Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

I noticed that the city crews are vacuuming up all of the leaves on the town green which is adjacent to the church; I’m so glad that I got outside on Sunday with the 1st and 2nd grade classes to play in the piles of leaves there. Part of their lesson, which began with Dr. Seuss’s Oh The Thinks You Can Think, involved taking a walk outside and finding things to wonder about.

     I wonder what it is about a pile of leaves that invites us to scuff through it, kicking the leaves up? I wonder why a pile of leaves is irresistible for falling into and getting buried in them or gathering up armfuls to toss at each other? I wonder why anyone would think they are too old to play?

     It’s far too fun not to play. I saw somewhere this week that human beings are hard-wired to play. We are meant to play. I guess that’s why both of the two non-parent volunteers who helped out in the Nursery this past Sunday chose to stay and play with the infants, when one of them could have gone back up to the sanctuary for the worship service. I hope others will decide that they would like to do some playing and sign-up to assist Denise in the Nursery (see below).

     CRE is also coordinating opportunities for families to participate in worship services by lighting the chalice. Maybe you’ve seen a couple of the current Parish Board members and their children lighting the chalice and wondered if your family could do that? You can. Just click on the link below.

     We also need children to help with passing out this year’s Guest-At-Your-Table (GAYT) boxes on November 22nd. There’s a sign-up link for that in the next section as well. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee raises funds and educates congregations about it human rights work annually through the Guest-At-Your-Table program. It begins the week of Thanksgiving and continues through the winter holiday season of giving. You and your family share your blessings by putting money into the GAYT box when you sit down at the table for meals.

CRE Opportunities for All at FCB

  • On Sunday, November 22nd several upper-elementary and middle-school age children are needed at each worship service to pass out the UUSC Guest-At-Your Table boxes, please sign-up using this link: You will receive an e-mail reminder.
  • Would your family like to lead the Chalice Lighting during the worship service one Sunday this year? CRE is coordinating this effort to involve families in this element of the worship service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Click on this link to sign-up: You will receive an e-mail reminder.
  • Non-parent teacher-volunteers are needed to assist our Childcare Provider, Denise Azar, in the Nursery at 9 and 11 am each Sunday. You can easily sign-up for this volunteer opportunity here: You will receive an e-mail reminder.
  • Register today for 8th Grade OWL All families with current 8th graders should have received an e-mail from about registering for OWL 8th, which begins in early January, and requires a parent orientation in early December. If you have not received the e-mail please contact Wendy Conroy at the above address. Registration is open now for FCB families and will open soon to non-FCB families who are on the waiting list. If there is still space available, we notify our neighboring faith communities.

Special Activities for families in November:

  • Adult Programs presents documentary film “Growing Up Trans” on November 19th in the Parish Hall. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, screening starts at 7 pm and is followed by a panel Q&A. The film and discussion is suitable for middle school students and older.
  • Belmont Religious Council’s annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on November 22 at 7 pm in the FCB sanctuary. Bring non-perishable food items for the Belmont Food Pantry. Refreshments follow the service.
  • Children’s Religious Education Program Registration and Information:
  • If you haven’t registered your children for CRE, please do so ASAP using the registration link found on the CRE page of the FCB website (org/childrens-re/) which allows you to register children from birth through 12thgrade. All children must be registered for CRE.

~ Charlotte Lehmann, Acting Director of Children’s Religious Education

Office hours: Mon-Tues-Weds, 10 – 6. E-mail:

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