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Bring in your canned goods for Easter Food Drive and RE “Egg” Hunt

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

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“The egg of the happiness, touch that egg and make a wish” in front of a shop, Sofia, Bulgaria. By Apostoloff (Self-photographed) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Don’t forgot to bring in your canned goods either this Sunday or by the start of services on Easter Sunday! We are conducting our annual food drive for Easter Sunday, that will be donated to Open Table Food Pantry of Concord and Maynard.

Next Sunday on Easter, we will place all the canned goods outdoors in the yard right at 10am (or in the lower level classrooms in case of rain). During Religious Education we will move all together to the Commons for an Easter message and then, instead of the traditional egg hunt, the children will have the opportunity to look for the canned goods and then all will be brought to the Food Pantry.

Please bring the cans either this Sunday or by 10am Easter Sunday and leave them in the box in the hallway outside the Sanctuary before the service. Open Table offers some suggested items here, but all non-perishable food items are accepted.

 

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Religious Education April 9th

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

IMG_0279 IMG_0281This week we will gather all classes together to celebrate the return of spring by making fairy houses! We had so much fun with this last year — we thought about what it would be like to relate to the natural world if we were really REALLY tiny — precisely the size of a fairy! We then used collected natural objects, such as twigs, moss, sea shells, pine cones, and small rocks, to build little habitats and houses for the fairies. What sort of fairies do you think would like our houses? It is interesting to look at the natural world from a different perspective, to celebrate all things green and outdoors with the return of spring, and to think about nature as a place to call home…

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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Religious Education April 2nd

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia

This Sunday all RE classes are invited to hear the First Parish Youth Group lead the worship service in the sanctuary! This year their chosen theme is on Unity and we will hear 4 different perspectives as the youth share their thinking on this important subject.

Nursery Care will be provided, as well as a space for older kids who would prefer not to stay for the whole of the youth-led service.

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Religious Education March 26th

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Spirit Play heard the story of the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark last Sunday. It is a story that ends with a Covenant. As the rains ended God spoke a blessing, and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky. “This rainbow,” God said, “is a sign that never again will the world be destroyed by flood; and in times to come when I cloud the sky with rain, afterward you will see a rainbow, and you will remember my promise, a promise made to you and to every living creature in the world.”

UU Explorers will continue to explore tools and objects as metaphors for “tools” of our faith. This Sunday we’ll use a mirror as a symbol to teach about reflection as a tool we find in our Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about using reflection when we have difficult questions and need to think about the answers. And, we’ll talk about when, where, and how we take the time to listen inside ourselves for a still, small voice.

The children will learn that we often think of our own “still, small voice” as our conscience and that some people think of it as the voice of God. The group will hear the story, adapted from Hebrew scripture (I Kings 19:11-12), of the prophet Elijah and his experience hearing a “still, small voice.”

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness – Register/donate now for April 8th!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

Join our team or donate here. We have a dozen or so walkers already registered from our church and have raised over $1500. Let’s aim for 20 walkers and $2000!

Please join the First Parish of Sudbury team for the 8th annual “Walk to End Homelessness” on April 8, 2017, which supports the efforts of Family Promise Metrowest. Registration – 8:00 am – Walk begins at 9:00 am. Natick Community Senior Center (117 East Central Street, Natick). This is a family friendly and dog friendly event and short walk, suitable for any ages, and there will also be music, children’s crafts, face painting and much more!  Join the team and/or help us raise our goal of $2000! Please talk to our team leaders: Lucy Manlick (youth leader and team captain) or her mom, Valerie Tratnyek with any questions. We’ll discuss carpooling and meet up options closer to the event.

Family Promise is a community response to end family homelessness. Host congregations furnish temporary shelter in their churches, synagogues, and mosques on a rotating basis, volunteers provide meals, and paid staff work with the families until the parents have secured jobs and enough savings to move into a home of their own. More information here.

Our Youth Group has cooked meals, met with the families and helped with homework and just plain played with the kids at the rotating resident churches for the past 5 years.  This past Holiday season the Youth group held a bake sale which raised $592 for the families.  This will be our third year of walking. Last year we had about 9 walkers plus  a couple of dogs and raised $1105.

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Religious Education March 19th

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Spirit Play will learn a Yoruba creation myth. In the story, Obatala, a heavenly being, isn’t content in his heavenly abode, and so he creates a chain of gold on which to descend down to earth and create the world.

UU Explorers will look at the value of integrity and use a compass to symbolize integrity. We define as our inner moral compass a quality of Unitarian Universalist faith. We will discuss how we listen to our inner voices and what it feels like when our moral compass swings toward truth. We will emphasize that to discern what is right is often not easy.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

 

What’s very important to me is when Dumbledore says that you have to choose between what is right and what is easy. This is the setup for the next three books. All of them are going to have to choose, because what is easy is often not right. — J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, in Conversations with J.K. Rowling by Lindsay Fraser

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