Hello First Parish!

Honoring our Church School Teachers (above photo)

It's been a wonderful year, but we're coming right up on the end of our church year. Soon we'll be relaxing over the warm summer season, and many of our Sunday mornings will be filled with nature walks on our Fresh Air and Fellowship Sundays, new perspectives from our lay-led services, and events like the Regatta. But we still have another month of RE!

First up, on Friday, June 9 is our monthly Game Night Potluck where you bring your favorite food and games to share with your First Parish community. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30, but some folks stay even longer, so don’t hesitate to come over and bring some friends too!

Our First Parish Youth Group just had their last regular meeting, but there's still the End of Year Party on Sunday, June 11 at 1pm! This party is for all of our outgoing, and incoming youth for next year, so if you're going into 9th grade, this is a great opportunity to meet the folks you’ll be spending a lot of time with next year! The party will take place at the home of Scituate Youth Group advisor Veronica at 29 Mordecai Lincoln Rd, Scituate, MA 02066.

Next, you will not want to miss the last session of the Adult RE program "What We Choose" concluding on Tuesday, June 13 at noon. Whether it's deciding if it is ethical for every person to steal a single paperclip, or something a little more personal; UUs have a hard road to travel. We do not have a creed dictating what is right, so we must decide the best course for ourselves based off of the best sources we have. All are welcome, and the program is free of charge, so feel free to bring friends!

Some very exciting news is that we have teachers lined up for every class for the 2017-18 church year. While these teaching slots are filled, we still have space for extra folks who want to be involved in teaching. We have shifted to a new teaching schedule for the coming year, where each class will teach the entire year, however we have slotted in enough teachers for each class that each volunteer needs to lead only approximately one lesson per month. This will get even easier with more hands, so don’t hesitate to sign up if you’re a veteran teacher, you haven’t taught in years, and want to get back into it, or if it would be your very first time!

The overarching theme for all Sunday School classes next church year will be Unitarian Universalist Identity. This means that all Sunday School classes will be using curricula based around the historic figures of Unitarian Universalism and how our religion has developed over the centuries. As always, we’ll still discuss the important holidays and belief systems of a wide variety of religions, but the emphasis for the year will be placed on how we UUs fit into the world, and make it a better place.

Finally, don’t forget the RE Picnic, following our worship service on Sunday, June 18. Join us for lots of food, fun and time to gather as our whole community. The RE program (and many other friends and helpers) will provide tons of great sandwiches, salads and treats for all ages, so make sure to stay after church, and bring a friend too! If you’d like to help with setup, or make something to bring, talk with Elizabeth Robey or myself.

Thank you to everyone who has made this such an amazing year. I can’t wait to see you all at church!

I can’t wait to see you all at church!

Julian Baptista
Director of Religious Education