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We are excited to announce that Maggie Keeler, mother of two, long-time Stepping Stones teacher, and Co-Chair of the Children and Youth Faith Formation Ministry, will be taking on the role of Interim Children’s Program Coordinator for the 2021-22 church year!
Some programs will seem familiar while others will look a little different. Although there are many uncertainties in the world today, we have high hopes for bringing our children and youth safely back to church and back together this year. We will be following local and CDC guidelines regarding COVID for all programming—adults and children (3 and up) will be masked when indoors or when social distancing isn’t possible outdoors, we will be spending as much time as possible outdoors, and we’ll be using our larger spaces and HEPA filtration units to maximize safety when New England weather forces us indoors.
Nursery (Infants – Age 3)
March winds and April showers bring forth Nursery hours! We are pleased to announce that the nursery will be re-opening on Easter Sunday and will continue through the spring. An adult nursery supervisor will be there each Sunday and will have the help of nurturing high school students to care for infants and toddlers. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. The Family Room (located just outside the door on the right of the front of the sanctuary) is also available. In the Family Room parents can continue to watch the live-streamed service while their children play in a cozy living room setting.
Stepping Stones (PreK – 5th grade)
Elementary students will gather weekly during the 10am service. We will be meeting on the lawn or in Chidley Hall depending on weather. We will begin our time together with a short chapel before moving onto songs, crafts, experiments, and games designed to engage in Bible stories.
Junior Forum (6th grade – 8th grade)
Middle School students are invited to join our newly reimagined Junior Forum which will meet monthly. Each Junior Forum meeting will focus on community building and community service projects including helping the homeless, fighting hunger, and protecting the environment.
Forum (9th grade -12th grade)
Forum will continue to meet on Sunday evenings. In addition to weekly meetings, our charismatic group of Forum leaders has ambitious plans to bring back many of the favorite youth events this year including the progressive dinner, ski trip, and mission trip.
We are always looking for adults to assist with our youth program. We have opportunities for assistant teachers for Stepping Stones, small group leaders for the youth programs, second adults for Forum and other activities, and chaperones for mission trips and other outings. There is always some way to connect with the youth, and you will find that your faith grows as your help others learn more about who they are and their place in God’s world. Email Maggie if you can help.
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