and join us and on April 20th for our Easter Intergenerational Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt.

 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you everyone for supporting us in all the Social Justice happenings! It is amazing to see how a small seed being planted and tended can grow and bloom into a beautiful garden. WE started the Crayola Cycle campaign from a suggestion to RE by Dee Halzack. Then, Sharon Rubin, during her workshop ‘UU Justice Seekers for Our Neighborhood’ had our students reach out and get the Lowell Morey School to be part of the Crayola Cycle Program. Also, Aidan Hughes reached out to his class for support with the Crayola Cycle Campaign too. Likewise the Lowell Morey School Book Drive is going great and we want to express our gratitude to UU Groton for helping us with their book donations. The Heifer Honey Bee project has gone so well that we are going to be able to double our donation and donate a second honey bee hive. This has been a great opportunity to learn how we as UU’s can make an impact in our world and learn how when we care and give others the opportunity they also experience the gift of gratitude.  Truly, it is in giving that we receive, and giving others the opportunity to give, we all can experience the gift of gratitude and are showered with blessings.  Please keep supporting us in teaching our youth they can make a difference. We have almost reached our goals and are still accepting donations throughout the month of April. Please take notice of the wonderfully decorated boxes, posters and honey comb containers around the church and follow the links for more information.

CrayolaCycle Campaign (any brand) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRsFLuyLaQw

Lowell Morey Elementary School Book Drive http://www.uuchelmsford.org/re/?p=1044

$30.00×2, Heifer Honey Bee project http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/animals-nutrition/honeybees-donation.html   

The UUA General Assembly is an exciting and memorable experience for everyone, especially for our youth. We are gearing up for the GA where all our UU communities will be gathering in Providence Rhode Island, June 25th through the 29th.  Our generous church funds the registration and rooms for our High School Youth.  If you are a High School Youth and are planning to attend please bring or send your GA registration forms to Jill or me so we can all register  together.   

April 6th,  as part of our new Church Across the Street Workshop;  4th through 8th grade will be visiting St. Mary’s for their worship service. We will be meeting at our FPC chapel at 10:15am,  then walk over and should be back by 12:15pm. Myself and the classroom guides will be chaperoning, but parents are welcomed to join us. It seems like it will be a great day to take a nice walk in our neighborhood.

 

Don’t forget to send in the attached permission slip, (but if you do, we’ll have extra copies.) Please note: First through third grade will be starting in the sanctuary and then going to their classrooms.

 

Sunday March 23rd,

Join us for our special for all ages about the First Parish tradition of May Baskets.  

High School youth will be going to the JAVA Room for a Scholarly UU discussion about favorite books and journals.

Please bring in attached permission slip.

 

Sunday March 16th Come join us in the sanctuary and help us make  ” our UU Community  Stone Soup”

during the morning service. Afterwards…   When the rest of  RE goes to their classes

we are asking that all the High School youth   meet in the High School Room to plan

The Coffee House Event.

 

 March 9th

City Reach Service Project

UU Groton High School Youth are coming for a visit with 

our High School students  to do a presentation.

 

1st through 3rd grade are revamping extra RE chairs for

the Auction on Saturday March 15th.

 

MARCH 2014–This month we began our rotation about Ceremonies, Worship and Rituals. The goal is to teach our youth how as Unitarian Universalist these spiritual practices are at the heart of our religion and community.   Please come and be part of our Intergenerational Stone Soup Service on March 16th.              

The Golden Rule found in many traditions is one should treat others- as one would like others to treat oneself.   Our first Unitarian Universalist principle, “The inherent worth and dignity of every person,” resonates strongly with the golden rule. This is the core purpose of church service trips. They are personal journeys that bind us together and inspire us to “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi.  I want to thank everyone for affording me the honor of going to NOLA with such a magnanimous group and being able to be with our wonderful youth.  

As part of our UU Id the most important lesson we can teach our students is that each individual is a beloved members of our community by supporting all of them in their efforts to be good community members. We thank everyone for your support and ask you to please continue supporting us in all the Social Justice happenings. We are still accepting donations for our social justice projects to show how much we love and care about our world.  Please take notice of the wonderfully decorated boxes, posters and honey comb containers around the church and follow the links for more information.

CrayolaCycle Campaign (any brand) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRsFLuyLaQw

 

Lowell Morey Elementary School Book Drive http://www.uuchelmsford.org/re/?p=1044

 

$30.00 Heifer Honey Bee project http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/animals-nutrition/honeybees-donation.html   

 

RE Ministry wants to thank everyone that answered the call to volunteer for Religious Education and so generously gave to our Ministry. We are very grateful to all those that helped our youth create such a beautiful High School Room.  We continue to encourage everyone to come and join us as part of the UUA Faith Formation initiative that calls on our beloved community to be part of the Web of RE Ministry. Beyond that it is important to remember that “It is truly a gift to look into the eyes of a beloved child and see the future that you are creating.” Thank you for volunteering!                         

The UUA General Assembly  (GA) this year is in Providence Rhode Island on June 25th through the 29th.  This is an exciting and memorable experience for everyone, but especially our youth.  We want to encourage as many of our high school youth as possible to go.   

UUA General Assembly Youth Cacuas: https://www.uua.org/re/youth/events/gacaucus/index.shtml 

 

March 2nd, 2014

Hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Break! 

We begin our next rotation-       

Ceremonies, Rituals and Worship Rotation   

 Attention High School Youth 

Please  join us in the sanctuary for a special service about the NOLA service project!

February 23rd we had our One Room School House where we wrapped up our Social Justice Rotation.Sunday February 9th

‘Standing on the Side of Love’ Intergenerational service followed by the Ice Cream Social during coffee hour.

Saturday, February 8th at 10:00am

Thanks Nick, Marion, Tom C., Tom W. and Dave!

WE Need YOU…

Thanks Nick, Marion, Tom C., Tom W. and Dave!

Attention- High School Youth,

PLEASE help pick up the new sofa for your High School Room!

We are meeting at church.

February is here and love is in the air!

And First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Chelmsford is the most caring, compassionate and loving church community.  As part of our UU Id this is the most important lesson we can teach our students.  We can assure our wonderful legacy continues by showing each individual one they are beloved members of our community and supporting all of them in their efforts to be good community members. We thank everyone for their support and ask you to please continue your support in all the Social Justice happenings our RE youth are involved in this rotation.

Please find opportunities to talk to them about social justice. Did you know that in one of the workshops members of our church were interviewed about volunteering for non-profit organizations here at First Parish? Or that the Middle School and High School students have been given the young adult novel, Luna by the Welcoming committee through a Faith in Action grant and asked to come to the book discussion on Friday, February 7th at 7pm?   Also that the high school youth are getting ready for the NOLA mission trip later on this month. But… made sure to take time and host the coffee hour on February 2nd to show their love for the community that loves them.

We also are accepting donations for our social justice projects to show how much we love and care about our world.  Please take notice of the wonderfully decorated boxes, posters and honey comb containers around the church for our CrayolaCycle dried marker, Morey Elementary book drive and $30.00 Heifer Honey Bee project http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/animals-nutrition/honeybees-donation.html

We invite everyone to Come and share the love on Sunday February 9th for this month’s ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ Intergenerational service followed by the Ice Cream Social during coffee hour. Let’s remember what an important part of our youths Unitarian Universalist religious education it is to see our church community worship together  

Part of our UU ID means getting involved beyond the walls of our wonderful church and showing our students the great things that can be achieved as a community! Thanks for supporting RE students in the Crayola Cycle and Morey Elementary Book  Drive. Also scroll down and click on the link to see how we all can  get involved in the UUA 30 Days of Love Campaign.

 

Crayola Cycle Marker Campaign

  Dried up markers can be made into fuel!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRsFLuyLaQw#t=18

 Please bring in your markers and drop them off in one of the wonderful boxes are workshop students have decorated.   They do not need to be Crayola brand.

 Morey Elementary School in Lowell Book Drive:

                Please bring in books for Pre-K through 4th grade and drop them off in one of the boxes our workshop students have decorated!

More detailed Information at:   http://www.uuchelmsford.org/re/?p=1044

thiry day of love

Thirty Days of Love from January 18th to February 16th

For more ways to get involved please follow link: http://standingonthesideoflove.org/

Sunday, February 2nd: High School Youth-Loving our Community.: as part of the 30 days of love… High School Youth are hosting Coffee/Social Hour.
February Intergenerational Service Skit
Calling all RE actors….
If you would like to participate in a skit for the February Intergenerational service on February 9th.  Join us in the chapel at 10:00am on Sunday, February 2nd and 9th.
  
Sunday, January 26th: High School Youth-For this session please bring your smart phone or similar device for a Tech Easter Egg Hunt.   January 19th, 2014
 
It is important as part of our youths Unitarian Universalist religious  education  to experience church community by worshiping  together.  We want to invite everyone to join us for our Intergenerational Service about  the Justice  Stone. 

Any RE students who want to participate in a Justice Skit during the For All Ages part of the service on 1/19 please meet us in the chapel at 10:00am.

January 2014!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Holidays and are staying safe and warm! In RE we are continuing with our UU ID theme. This rotation we will be learning about Justice and Unitarian Universalism.   Our students will be learning how UU’s are socially active and different ways to stand up for justice.  Some students will be interviewing members of our congregation that are involved in social action projects. Others will be organizing a book drive for the Lowell Morey Elementary School and doing the Crayola Cycle project. We will be collecting new books for grades kinder through fourth grade and dried out markers for recycling that will be made into fuel. As part of the Thirty Days of Love that run from January 18th to February 16th, the Welcoming Committee has generously donated the Luna novel to promote social awareness for our OWL and High School Students.  They are invited to join the all church discussion on February 7th.   Another very exciting thing happening is the High School youth will start redecorating the high school room.  We’ll start painting on Friday, January 10th!  Also, don’t forget it is an important part for our youths Unitarian Universalist religious education to see our church community worship together. We want to invite everyone to this month’s Intergenerational Service about the Justice Stone on Sunday, January 19th.   Thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU… to EVERYONE that volunteered for the Christmas Pageant and congratulations to all the participants. Scott Darlington made us a great DVD about the Pageant that the children enjoyed at the January 5th One Room School House and invite everyone to see it at the RE Table during coffee hour. Special thanks to Ruth Whalen for helping us with the Mitten Tree Project and Bonnie Rankin for telling us the story of the Gingerbread man. The RE Ministry wants to thank everyone that answered the call to volunteer for Religious Education.  Everyone is encouraged to come and join us as part of the UUA Faith Formation initiative that calls on our beloved community to be part of the Web of RE Ministry. Beyond that it is important to remember that “It is truly a gift to look into the eyes of a beloved child and see the future that you are creating.” Thank you for volunteering! Grace and peace to all and especially those who lost loved ones in the past year and may we all be filled with hope for the New Year. Gratefully, Dolores GHeredia-Wood Director of Religious Education & Youth Programs

Happy Holidays! 

 

RE Classes resume Sunday, January 5th 2014!

 

                                                                                             

December 2013

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me, us, UU… 

Oh Joy! The Holidays are here! It’s time to celebrate! This is the season to spread good cheer, love and the eternal hope of peace! Our UU Id focus this month is to love others as we do ourselves; fourth Unitarian Universalist Source: Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.

christmas funSunday, December 15th is our RE Family “Stress Free” Pot Luck Luncheon after the morning service in the chapel. We are asking everyone to come and join the fun! You are welcomed to bring something to share for the pot luck. Please bring anything you would like to share, fancy or plain we’ll love it all the same. Leftovers and a pack of cookies are fine too.  We will also be having family games. Our youth will be rehearsing earlier that day for the holiday pageant. If you won’t be able to come to the pageant on the evening of December 24th you are welcomed to come and sneak a peek.

carolingSunday, December 15th, from 1:15 to 2:15 the 7th through 12th grade students are going caroling to a nearby elderly residence. This is an important opportunity for our youth to spread Holiday cheer and live our faith as Unitarian Universalist. They will be back on time for the COA and OWL sessions. oh joy santa Sunday, December 22nd from 12 noon to 4pm FREE Babysitting! Part of the Joy of the Holidays is being able to give. The RE Council Ministry is offering as a gift to all RE families free babysitting for our RE children. Please let Dolores or Jill know in advance if you are interested in having our wonderful certified babysitters watch your children on that day. You can also sign up during the coffee/social hour at the RE table.christmas pageant shepherdChristmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th at 5:00pm. We are having a traditional Christmas Pageant giving us the opportunity to learn about our fourth Unitarian Universalist Source: Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. mitten tree mittenThe RE Mitten Tree Tradition continues… The Mitten Tree is an RE Service Project. We really appreciate donations of knitted items for those who are in need of our loving care. Please place donations on the tree in the Vestry from December 1st through January 6th. Intergenerational Winter Solstice Service is on Sunday, December 22nd. Worshiping in community is part of Religious Education. Please come and join us and see a delightful skit by our young adults.

Saturday, December 21st

7th through 12th grade invited to bake cookies with Rev. Ellen and Dolores from 3 to 5pm for Community Table and Sunday Solstice Communion.

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Intergenerational Winter Solstice Service Worshiping in community is part of Religious Education. Please come and join us and see a delightful skit by our young adults.

 FREE Babysitting from 12 noon to 4pm!

Part of the Joy of the Holidays is being able to give. The RE Council Ministry is offering as a gift to all RE families free babysitting for our RE children.

 The Christmas Pageantshooting star

is on Tuesday, December 24th at 5pm.

Pageant Commitment dates are:

Sunday’s Nov. 17th, Dec 1st, 8th, 15th 10:45 to noon

Dec. 22nd after service rehearsal and pageant Dec. 24th at 4:00pm

Our other grades opportunities are: Pre-K & Kindergarten lambs; 1st grade angels; 2nd & 3rd grade shepherds. 

 

UU High School Youth Group

Every week, Sunday mornings 12:15 to 1:15pm after RE session.

The Youth Group is a great addition to our regular RE High School Sessions on Sunday’s from 10:45 to noon.

If you are in High School please come and join us!

 
 
Sunday, December 15th 2013- CHURCH CANCELLED-
Hello First Parishioners,While the snow is not as bad as thought, it is sleeting and temperatures are dropping, so we are concerned about ice and slippery conditions, especially for those who live outside Chelmsford, getting to church. Have a lovely snow day! Evening service and all RE are also cancelled!Reverend Ellen
Let it snow!?
In the event of a snow storm, a decision will be made by 8 a.m. on
Sunday morning as to whether to hold services. There will be notice
of a closure on the church’s main answering machine (978-256-5133),
and on the WBZ storm center (TV Channel 4,WBZ AM radio 1030, and on
the web).
When in doubt, please choose safety over New England pride. — Rev. Ellen
IF church is open we will proceed with all planned events at church including COA & OWL. We will be rescheduling the Caroling event because of road safety issues.
christmas funWeather permitting we will have our One Room School House Christmas Pageant Rehearsal and fun day and we will have a regular High School Session with Kathy and Ron. Hopefully we can have  our RE Family “Stress Free” Pot Luck Luncheon after the morning service in the chapel. We are asking everyone to come and join the fun! You are welcomed to bring something to share for the pot luck. Please bring anything you would like to share, fancy or plain we’ll love it all the same. Leftovers and a pack of cookies are fine too.  We will also be having family games. Our youth will be rehearsing earlier that day for the holiday pageant. If you won’t be able to come to the pageant on the evening of December 24th you are welcomed to come and sneak a peek. Please keep safe and warm! 

November 2013

“If the only prayer you say in your entire life is

thank-you…”

Meister Eckhart 

November is a month we prepare for the winter by showing our gratitude for all the blessings in our lives. These blessings transform into Love and will carry us through the winter into the Hope of spring. This transformation begins with the magic of October. The real magic of October is seeing how everyone comes together to make our Unitarian Universalist church community come alive. We want to give thanks to every beloved member of our community that helps RE in teaching our children to know they are beloved members of our community. WE want to thank our wonderful High School Students that came to the overnight and created such an exciting Haunted Chapel for our younger youths. Thank you… Edith, Emily, Cam, Cody, Aleric, Tristan and Nick. A special thanks to Nick that also helped Jill and I to create Indra’s web in the sanctuary. Thank you to all our volunteers, especially those that came to the rescue at the last minute when others had personal emergencies. Thank you to those with emergencies that care so much and are concerned when they cannot volunteer. Thank you to our Super RE Council that has done such a wonderful job “Speaking Up for RE” in the Committee Fair, and at the Halloween Carnival and Parade. Thank you to all the other church committees that give to RE so generously.  Thank you to the staff members that take care of so many details behind the scenes.  Thank you to all who volunteer on a constant basis making all our programs on Sunday morning and beyond successful. Thank you to all those that come to us on Sunday mornings, regardless if they have children in the program or not, and ask if we need their help? Thank you, to all our RE families that bring their children to our wonderful First Parish Unitarian Universalist Community. Thank YOU! We want to invite everyone to this month’s Intergenerational Gratitude Service on Sunday, November 24th.  It is an important part for our youths Unitarian Universalist religious education to see our church community worship together. Also this month we will be starting our Workshop rotation that will focus on our Holiday Pageant. This year we will be having a traditional Christmas Pageant giving us the opportunity to learn about our fourth Unitarian Universalist Source: Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. The pageant will be on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th at 5:00pm. The RE Ministry wants to thank everyone that answered the call to volunteer for Religious Education.  We have a wonderful year planned for all of our youth, pre-k through twelfth. Everyone is encouraged to come and join us as part of the UUA Faith Formation initiative that calls on our beloved community to be part of the Web of RE Ministry. Beyond that it is important to remember that “It is truly a gift to look into the eyes of a beloved child and see the future that you are creating.” Thank you for volunteering! Thank You to all the members of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Chelmsford Community for the privilege and honor to serve you. Gratefully, Dolores GHeredia-Wood Director of Religious Education & Youth Programs;

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

RE will begin in the Sanctuary. Afterwards… Pre-k through 3rd grade will go to their  classrooms. Christmas Pageant Workshops grades 4th through 8th will go to chapel. We will also be setting up the Mitten Tree! High School Students will meet in the  High School Room.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thanksgiving Intergenerational Service

Part of Religious Education is teaching our youth to celebrate and worship in community. We ask all the RE families to join us!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

We are asking that any children interested in participating that day in a UU Thanks-giving Skit please join us at 10:30am in the Chapel. All others will  be starting in the sanctuary Afterwards  grades 1st through 3rd will be going to class for a lesson on UU ID. The workshops for this rotation, grades 4th through 8th will be doing a Holiday Pageant If you are in grades 4th through 8th this Sunday, November 17th will be the last day to sign up. Workshops will be; Script; Music; Costumes & Props

Pageant Commitment dates are:

Sunday’s Nov. 17th, Dec 1st, 8th, 15th 10:45 to noon Dec. 22nd after service rehearsal and pageant Dec. 24th at 4:00pm Our other grades opportunities are: Pre-K & Kindergarten sheep; 1st grade angels; 2nd & 3rd grade shepherds.

The Christmas Pageant is on Tuesday, December 24th at 5pm. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

One Room School House Grades 1st through 3rd will be going to class after chalice lighting in chapel  for lesson on UU ID. Grades 4th through 8th planning for Holiday Pageant Workshops; We will be signing up students 4th -8th grades interested in being part of  our Christmas Pageant on Tuesday, December 24th at 5pm.  Please save the date Sunday, December 15th After our Holiday One Room School House we invite all RE Families to please join us for our “Stress Free” Holiday Pot Luck Lunch after the morning service.

Sunday, November 3rd

One Room School House Haunted Chapel 1st through 8th grade High School overnight November 2 & 3rd! Part of the fun will be creating a Haunted Chapel for the younger RE Students to enjoy on November 3rd.

October 2013

“Come, Come, Whoever You Are…” 

The RE Ministry wants to thank everyone that answered the call to volunteer for Religious Education.  We have a wonderful year planned for all of our youth, pre-k through twelfth. Everyone is encouraged to come and join us as part of the UUA Faith Formation initiative that calls on our beloved community to be part of the Web of RE Ministry. Beyond that it is important to remember that “It is truly a gift to look into the eyes of a beloved child and see the future that you are creating.” Thank you for volunteering! As part of “Our UU Identity” theme we went back to basics. This rotation we are learning each other’s names and why UU’s wear name badges. We encourage everyone to help us by please wearing your name badge. We are also learning about UU Covenants, Principles and Sources and Sacred Practices like journaling. During one of the “For All Ages” in the sanctuary we created a Covenant between Religious Education and our Congregation.  This covenant strengthens our teachings to our youth that “A covenant is a promise that members of a congregation make to one another, transforming them from a collection of individuals to a faith community…” (UU “Welcome”Primer.) In the covenant we promised Unconditional Love towards one another, to keep each other Safe, Trust, Respect, and ask Questions… We also “will be nice to one another and work as a group,” while “keeping our hands to ourselves and not spread germs” and most importantly “Follow the rules of the covenant.” Oh, and yes Chaperone sleepovers, (we’ll be calling you soon ;)…and very important, LISTENing! Coming together and learning to worship together is part of Religious Education and a Sacred Practice. We encourage everyone and especially all our students and their families to come on October 13th to the monthly Intergenerational service. This month we will also be having our Halloween Parade & Carnival on October 27th. We encourage all our students to wear their costumes on that day, (no gory customs please.)The first High School Youth Group field trip is on October 20th.  They will be going on their yearly Bruce Freeman Bike Trail Clean Up.  We are also planning on our first High School overnight on November 2 & 3rd where part of the fun will be creating a Haunted Chapel for the younger RE Students to enjoy on November 3rd. We’re still encouraging our HS youths to join us on Friday nights from 6:45 to 8:45. I hope that “WE,” (“RE”) can encourage all our students to join us on Sunday mornings and at all our events. Also, don’t forget we encourage you to please come and volunteer for RE!

Same Page Context 🙂

It is important to encourage our youth in their Spiritual, Ethical and Faith Development as part of their UU Identity formation. We all can encourage them to make a difference in the world by building their confidence and letting them know they are worthy and beloved members of our community. Many times in today’s hectic world all we can do, is to encourage everyone: encourage-(Google) hearten, cheer, buoy up, uplift, inspire, motivate, spur on, stir, stir up, fire up, stimulate, invigorate, revitalize, embolden, fortify, rally; …buck up, pep up, give a shot in the arm to; promising, hopeful, auspicious, propitious, favorable, bright, rosy; heartening, reassuring, cheering, comforting, welcome, pleasing, gratifying, “an encouraging start” supportive, understanding, helpful; positive, responsive, enthusiastic, boosterish “my parents were very encouraging”

Sunday, October 27, 2013

RE Halloween Parade & Carnival! We are asking that all the children be dropped off in the Chapel at 10:30 am so we can get ready for the parade. All the children and (adults too) are invited to wear their costumes. No gory costumes please… If you want to join the fun and volunteer to decorate or help with the games for the Carnival please join us at 10am in the vestry.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Don’t forget to wear your Name Badges ! This Sunday Our One Room School House is about Our UU ID. Part of our UU Id is knowing about our Covenants, Sources and Principles and each others. It is about coming together as a community. For Our Collection during the One Room School House we will be supporting along with the  Faith and Action Ministries the Grad Family in their fundraising efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information please refer to the October Shooting Star. Also This Sunday the High School Group will be going on the annual Bruce Freeman Bike Trail clean-up.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

This Sunday is a Musical Intergenerational Service celebrating the music of Pete Seeger! Coming together and learning to worship together is part of Religious Education and a Sacred Practice. We encourage everyone and especially all our students and their families to join us for this musical and fun service.

SMILE!

Pictures Please!

We are asking all RE Students to please bring in a picture of

themselves or with their family to put on our

RE Bulletin Board upstairs.

Unitarian Universalism

is a religion based on the ideas of community.

We are learning how

individuals make up our

community and that

everyone is beloved and matters.

9/15-Welcome!

Hope everyone had a wonderful summer and enjoyed the glorious weather.

The excitement is already building as our Religious Education Ministry starts planning and looking forward to an exciting year! This year Religious Education begins on Sunday, September 15th with all of RE having our first Chalice Lighting out on The Commons.  Everyone is invited to gather with us and share in the spirit of love & hope for a wonderful year. Our Religious Education Ministry theme for 2013-2014 will be “Our UU Identity.” We will be learning about core UU beliefs and practices and further exploring how they are part of our UU Identity beyond Sunday morning as part of our Faith, Spiritual and Ethical Formation. This year we are looking forward to enhancing the RE program in some areas. The adjustments will offer our students the opportunity to flourish based on their spiritual and cognitive developmental stages.  We will be shifting the workshops to grades 4th through 8th grade. For our younger grades Pre-K to 3rd grade, we will be introducing a curriculum that will provide more of a UU foundation by focusing on core Unitarian Universalist basic core teachings. This shift is in alignment with the appropriate Cognitive and Spiritual Developmental Stages of our Children. However, even if our 7 & 8th graders will be part of the Workshop Rotations they will continue to have their own distinct nuance. For these grades we will be incorporating special events like field trips to neighboring churches and in-house social action projects.  Part of the in-house social action will be a book drive for the Lowell Morey Elementary School and we also will be collecting used up Crayola Markers for recycling. In addition to the High School Group meetings on Sunday mornings we have our UU High School Friday Night Youth Group which will resume meeting on Friday, the 13th of September for a special session from 6:45 to 10pm.  This year we are also running COA & OWL programs on alternate Sunday afternoons and possibly having an additional Drama Group for ages 7th-12th for any youths that are not in COA or OWL. Beyond these programs there will be Special Events like Social Action events, a Haunted House, Field Day  a Holiday Winter Pageant and RE Sunday Milestone Ceremony. As you can tell we are planning to have another exciting year and are counting on our wonderful volunteers!  I want to thank everyone for giving me the honor and privilege to serve our youth and all the wonderful members of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Chelmsford for another year.   Gratefully, Dolores GHeredia-Wood Director of Religious Education & Youth Programs; [email protected]

IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

The RE Registration and Information Packets for 2013-2014 will be e-mailed/mailed during the week of September 1st.   Also, in order for our students and congregation to flourish it is important that all of us want to make sure that we offer them the safest environment possible.  That is why we are very pleased that the Standing Committee on April 2013 approved the implementation of the CORI policy for all RE Volunteers starting in 2013-2014. Along with the Safe Child Policy we will be asking that all RE Volunteers fill out the form at the beginning of the year.  If you have not filled out the forms already for this year, they will be available at the RE table during the coffee hour after the Flower Communion Service on September 8th   or contact me (Dolores.)  Lastly, but very important…   There are still opportunities to become part of the Religious Education Ministry. We especially need guides to come and have fun with grades 4th through 8th.

Please  contact me to make arrangements at [email protected] available weekends & evenings Please note: Allergies are a shared responsibility. We have students with nut and other allergies. Parents with students with allergies, please make sure students make others aware of their allergies. Thank-You!

 

2017-2018 Information, Calendar & Registration

UU Religious Faith Formation Information Packet:

2017-2018 REFF Information Packet.9.6

UU Religious Faith Formation Calendar:

2017-18(-) Calendar Website 9.17

Registration

Option 1-Print and return to RE office or Mail to:

First Parish UU, 2 Westford Street Chelmsford MA 01824

Please click on link for Registration Form: 2017-18 REFF Registration Form.docx

Option 2-Fill/copy/paste/e-mail option:2017-18 REFF Registration Form.docx

UU Religious Faith Formation Information Packet:2017-2018 REFF Information Packet

E-mail to [email protected]