Come play with us… We are off to an exciting church year. Our pews are full with both returning parishioners and new-comers. The same is true in the church school. Our classrooms are over-flowing and there is such enthusiasm and energy in Hale Hall. Please consider joining our church school family.
Children’s religious education classes meet downstairs in Hale Hall during Sunday Worship service and a staffed nursery for children under 3 is available. Our Greeter will be glad to direct you.
Many special events take place during the year. These have included a Halloween Party, participating in the Heifer Project, raking leaves at Hale Farm, Mystery Friends tea party, Christmas Pageant.
Our theme in the church school is hospitality. This topic will mirror what Rev. Kelly will be discussing in the pulpit with ‘welcoming the stranger’. It is through hospitality that we welcome both strangers and friends into our church community. Through hospitality children learn to honor and respect others; an important part of the lessons learned at First Parish. While learning to be good hosts, the children will also be doing the following classes:
Celebrating Me and My World celebrates the wondrous qualities of the children and the world around them. This class provides children opportunities “to grow in their
sense of trust and caring and to develop their self-identity and their sense of connectedness with all life.”
K & 1st Grade Class
Creating Home helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. The class will explore questions about the purpose of having a home and the functions a home serves, for us as humans and for other animals. The program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles each of us play in the homes where we live. The program introduces the concept of a “faith home” — our congregation — which shares some characteristics with a family home. Like a family home, a faith home offers its members certain joys, protections, and responsibilities.
2nd & 3rd Grade Class
Timeless Themes explores stories from the bible, both New and Old Testament. Our faith has its roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions and our society draws heavily from their values. Familiarity with the Jewish and Christian Bibles is vital from both an ethical and a literary viewpoint.
4th & 5th Grade Class
A Kingdom of Equals, Jesus Radical Path to Love and Justice offers a Unitarian Universalist view on the life and teachings of Jesus.
6th & 7th Grade Class
The Gospel According to the Simpsons explores religion and morality through the eyes of one of today’s most popular TV families.