Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

Spring really is here at long last and summer weather won’t be far behind!

     Please bear in mind that the Church is not responsible for the children’s health and safety when they are playing unsupervised on church grounds or adjacent property.
     The following was communicated in September and it’s time to remind you of our policy.

Important Biannual Reminder Regarding Free Time on FCB Playground from the CRE Committee:
The First Church in Belmont (FCB) staff and Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Committee wish to communicate that the church cannot under any circumstances be responsible for children playing in the stream behind the playground. Some children and families have gotten into the habit of going through the arbor vitae hedge along the property line between Powers Music and FCB to play in the water.
     The area in question is private property belonging to the Baker/Underwood Condominiums. So, in point of fact, the children are no longer on church property and are trespassing on private property.
     Whether they are back there with adult supervision or not, such activity is a safety risk and poses a liability to the congregation. This kind of activity becomes an insurance issue whether an accident happens or not.
     While we are strong advocates for children engaging in play outdoors/in nature, please limit outdoor play to church property.
     Again, please be advised that First Church in Belmont is not responsible for those children who play on the other side of the playground fence, nor does the First Church in Belmont encourage any such activity.
     Please play safely and respectfully. Remember to clean up after yourselves and let church staff know if you notice anything that needs attention or repair.
     Thank you.

~ Charlotte Lehmann

There are always volunteer opportunities in CRE for ALL at FCB; before the end of this church year, please consider:

  • 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:
  • Lead the Chalice Lighting during the worship service one Sunday. Click to sign-up: You will receive an e-mail reminder.
  • Assist our Childcare Provider, Denise Azar, in the Nursery at 9 and 11 a.m. each Sunday. You can easily sign-up here: com/sundaynursery. 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 12th grade. 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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