Please join RE families for a get together this Sunday, October 21st in the Parish Hall from 4:30 to 6:00. Come and decorate a lantern or finish your own, share supper and go parade. Pizza will be provided.
This Sunday, September 16, is registration and kick off for 2012 – 2013 Sunday Morning Children’s RE classes.
We will have gathering activities for all children from 10:50 to 12:00 (or the end of morning worship.) Then, for those children old enough to be interested, there will be a tour of the church building and grounds from 12:00 – 12:20 pm. Please contact George Wardle (617-327-2868) to register your children for the new year if you are not attending on September 16.
Sunday, September 23 will begin a unit on Emily Greene Balch, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who grew up in this church, with a story and a walk to where her family lived. (Weather permitting.)
7 to 8 pm: Second Meeting reviewing what we want of our Religious Education program. Parents, teachers, future parents, interested members, are all invited to the discussion. At our last meeting, we discussed:
- parent expectations,
- involving more members of the congregation beyond the parents
- having adult classes at the same time as children’s classes
- starting children’s classes earlier than church
- at what age young people might begin attending the regular worship service
- creating a survey to get more feedback and ideas.
We need your thoughts. George Wardle will be facilitating.
8 to 9:30 p.m. CHOIR REHEARSAL
Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein
There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.
Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.
Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
For me, this essential poem by Shel Silverstein has always been about beginnings, about possibilities. It’s not so much that the sidewalk ends, that a childhood marker of safety and play yields to the less predictable, less secure street of constant motion, to the culture of speed and uncertainty; it’s not that we must surrender childhood innocence at a border checkpoint, that we must leave behind the days when we walked down streets trying to avoid all the cracks, when we marveled at the indistinction between flowers and weeds, when inside a weeping willow was an enchanted forest and a puddle of water an ocean bridging unknown worlds; it’s not that we must say good-bye or even hell-o to friends, spaces or opportunities; it’s not even that two roads diverged in a wood and we were asked to choose. It’s rather a call, an invitation to watch where the chalk-white arrows go. But don’t ask me: ask one who knows… “For the children they mark, and the children they know, the place where the sidewalk ends.”
Thank you for three wonderful years as Director of Religious Education: may we follow our chalk-white arrows and hope together for many more years of something else.
Mick Hirsch, Director of Religious Education, writes:
This past Sunday, our inaugural group of “Neighboring Faiths” kids shared with the congregation their experience over the month of January studying Judaism. Our 10-13 year olds were most excited about their visit to a neighborhood Jewish temple, Nehar Shalom, just down the street from First Church in JP. From that visit, where we were welcomed to a “good Shabbos!” our kids treated our own congregation to a special treat: they taught us how to sing the signature spiritual of the Civil Rights Movement, “We Shall Overcome,” in Hebrew! Needless to say, both the kids and the congregation did a great job singing through the transliterated text.
Next Sunday, February 5, our Neighboring Faiths class will begin a month-long segment on Buddhism.
Mick Hirsch, First Church’s Director of Religious Education, writes:
Today marked the beginning of our Winter term in Religious Education at First Church. With special thanks to Larry Zaborski, Laura McCord, David Gdula and Andrea Crawford, the morning was a great success! What made today particularly exciting was the debut of our third class offering, the Neighboring Faiths program designed for 11-13 year olds. Our program is strengthening – now, we are in an optimal position to grow!!
The Winter term calendar is now available at this link, and from the drop-down menu above.
If you are interested in volunteering to teach a class, please contact Mick Hirsch, Director of Religious Education.
“R.E.” Committee members and other members of our community interested in religious education are invited to the R.E. Committee meeting on Sunday, December 18, at 9:30 a.m., at the church.
We will discuss the changes to the R.E. Program that are taking place this winter. These include plans for who will be teaching, roles that committee members can play in the expanded program, getting families to commit to a calendar of R.E. sessions, the revitalized youth program, and better integration of our R.E. program in our adult congregational service.
Special thanks to Thalia McMillion (director), Ellen McGuire (music director), Janna Frelich (soloist), Robert Amelio (narrator), and Mick Hirsch (Director of Religious Education) for making this year’s pageant such a wonderful event.
Thanks also to Helen Selle and her intrepid band of tree seekers whose trip to Sutton, New Hampshire brought us the lovely trees decorating the sanctuary.
Larry Zaborski, chair of the Religious Education Committee, writes:
I know that many of your children will be in attendance tomorrow morning (10:00) at the Dress Rehearsal for the 2011 Christmas pageant.
Please consider joining Mick Hirsch (our Director of Religious Education) and me in the Parish Hall while your kids rehearse in the Sanctuary. The Religious Education committee is updating the curriculum for this Winter Term, and we would like to discuss these important changes, seeking your advice and assistance.
Coffee and Dunkin Munchkins on me!
8:00 a.m. Tree-Cutting Expedition to Muster Field Farm. The carpool will leave from the Church. Click here for more information.
10:00-11:30 a.m. Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal. In the Sanctuary. Please have your lines memorized. Update: Parents are invited to a discussion in the Parish Hall with the Religious Education Committee concerning curriculum while their children rehearse.
Inspired by the all-Church retreat on November 5, the Religious Education Committee invites everyone — both Committee members and the wider Church community — to a discussion of the future of our early childhood and middle-school programs.
This meeting is open to all — parents, non-parents, parents of former attendees, future parents, etc.
We hope to discuss both near-term plans — for example, how do we take advantage of our various holiday activities to advertise the Religious Education program? — and the larger role of children and religious education in the First Church community.
This meeting will held in the Morse Room in the Church at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 20. Contact Committee chair Larry Zaborski (email@example.com) with any questions.