April is here! 

What a sacred time. It marks the end of a wet winter and the transition to spring, as the world slowly wakes up.  Take a minute this month to stop and appreciate all the changes- big and small, that are happening before our eyes~ before we blink and miss them!

April also marks the time when our spring calendar for kids and families at First Parish begins! We hope you can join us whenever you can, as we offer activities based on the theme of bees and community, as well as youth meetings, weekday groups, and events for parents or families. For more info, contact Lora HERE or our website HERE.

April Sunday RE (starts at 10am)

April 7 | Poetry with Nate

Today, we will gather in the Parish House to create amazing works of poetry under the guidance of one of our cherished ministers, who also happens to be a published poet! Nursery care is still available for our younger friends (age 0-5) in the lower level of the Parish House. If the weather is nice, pick up will be on the playground.

April 14 | No RE or Nursery (Spring Break)

Although there will be no RE or Nursery care, children are always welcome in service! We will have fun activity packets available in the Stearns Room for those attending!

April 21 | Beehives! (TFAA)

Nursery is available for babies & toddlers aged 0-5 in the lower level of the Parish house. Children K+ interested in learning about beehives, will gather in the sanctuary. After a Time for All Ages, we will walk across the street to explore the Donaldson beehives! Everyone will be safe! Wear outdoor clothing. We will meet parents on the playground for pick-up.

April 28 | Bee Talk!

We will continue the topic of bees with a very special guest! Children of all ages are welcome to join us upstairs in the Parish House where we will chat with Roselyn Romberg, a very experienced beekeeper! She’ll talk with us about the importance of bees, myths & facts, and what we can do to support pollinators in our own back yards! She will also bring some special equipment to explore, as well as honey to sample! Pick up will be on the playground if weather permits.

Also in April…

8th grade OWL | Sundays April 7 & 21 at 7PM

This group has been discussing a variety of topics under the umbrella of comprehensive sexuality education. They will meet in April to talk about Decision Making, Selfcare, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Safer Sex. The group will wrap-up mid-May.

Youth-led Service Planning | Mondays April 8 & 22 at 6:30PM

Calling ALL teens to organize a youth-led service to be held at FPL on June 2nd. There are lots of different ways to help- music, children’s message, readings, etc. Wanna be part of it? Come to the meeting! We will enjoy lots of snacks while we work!

Roots & Shoots | Mondays April 22 & 29 at 3:15PM

This active group of 5th graders is working on a pollinator project! They have planted pollinator plants and bee hotels! They are working on their presentation for a Time for All Ages on May 5th!

Thursday, April 25 at 7PM

Free Live Zoom Webinar ~ How Art Can Inspire Civic Engagement in Kids

Join this Discovery Museum Speaker Series event with Chanel Thervil, Artist + Educator; Discovery Museum Artist-in-Residence. Chanel will speak about helping children consider what they love about their communities, to help them build a place for themselves to make their communities better. She will share her expertise on the creative process and artmaking as a powerful tools in connection & sharing ideas to become active civic participants. Event is free, advance registration is required HERE.

Feel free to visit the RE office to borrow some kid-friendly books on spring or other topics!

Some of our favorite spring titles include:

The Possum and the Peeper, by Anne Hunter
The Honeybee, by Kristen Hall
The Everything Seed ~  A Story of New Beginnings, by Carole Martignacco
Mother Earth & Father Sky ~ Poems of our Planet, by Jane Yolen
Don’t Touch That Flower! By Alice Hemming

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