All are welcome at the Lenten Workshop/Meet the Easter Bunny on Sunday March 18th. Beginning directly after adult worship, families are invited to enjoy a light brunch provided by the RE committee while enjoying some crafts and meeting the Easter Bunny. As always, there is no cost to participate and all crafts are offered at various levels of difficulty to accommodate the diverse ages. This event will be advertised within the community - invite your friends!!
As part of the third grade curriculum, students will use class time over the month of March, to design and create their own stoles. They will need to pick meaningful symbols, copy and cut it from felt and attach it to a long strip of felt which will be worn around their necks. Given the involved nature of this project over several weeks, it is imperative that grade three students attend classes in March.
Lots of changes are coming in the RE – now CE (Christian Education) program! Behind the scenes, an energetic cross cut group from the church (including deacons, trustees, BoM, technology committee, parents, Sunday School teachers, and those without youth in the program) are revamping the program for next year. What are these changes you ask?
1. Given that at TCC we don’t teacher religion as a whole but instead offer a comprehensive Christian Education, the first thing worth noting is the name change. Don’t be confused when you hear CE program instead of the RE program going forward.
2. There will be a new name attached to the Sunday School program - who wants to have more school on the weekend??? The name will be unveiled within the next couple of weeks.
3. Next year a new, updated curriculum will be used to educate our youth – 252 Kids produced by Orange. The focus will still be on learning about the Bible and what we can learn from the stories told in an updated, creative format. An overview of the program can be found here: http://thinkorange.com/assets/uploads/content/252B-Big_Picture_Overview.pdf
4. This group of 10+ people are working to update the educational wing and tower. Think fresh colors, new furniture, and exciting uses of the space! As the plans are solidified, more will be shared.
Want to get involved or learn more? See Sue Panilaitis.
Come join us on April 7th from 6-7:30 for a building wide Nerf party! Bring your own labeled nerf gun, eye protection and a friend for a night of fun. Standard nerf bullets will be provided by the CE committee, so please leave personal ones at home. The nerf game will be followed by drinks, pizza and dessert. In order to make sure we have the correct amount for all, please take a moment to sign up. Link can be found here.
Are you interested in serving in some capacity on Sunday mornings but worry that it will be hard to do so with younger ones in tow? Want to help with greeting? Setting up for coffee time? Singing in the choir?
RE is offering care for youth from 8:45-9:30 for anyone who is involved with prepping for the morning so parents can work without extra "help". Although we are using the nursery, all age kids are welcome to hang out during this time (there are some older kid activities that can be pulled out during this time). As the year goes forward, please feel free to use this service.
Enjoy a cup of coffee at Coffee Hour! In order to give teachers time to teach the Sunday School lesson, we are imposing a set 10:45 dismissal time from Sunday School. We hope this will provide you with time to enjoy some adult conversation without having to worry about your child. In order to make learning easier, please stay away from the classroom doors so your child can concentrate on the classroom activities. Doors will open when it is time to collect your child(ren).
Please take a moment to remind your children of the proper etiquette for cell phone use. While there is a time and place for communicating with friends via phone, we would prefer youth work on their social skills with those that are present in their classes. Please remind your children that as a member of our learning community, each student has a responsibility to other students. When students use cell phones, it disrupts the class.
As a result, we would like to remind youth who have cell phones that they need to be turned off or put in a silent mode during class time. Similar to public school, if a cell phone is used in class, teachers will remind the youth to put the device away. If the phone comes out again, teachers have the option of separating the phone from the youth.
Winter is here! When snow has fallen or is falling on Sunday, please be sure to check the church’s answering machine (978-851-9411), WHDH or WBZ, or check the church’s Facebook site to see if the church service has been delayed or cancelled. If you are part of the RE distribution List, an e-mail will be sent as well.
Are you interested in planning ahead? Thinking about booking vacations next year? To help facilitate the process, the RE program has outlined their 2017-2018 program year. While things are subject to change, we hope that having this information out to you sooner than later will be helpful and provide any guidance you need.Attached File: 252017-2018 RE Calendar.pdf
Have some questions about the RE program? Check out the RE Handbooklet. As the year progresses, I hope that the information contained here will help aid in your family’s journey: from birth and baptism, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Click on the attached document for an in-depth look at what is available to all at TCC.
Interested in registering your child for our tutition free program? Click on Sue Panilaitis' high lighted name at the top of this article to send a message to the Director of Religious Education for enrollment information.Attached File: 80Religious Education Handbook 2017-18.pdf
Sunday School teachers are a special group of people! They regularly sacrifice time, money, and resources to spend a brief hour each week offering spiritual training to our youth. Sunday School teachers are not babysitters, but are faithfully called by God to impact lives, empower others, and to witness God transform lives. To do this effectively, they need physical and moral support from the congregation, and strength and wisdom from God.
Take a moment to say thank you. Not sure who they are? Please check out the attached pdf to find out who will be teaching your child(ren).Attached File: 94Teacher Directory.jpg