Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation


It was with regret that I accepted Alex Nichipor’s resignation from the position of Pre-school/ Kindergarten Lead Teacher week before last. Alex has been a wonderful asset to the CRE program since October. She has provided the consistency that our very youngest children require to be comfortable in the classroom each week. Alex recently accepted a full-time position with a non-profit in Wellesley and, although she very much wanted to keep teaching our pre-k/k classes, it soon became apparent that it didn’t allow her much needed time for adjusting to several concurrent changes in her life. Alex’s last Sunday on the job will be April 3rd, please stop in and thank her for her service to our community and wish her well that day.
     The timing of Alex’s departure coincides with the conclusion of the Chalice Children curriculum. The following week, April 10th, the pre-k/k classes start “Spirit Play” and this runs for 10 weeks through June 12th. As in the past, Eleanor Sugarman will lead Spirit Play at 9 am, ably assisted by her husband Jim in the “door-keeper” role. Obviously, since Alex is no longer our lead teacher, we have a very desperate need for two additional people from the congregation to step-up and fill the roles of story-leader and door-keeper at 11 a.m. Both Charlotte and Eleanor will serve as a resource to the other teacher-volunteers. There is also a manual that you can use as a reference guide.
     Spirit Play is a Montessori-based curriculum with a specific structure centered around story-telling and “work” time. Eleanor Sugarman has produced the “baskets” for each of the lessons in the series. If you want to learn more about Spirit Play, talk to Eleanor or Charlotte. Kate Searle and Melissa Irion have also helped to teach these lessons to the children last year and can tell you about their experience with the curriculum and its structure.
     Please contact me ASAP, if you can teach these last ten weeks of the church-year.

Mark Your Calendars – Events of Interest to Families

  • Forty to None Day, April 27th. According to True Colors, “approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), yet LGBT young people make up less than 7% of the general youth population.” The goal of True Colors is to reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none ( If you are interested in helping to organize an event at FCB, contact Jess Hicks.

CRE Volunteer Opportunities for All at FCB

  • Sign up to teach in any of the CRE classes on Sunday mornings: You will need to have recent background check (done by FCB in the last 2 years) or submit a new one using the form on-line:
  • 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 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.

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 Children’s Religious Education page of the FCB website ( 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: Tues-Weds, 10am-6pm. E-mail:

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