Monday, June 7, 2010

Church School Clean-Up

Perhaps your year has been very busy, but you are looking forward to a slower pace this summer. If this is the case for you, please consider getting involved with our Church School cleanup over the summer!  We have a variety of projects for folks of all types...
  • For those who love to straighten up, we have classrooms that need some straightening.
  • For those who love to sort, we have closets and classrooms to sort through as we decide what to keep and what to recycle.
  • For those who love to organize, we have closets that need some reorganization. 
  • For those who love to clean, we have toys and classrom items that need to be scrubbed.
  • For those who love to make repairs, we have toys and classroom items that need light repair work.
  • For those who love to make things tidy, we have items that need to find a home and things to be put away in their proper places.
Please consider helping out.  A good thorough clean-up helps us start the next year fresh!  It also will allow the DRE and RE Assistant to move Church School supplies out of their office which are currently being stored for no reason other than that there is nowhere to put them.

Teaching Materials Reminder

Teachers, thank you so much for your work with our children this year!  If you have not already, please return your teaching materials.  If you are not able to locate Abby or Sierra-Marie when you are ready to hand these in, no problem! Simply leave them in your classroom’s supply closet as soon as possible. It is helpful if you put your name on a slip of paper with your materials.

In some of our classes, we did not distribute hardcopies of curriculum this year.  However, we did distribute 3-ring binders, and if you would like to return these for reuse, we would be happy to make use of them.

Childcare for Summer Services

We have ended our Church School classes for the year.  There are no classes during the summer.  During the summer, we provide childcare during the worship services beginning at 10:15am. There is not a worship service Labor Day weekend. Homecoming is Sunday, September 12th.  We resume Church School after homecoming.  Have a great summer!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ride For a Reason

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), of which we are a member congregation, is holding a beautiful benefit bike ride in support of IHN of Greater Worcester. IHN is a network of churches who shelter homeless families with children throughout Worcester County. In the past, we have sheltered families for a week in October and two weeks in February.

The ride will take place on Saturday, June 12th at 9am (registration begins at 8am). The start and finish is at the First Congregational Church on 1180 Main Street in Holden. It goes through Holden, West Boylston, Sterling, and Princeton. You can select participation in the 15 or 30 mile version of the ride, and the day will end with a complimentary picnic for all participants.

Registration is $15 and a commitment to fundraise a minimum of $200, or $65 per person. This ride has been determined to be suitable for older children and adults. Those riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register online at

Summer Camp Opportunity

A Memo From the Clara Barton District office:

Announcing a Summer Camp on Interfaith Leadership for Youth and Adults, August 1 - 6, 2010 at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC (Most to all expenses paid for selected participants).

Part of our partnership with the Interfaith Youth Core, this event will empower congregational teams of high school youth and adult advisors. Participants will explore religious pluralism, UU theology and history as related to interfaith work, share stories, and return to their congregation prepared to lead local interfaith service events.

Please be in touch with Jeremie,