Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

Thank you for all of the heart-felt congratulations expressed over the last week. I am delighted with the new adventures on my horizon. Having spent two years with you here at First Church in Belmont working as the Acting Director of CRE, I feel well prepared to serve the UU Church of Tallahassee as their Interim Minister for the next 1-2 years. Their congregation will be making a transition from a long-tenured minister to calling their next settled minister under my guidance, but they approach it with strong programs in place, including the life-span religious education program, and great appreciation for all of their staff.

     In some ways, I’ll be in fairly familiar territory because First Church also has strong programs in place and shows their appreciation for staff regularly. Although my title has been “Acting Director”, I have really been doing the work of an interim religious educator, assessing the CRE program while assuring that it has continued to run smoothly. I have been preparing the way for your next settled CRE director. From the feedback I have received from many of you, I am leaving the program well situated for the arrival of new leadership in CRE.
     Although the hiring process hasn’t been completed at the time of this writing, I am confident that FCB will have an excellent CRE director in place when the 2016-17 church year begins.
     Regardless of who is hired, however, the congregation and its programs are owned by the members. It is up to all of you to make sure that they are the best they can be. That means registering your children for CRE, volunteering to teach, serve on the CRE committee or helping with special events that help include families in congregational life. It also means making regular church attendance a family priority and contributing financially so that the church can sustain all of what you love so much about this community. We’ll say our goodbyes at the annual picnic, but until then…
     Yours in faith,

~ Charlotte Lehmann, Acting Director of Children’s Religious Education
Office hours: Tues-Weds, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. E-mail:

Remaining CRE programs

  • June 5th, final Community Sunday and Children’s Chapel for Grades 1-6. Final collection of the children’s offering will be included in their donation to the New England Greyhound Rescue. Children will be cleaning the classrooms and getting them ready for summer and next fall. Building Bridges (Grade 7) wrap-up, Spirit Play (pre-K/K) and Nursery meet as usual.
  • June 12th, Flower Communion, multigenerational worship services at 9 am and 11 am. If your family would like to light the chalice or help with ushering, please contact the CRE Office ( The annual end-of-year fellowship picnic follows at 12:30 pm. Food and fun for all!

Children’s Religious Education Program Registration and Information:

  • Consider registering your children for CRE early for 2016-17 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 12 th grade. All children must be registered for CRE.
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