A message from Rev. Christine Hribar – September 19, 2019

Beloved friends,
Our classes have so many students!  With new families the last few weeks we have so much to be joyful about.
  • **Barbara Mahoney teaches sewing skills to the 2nd and 3rd graders as they learn to make pillowcases for folks in need (sewing machines, rotary cutters, and irons, oh my!)
  • **The Pre-K through Kindergarten class moves through church basics: what is the bible?  what’s the church year? with Godly Play and lots of giggles.
  • Many thanks to Steve Opolski  for installing shelving in our class and Tom Reichart for providing props and a pulpit for our imaginative play sanctuary corner!
  • **The 4th, 5th and 6th graders meets out on the rocks with Beth Viehmann– a beautiful mix of youth and 9th grade mentors.
This week we’ll gather outside during coffee hour to make giant bubbles (many thanks to Barta Hathaway sharing the result of some testing for the upcoming Illumination!) and celebrate God’s wonder.
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday.
With love,
Rev. Christine Hribar


All are welcome at our church school program
Sunday mornings at 10 am.

  • For the smallest babies and children, come to our nursery, and meet Hind, who welcomes the youngest children of the church.
  • Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade, come downstairs to our Godly Play workshop, led by Christine Hribar, Stacey Keane, and Paige Menchini.
  • Second and Third Grade, join Barbara Mahoney and Judy Eldredge in the Sunday School for Scripture studies and play.
  • 4th and 5th grade retreat to the parlor after the sermon. With snacks and a game, join us in conversations about how God speaks to us through Scripture and our lives.
  • Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers retreat to the youth room after the sermon, for reflections on the meaning of life, God, justice, and kindness.
  • Adults: meet after church many Sundays for classes on great themes of the faith, including the many names of God, the singing of praise, the seeking of wisdom, the practice of justice.
We come to church school to be the Body of Christ– to seek the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit to follow the Word of God, according to the dictates of our own consciences, and to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. In Church school, we seek to strengthen ourselves and continue to build our life together, to work to heal the world, and to ask God to break into our lives and help us heal ourselves as well.

The Safe Church Policy: All children are protected at First Church by our Safe Church Policy. Children and families are invited to sign in at the start of church. All of our teachers and staff are screened for safety backgrounds, and are trained in the Safe Church principles of the United Church of Christ.