Welcome Volunteers & Cori Policy/ Health and Safety Guidelines

2014-15 URUUWelcome  all our wonderful volunteers! 

For RE UU Faith Formation Volunteer Handbook please click link:       

 2018-19 RE Faith Formation Volunteer Training Handbook        

Volunteer Schedule Nov. & Dec. 2018 please click link and scroll down (2pgs): 

2018-19 (+) Volunteer Management 10.30

UU “RE” Faith Formation Volunteering Opportunities:

2018-19 Theme is “Embracing Change”

Please stop by the “RE” Faith Formation office upstairs or stop by “RE” table on Sunday’s during Social Hour for more information. You can also contact Dolores GHeredia-Wood the “DRE” of Faith Formation & Youth Programs at [email protected]

Cooperative UU Religious Faith Formation Program

The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Religious Faith Formation Program is a cooperative endeavors in which all families are expected to participate. We need volunteers in order to have a successful program. We request that every parent/caregiver assist in some way during the year. Opportunities vary and require different time commitments. When applicable, training is provided. Please contact Dolores GHeredia-Wood, DREFF&YP.

We invite the entire First Parish UU Community to be part of our vision in the Religious Faith Formation of our youth in being Unitarian Universalist beyond Sunday mornings by volunteering and bravely engaging in Ethical and Spiritual Action and role modeling the virtues of being a Unitarian Universalist


“Virtues” are attitudes, dispositions, or character traits that enable us to be and to act in ways that develop this potential. They enable us to pursue the ideals we have adopted. Honesty, courage, compassion, generosity, fidelity, integrity, fairness, self-control, and prudence are all examples of virtues…
How does a person develop virtues? Virtues are developed through learning and through practice…
Virtues are habits. That is, once they are acquired, they become characteristic of a person…
At the heart of the virtue approach to ethics is the idea of “community”. A person’s character traits are not developed in isolation, but within and by the communities to which he or she belongs, including family, church, school, and other private and public associations. As people grow and mature, their personalities are deeply affected by the values that their communities prize, by the personality traits that their communities encourage, and by the role models that their communities put forth for imitation through traditional stories, fiction, movies, television, and so on. The virtue approach urges us to pay attention to the contours of our communities and the habits of character they encourage and instill.
The moral life, then, is not simply a matter of following moral rules and of learning to apply them to specific situations. The moral life is also a matter of trying to determine the kind of people we should be and of attending to the development of character within our communities and ourselves.
Excerpt from: Ethics and Virtues:                                                                                                                                                                        Developed by Manuel Velasquez, Claire Andre, Thomas Shanks, S.J., and Michael J. Meyer; Issues in Ethics V1 N3 (Spring 1988)

RE UU Faith Formation Group Leaders: RE UU Faith Formation Group Leader Pre-K to 7th –                                      

2018-19 Groups:

Pre-K to K: TBD/ABP; 1st to 7th: TBD/ABP depending on Activities meet in Chapel or assigned rooms. Leaders are a team of 2 or 3 volunteers, providing stability and a familiar face for children in each group. Provided agenda includes chalice lighting; reflection/meditation; and an activity based on the theme/topic. We use many resources including the UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum and Soul Matters. Time commitment varies to once or twice a month throughout the year.

RE UU Faith Formation Chapel Days: Leaders: Theme and Activities developed between DREFF& YP and Chapel Leaders. During Chapel Days the focus is worship, incorporating spirituality and ethics. Time commitment is once a month, with exception of Holiday Season.

Chapel Buddies: Assist in maintain an environment conducive to worship and assisting youth develop a sense of belonging by encouraging them to participate. They also assist with snacks and preparations if necessary.

Nursery Substitute (0-3 year olds): Nursery substitutes help out in the nursery on days when our regular nursery care providers are unable to make it in.

Other opportunities:

REFF Sunday Morning Cup Washing: Volunteers take turns washing/sanitizing cups used in the on Sunday mornings during snack.

Field Trip Drivers/Chaperones: over age 25; driver license & insurance required

Special Events Volunteers: Halloween; Holiday Pageant; Ice Cream Social; Field Day; Milestones, etc.

Super Hero volunteers to the rescue!

 Please contact Director of RE Faith Formation & Youth Progams for Opportunities: [email protected]

*We recommend that parents expand their volunteering options and teach in groups other than their own children’s. It can be much easier to be present and enjoy yourself if you are not wearing a parenting and leading at the same time. Leading different groups give you and your child an opportunity to meet and connect with other members of our intergenerational community at first parish. We especially look for non-parents to work with our 7th – 12th graders. If you have questions or concerns about this recommendation, please talk with Director of RE Faith Formation & YP, Dolores GHeredia-Wood.

RE Faith Formation Volunteer Cori Policy

CORI & National Background Check Policy Information:

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 June 2018 approved the implementation of the CORI policy (2013) and National Background Check for all “RE” Faith Formation Volunteers starting in 2018-2019. This is in addition to the Safe Child Policy Code of Conduct  that all “RE” Volunteers sign before they volunteer. Please note our priority is all of our children’s safety and to assure this, in many congregations it has become standard procedure as part of their Safe Child Policy.  If you have any questions or want us to forward you the First Parish of Chelmsford approved CORI/Nat’l background please contact Director of Religious Education & Youth Programming Dolores GHeredia-Wood.

Please click Links for FPC Safety Policy and Volunteer required Code of Conduct:

INS 2018 REFF FPC Safety & Health Policy

INS 2018 -FPC-Code-of-Conduct.rv.2018.4.22 REC


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