I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful autumn season. It’s hard to believe that we are already approaching the holidays! I look forward to joy, peace, and community for all of us as we round out the end of the year.
Our Religious Education and Youth Group programs have been full of interesting and enriching activities for children, families, and First Parish parishioners. We had our first Friday Game Night and Potluck dinner, complete with excellent companionship, laughter, smiles, and excellent food! Please be on the lookout for our next potluck dinner. All are invited and of course, the more the merrier!
New England Wildlife Center was VERY thankful for our participation in their Halloween Festivities. First Parish family and friends carved 25 jack-o-lanterns, complete with a flaming chalice pumpkin! A wonderful time was had by all and everyone went home in one piece without any band-aids. Success! My car was temporarily turned into a pumpkin mobile, but it was well worth the perpetual smell of autumn to help out such a good cause!
Our Sunday school classes continue to be filled with smiling participants and thoughtful reflection. Several of our groups have been working to collaboratively determine what social action project they would like to complete. Ideas have included a toy drive, clothing drive, and/or visit to Cradles 2 Crayons. The best part of this is that the children are generating the ideas!
Our Neighboring Faiths class has been learning about the Baptist Church. They were graciously welcomed into the Messiah Baptist Church in Brockton last month. Reports were that the service was long, musical, and joyful. We send a huge thank you to Lorna Phillips for talking with the Neighboring Faith participants after their visit! The class’s next visit will be to Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham. As always, we are so thankful to our nearby faith communities for embracing our youth as they explore various beliefs and traditions.
Youth Group has been busy with several meetings and a visit to a flashlight corn maze in October. I was happy to emerge at the exit of the maze as the teens were confident that they did not need a map! But we made it and a fire pit and hayride awaited us on the other side. Youth Group held a movie night and game night in October. Watching an “ancient” movie from the nineties (Sleepy Hollow) with the teens entertained me and made me feel my decades at the same time.
We are in the process of planning for MINI-SESSIONS which runs from January 14 to February 18, 2018 (6 weeks total). Please reach out to Jessie if you are at all interested in working with our students during this time. You don’t need to be a teacher, artisan, or professional anything! The children just enjoy working with various members of our church community and engaging in a fun and interesting program for 6 weeks. Ideas are limitless. Share your passion and joy with the youngest First Parish parishioners! Their energy will rub off on you and we’ll be building community in the process!
Director of Religious Education