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Religious Exploration April 14th & Easter!

Easter Sunday- This year’s Easter Sunday will include bag decorating for the children of First Parish followed by our annual Easter Egg Hunt outside (weather permitting) located behind the church on the playground and in and around the Memorial Garden. The children will have a chance to hunt for over four hundred eggs filled with treats and surprises! Please be aware that some egg will have products containing nuts and other possible allergens to those with food sensitivities so if your children have these sensitivities please check their eggs as they open them!
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Religious Exploration April 14th – Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration. This Sunday the children of Religious Exploration will get a chance to decorate their own Easter eggs as we discuss life, our own origins, and what individuality looks like!
Annual Canned Food Drive- Per our First Parish Tradition, there will be a box located downstairs on the main level dedicated to canned food donations! Our annual canned food drive is just gearing up so don’t forget to bring your donatable canned goods with you on Sunday.
Please Note – Religious Exploration at First Parish is in need of adult volunteers to lead and assist in spirit play and nursery! Please contact us at if you are able to volunteer!
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Religious Exploration April

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Religious Exploration– What does it mean to be whole? Each week those that welcome us to First Parish invite us to bring our “whole selves” to our meetinghouse but how many of us understand what it means to be unified with the self, complete, or whole? This month the children of First Parish will be exploring the concept of the “whole self”, discussing what that means and untangling the many pieces that make us unique individuals. All about self-exploration, this month’s goal is to allow each of us to explore what makes us…well…us! Through a variety of expressive art exercises, games, discussions, and readings, the children will begin to put a voice to who and what they think they are, while at the same time learning about the inherent worth and dignity of those around them. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity for self-growth in April!
Please Note – Religious Exploration at First Parish is in need of adult volunteers to lead and assist in spirit play and nursery! Please contact us at if you are able to volunteer!
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Religious Exploration – Finishing Up Neighboring Faiths

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Religious Exploration– This week the children of Religious Exploration at First Parish will be closing out their unit on Catholicism with a look at the rituals known as the seven sacraments: baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, anointing of the sick, confession, holy orders, and matrimony. Our own UU practices have similar and different practices and we will be exploring those as we build our final religion board!
Please Note – Religious Exploration at First Parish is in need of adult volunteers to lead and assist in spirit play and nursery! Please contact us at if you are able to volunteer!
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Religious Exploration March 24th

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Religious Exploration– Last Sunday the children had popcorn theology class to begin exploring, in a contemporary way, the stories found in the Bible. Our study of Catholicism this weeks will be all about the myths and legends of a faith. We will hear about: The Creation myth, Noah’s Ark, Adam & Eve, Joseph’s Coat, David & Goliath, and Jonah in the belly of the fish. The children will see how things like Joseph’s story, or the story of Passover are shared among the religions we’ve learned about and how they tie together as well as how they relate to our own UU principles. As we head towards Easter/Passover, we are working on a special crossover event between our own Religious Exploration classes and those at Beth El. I hope to see you all Sunday!
Please Note – Religious Exploration at First Parish is in need of adult volunteers to lead and assist in spirit play and nursery! Please contact us at if you are able to volunteer!
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Religious Exploration for March

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Religious Exploration– This month our exploration of other religions continues; we are moving forward into our study of Catholicism. Last week we wrapped up Islam and reviewed our time spent on Judaism, this week brings new iconography, cultural practices, and rituals. The Roman Catholic church is the largest in the world with approximately 1.3 billion Catholics baptized worldwide as of 2016; what makes us similar and what sets us apart? This month the children of First Parish will find out!
Please Note – Religious Exploration at First Parish is in need of adult volunteers to lead and assist in spirit play and nursery! Please contact us at if you are able to volunteer!
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