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Coming Up in Religious Exploration – April 2018

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

 

Coming up in RE for April 2018 – This month in religious exploration, the children of First Parish will be focusing on the idea that humility is not thinking less of yourself but instead is thinking of yourself less. Affirming the inherent worth and dignity of all people is one of our core principles because as UUs we recognize that there is nothing noble about considering yourself to be above your fellow man. Using a mix of discussion, arts and inquiry, science, popcorn theology and more, the children of FPS will have a chance to explore humble origins and personal growth. From the tiniest seed or cell to the largest of beings, all the world is worthy of consideration and appreciation!

 

Please note that the weekend of April 8th, the explorers class ages 8-16 will not be held. If children attending wish to go to RE this Sunday they may leave and join the other children’s activities in Spirit play with Bailey & Luka!

 

If you are interested in signing up to volunteer with the children and youth of First Parish please email the DRE Michele Barkhauer at the following address:

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Religious Exploration – Easter Sunday

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

“Easter…the only time of the year it’s a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket!”

The children of RE are asking for your help! Sunday, April 1st, 2018 – marks Easter Sunday at First Parish.These next two weeks leading up to Easter there will be a donation box located just outside Parish Hall for people to donate canned dog or cat food for Buddy Dog rescue in Sudbury. Food may be of any brand or quantity, but must be canned/sealed. 

 

Easter Egg Hunt – During our usual coffee hour on Easter, all children who attend First Parish are invited to take part in the egg hunt hosted by RE. Three hundred eggs filled with treats will be hidden outside of FPS in the memorial garden as well as around the playground, and children will be allowed to start the hunt after a quick briefing on the rules! A special area will be roped off for our littlest UU’s from the Nursery so that they can have a fun and safe experience as well. Children may bring their own egg hunting baskets, but a table with colorful bags and art supplies will be provided for any child who needs a bag or would like to decorate a bag.  

 

Please Note: Not all treats are suitable for children with allergies and may contain nuts, dairy, etc. Be mindful of what they find in the eggs if your child has food allergies. 

 

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Religious Exploration March 18th

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

 

Spirit Play: TBA

Explorers:  This week our UU explorers will be working on a creative writing project centered within our monthly theme of transformation. They’ll get a chance to use their imaginations as well as take part in a discussion continued from last week on the hidden changes we can’t necessarily see within the world and ourselves. This project will continue to unfold in the coming weeks as part of our free to be me wall collaboration.

Nursery care: Our littlest UUs will have their class as usual in the SED room on the first floor.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Helping shape the lives of our younger members is important, and as a community we are tasked with that shaping. Each person who takes part in planning activities, hosting classes, or providing care and direction to our children and youth, plays an integral role in each child’s life here at FPS. RE is always in need of volunteers within Nursery, Spirit Play, and Explorers. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, or would like to sign up, please email the Director of Religious Exploration, Michele Barkhauer at:   

 

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Coming Up In RE: March 2018

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

 

Coming Up In RE: March 2018: This month in Religious Exploration, our children will be moving forward with the theme of “Transformation”. With Spring on the horizon, there’s no better time to begin talking about the transformation of seasons, of ideas, and of all living beings great and small. Our Explorers this month will be focusing on our first UU principle, affirming the inherent worth and dignity of all people, by looking at ways in which we each transform over time, and how we help others to do the same. We’ll be using stories, art, and even science to observe the physical world and how a small act can cause an immense change. The UU humanist teachings counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, so we have some pretty entertaining and enlightening science experiments about transformation planned over the coming weeks! The children who take part each week in Spirit Play will be hearing stories and taking part in activities that help them to engage in independent thinking and problem solving and allow their understanding of our UU principles to grow while continuing to foster their creativity.

Nursery care: Our littlest UUs will have their class as usual in the SED room on the first floor.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Helping shape the lives of our younger members is important, and as a community we are tasked with that shaping. Each person who takes part in planning activities, hosting classes, or providing care and direction to our children and youth, plays an integral role in each child’s life here at FPS. RE is always in need of volunteers within Nursery, Spirit Play, and Explorers. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, or would like to sign up, please email the Director of Religious Exploration, Michele Barkhauer at:   

 

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Religious Exploration March 4th

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Please Note: Due to the interest voiced by some of the children and parents of RE, this week at First Parish we will be having an intergenerational service so that our families with children are able to stay in the sanctuary and enjoy the music of our guests, Southern Rail! Any children who wish to take part in another activity outside of sanctuary may be dropped off in the first floor SED classroom before the service starts. Everyone have a wonderful week and we’ll see you Sunday!

Nursery care: Our littlest UUs will have their class as usual in the SED room on the first floor.

 

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Religious Exploration February 25th

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

 

Please Note: RE is in need of adult volunteers! Our RE classes are a great time of learning and growth for the children of First Parish, and our children benefit greatly from the amazing support and instruction provided by our volunteers. If you are available either to lead or assist in Nursery or Spirit Play, please contact the DRE:

Spirit Play: TBA

Explorers: The ancient Greek’s held a belief that there are eight distinct types of love. During this Sunday’s exploration, we will be talking about the concept of “Philautia” or self-love. The Greeks understood that in order for us to be able to care for others we must first learn to care for ourselves. This type of self-love is the antithesis of selfish, vain love or self-obsession because it focuses on the Buddhist philosophy of self-compassion, and of spreading care and love by first being comfortable in one’s own skin. You cannot share what you do not have, and love is no different. Love must start  with the self before you can love anyone else.

As a side note: we will also begin planning/discussion participation in the annual Family Promise Walk-

Nursery care: Our littlest UUs will have their class as usual in the SED room on the first floor.

 

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