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Lenten Theme and Message Series

 Beginning March 1, join us each Sunday throughout the season of Lent as we explore this year’s theme, “Crossroads”. Each week we will explore a story from the Gospels of individuals or groups whose life was challenged or changed by their encounter with Jesus over the course of his ministry. We will also examine the choice or choices that encounter left them with going forward, and how those choices reflect the ones we are given to make in our time and place.

During Lent, we will also be offering two weeknight opportunities for spiritual growth and exploration:

“The Walk”, based on the book of the same name by noted minister and author Adam Hamilton, will explore the major “pillars” of traveling the Christian spiritual path, such as Worship, Prayer and Service, each session focusing on a specific pillar. Please note that you do not need to buy or have the book for this class. Also, each meeting will be largely its own entity, so you are welcome to come to as many or as few of the four sessions as you wish.

Tuesdays: March 3, 10, 24 and 31

Time: 7:00-8:15 PM

Location: Chapel Conference Room

“Prayer and Meditation” is an opportunity to come together for a time of quiet

reflection, sharing of Scripture, and the offering of any prayer intentions that are on

participants’ hearts and minds.

Wednesdays: March 4, 11, 25 and April 1

Time: 7:00-7:40 PM

Location: FPCC Sanctuary

 

Jordan Peterson Discussion Group

Meeting the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 7:30 PM in the Chapel Parlor. Read more here

 

Parent Network

Following brainstorming sessions with the parents of the church, the Christian Education Committee is launching a new initiative we call the Parents’ Network.  Our objective is to create a learning/sharing/growing parent community offering support in their lives as adults and parents. This initiative will make it possible for us to integrate faith formation experiences (for both youth and adults), foster family conversations, while creating a culture around issues of faith, morals, and values.

While conversations about strategic direction of the Church School will of course be part of the program, we intend to go far beyond this basic issue to support our families dealing with day to day challenges. Such as work/life balance, negative influences in school, excessive screen time, and other issues as they are identified by our families.

We also want to support our parental age adults in finding meaning in their own lives (beyond work and parenthood) by working with the adult education programs of the church.

Beyond the families’ benefiting from their own shared experiences, CE intends over time to offer relevant resources on specific issues, as needed, including the Pastor, “Empty Nester” members of the Congregation, and outside professionals.

We are still working on finding a time to meet that allows maximum participation by a group that already has many demands on their time.   Our last meeting during worship on March 4 reached parents who would not otherwise been at church that day. Our next meeting will be after worship on March 31 to try to reach those who are at church and Sunday School. 11:30 am in the parlor, with child care provided.  Our primary agenda item will be to discuss potential objectives of this group for the coming program year.

(While this initiative is intended primarily for parents, anyone who is interested in contributing to its success is of course welcome!)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of your Christian Education Committee,

Steve Carhart

Sheilagh Mylott

Martha Farmer

Rev. Mark Boyea

Soup and Conversation coming in the spring

For an upcoming schedule see our Adult Education page.

Book Group 

Each 4th Monday of the month we meet at a host home.

The host provides light snacks, beverages and dessert but only once a year!!!! The host then chooses the book for the next month.  When we meet we will rate the book and give comments which we will record in a journal that hopefully the FPC book group will continue with many years from now!!! Details 

Confirmation

Confirmation for Grades 9 and above Selected Sundays 11:30 am to 1:00 PM, will begin in the fall for grade 9 and above. Details in the fall.

Vacation Bible School each June

2019 We were on a Miraculous Mission. We enjoyed crafts, music, snacks and games! This program is open to all, not just members of First Parish.

2018 We were Shipwrecked and saved by Jesus’ love.

2017 Participants joined us in Rome, and we learned about the underground church

2016 We had fun Catching the Wave of God’s Amazing Love with games, songs, crafts, and more!

2015 The Icy Adventure– “Everest” Participants embarked on the coolest adventure of the summer with Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats, activities that help faith flow into real life.