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DRE Search 2014

The Search for Our Religious Educator

 Welcome

About You

Thank you for your interest in the Director of Religious Education (DRE) position at First Parish of Sudbury. This site will tell you a lot about us. And, what about you?

We are hoping that YOU:

  • Love children, Unitarian Universalism, and Religious Exploration,
  • Are a creative problem-solver and bring a Can-Do attitude to the work of our congregation and RE program,
  • Are flexible and can go in a new direction when that is needed,
  • Communicate well with people of all ages, orally and in writing,
  • Have a passion for justice and want to help young people to develop theirs, and
  • Want to work as part of a staff team in which each professional has an unique ministry and the team as a whole supports the congregation’s ministry.

About Our Religious Education Program

R.E. Committee Vision and Goals

With intention to honor the areas of focus chosen by the Trustees (to welcome, sustain, inspire, work for justice, and connect), the Religious Education program (DRE and RE Committee) will work toward the following goals:

  • Offer exciting programs for children, youth, and adults,
  • Inspire families to come and stay at First Parish,
  • Support individuals and families to play and connect more,
  • Recruit and nurture energetic volunteers,
  • Raise awareness of what is happening in RE,
  • Inspire children to work for justice,
  • Develop programming that encourages children to articulate how they make meaning in their lives,
  • Provide opportunities to expose children to a variety of practices that are spiritual and/or transformative,
  • Provide opportunities for children to share transformative experiences, and
  • Create welcoming and nurturing spaces for the children’s programming.

 RE brochure

RE Rites of Passage

About First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist

  • Photos of us doing what we do:  What We Do at FPSPhoto of Our Minister: Rev Dr Marjorie Matty, Photo of Our Meetinghouse: FPS Meetinghouse, Congregational Photo: All Together
  • Worship Overview: Most Sundays, FPS services follow a similar schedule.  After being greeted downstairs, all members, friends, visitors, and children go upstairs to be seated in the sanctuary. FPS services begin at 10:00 am. After the chalice lighting, the DRE leads a Message for All Ages, and then children and their guides, as well as the DRE, leave for RE at approximately 10:10 am. After the service, FPS congregants gather in the Parish Hall for Social Hour with coffee and snacks. The children complete RE at around 11:15 and then join their families in the Parish Hall.
  • Special Services: Each year from September to June, FPS plans special services. Many of these services are intergenerational, with children and youth staying for the entire service. Childcare for babies and toddlers is available.

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  • Here are some repeating annual special services at FPS. 

    • September: Ingathering service with water communion,
    • November:  Music Sunday,
    • December:   Revels,
    • January: Endings and Beginnings,
    • February:  Youth Sunday,
    • March: Pledge Drive,
    • April: Music Sunday, Easter/Passover, Youth Sunday,
    • May: Mother’s Day, Coming of Age, Spring Revels, and
    • June: Bridging/Graduation, RE Sunday, Flower Communion (final regular service and picnic.)

    In addition, FPS often deviates from the script during regular service to perform baby dedications, share a Cornbread Communion in the fall and a Chocolate Communion in February, and invite members of the congregation to speak from the pulpit.

    Here is another recent order of worship from FPS: 2014 02 16 Do Unto Others OS

  • Newsletters  At First Parish, email newsletters keep members and friends informed and inspired. Communication is both efficient and complete – we send out two forms by email. ENEWS is a weekly update in brief that describes events occurring each week; at the end, important upcoming events are listed.  The Connector offers a longer format with essays and event descriptions, including a Minister’s Column by Rev. Matty, a Religious Exploration column and news, Living Our Faith updates, and other announcements and event notices. Click here for some recent newsletters: April 2 2014; December 13 2013October 16 2013
  • FPS By-Laws
  • Our Mission and Covenant
  • FPS structure and initiatives
  • Living Our Faith brochure

Facts About Sudbury and Surrounding Towns

  • Historic Sudbury Sudbury is the 3rd oldest inland town in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Bounded by the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers, the greater Sudbury area supported a thriving Native American population of 10,000 people nearly 10,000 years ago.  In 1638, 56 Puritan families came from London on the ship Confidence and settled in Sudbury. The original settlement was in what is now Wayland, on the east side of the Sudbury River. By the end of the 17th century, many had settled on the west side, where present-day Sudbury stands.
  • First Parish History First Parish was gathered in 1640 on the east side of the Sudbury River. The meeting house was originally built in 1723 on what was called the Rocky Plain because of its rocks and thin soil, too poor for farming. The present building was built in 1797 using material from the original, smaller structure. First Parish is part of the Sudbury Centre Historic district, which includes 18th and 19th century churches and town buildings, a Revolutionary War cemetery, and a historic Town Pound. Find more information on First Parish History here.
  • Sudbury Today Sudbury’s current population is approximately 18,000 people who live in 24.6 square miles. Sudbury is 20 miles west of Boston and 26 miles east of Worcester.  Sudbury has 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and is home to Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. There are more than a dozen houses of worship in Sudbury.