As we enter into a season of thanks and togetherness, we are also contemplating events unfolding in the world. Current events can be difficult to talk about – with kids or anyone else, especially when we cannot explain away violence.  But families are a source of safety and learning in an uncertain world. Taking pause and listening to questions is important. We do not need to know all the answers.

As we all follow the conflict in Gaza & Israel, and recent violence in Maine, we hold all those impacted by these tragic events in our hearts. We continue to pray for peace and offer the following resources for families:

Please reach out if you’d like more information about how to approach difficult issues with your children. We are here for you & hope you join us in community.

Sunday RE in November: 

November 5 | Thanksgiving Drive and Card making 

Children will begin in the sanctuary, where they will help give a message about our Thanksgiving Drive for Solutions At Work (SAW). Afterward, the group will head up the hill with Katy Walker & Kate Dahmen to create unique cards to bring cheer to those in need! Nursery care will be available as usual in the lower level of the Parish House.

November 12 | Bible Stories 

Bring your Bibles! We will read some stories and discuss just how they relate to life today and the messages these stories offer.

November 19 | Friendsgiving! 

Children of all ages will gather upstairs in the Parish House for a festive Friendsgiving meal! We will talk about the importance of friends & neighbors!

November 26 | Children’s Advent Workshop 

This is a favorite tradition for many! Children of all ages are invited to gather in the Parish House auditorium during church to make amazing crafts, which can be used for holiday gifts! You don’t want to miss this event! This event is free, but requires registration (so we have enough supplies & snacks)!  Click HERE to register!  We are looking for volunteers to help- please reach out to Lora Venesy if you’re able & willing!

Other RE related Events in November: 

YPC Meeting
November 4 from  7:00- 9:00pm over Zoom

FPL’s Youth Parish Committee will meet to discuss RE programming & events.

5th grade OWL
November 6 from 3:15- 4:45pm in the Stearns Room

The group will meet in the Stearns Room on this date AND on Nov. 13.

Food For Thought
November 8 5:30- 8:00pm in the Parish House

Families are invited to hear about The Challenges & Hopes for Racial Equity in Maternal Health Care:  What’s Happening in Boston. Childcare is available from 6-8pm! Register HERE

8th grade OWL (1st class)
November 12 from 7:00- 8:30pm in the Parish House

This is the 1st sexuality education class for our 8th graders! This class will be run every other Sunday for 12 Sundays. Contact Lora Venesy for more info.

Family Movie Night & Diaper Drive
November 15 from 5:00- 7:30pm in the Parish House

Families are invited to watch “Zootopia” with pizza and popcorn! Pizza will be served at 5:00pm, & the movie will begin at 5:30pm with popcorn. Refreshments and cheese board for adults- this is not a drop off event- parents & caregivers can stay & mingle!

Bring any clean unused diapers- loose or in packages to support the Metro-Boston Diaper Drive!

RSVP HERE (so we have accurate numbers for food). Suggested donation of $10 per family welcome- follow the link, select Youth Programs and type in notes, “Movie Night 11/15”

Youth Group
November 19 from 7:00pm- 8:30pm in the Parish House

All teens are invited to enjoy snacks and plan next steps for social action work together! We are also looking for adult volunteers who would like to help out! Please contact Lora Venesy if you’re interested!

Conversation on Tap | Holiday Traditions
November 20 from 7:30- 9:30pm at the Tack Room

Join Lora Venesy for a drink & chat about holiday traditions. Why are these rituals so important? How do we create lasting memories for our kids (especially when we’re so busy ourselves)? Is it ever too late to start? What traditions did you grow up with? Let’s gather before the hectic holiday season to share ideas & stories.

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