Hello, my dears!
It feels like October has just flown by. My family is gearing up to greet trick-or-treaters next week; Tom and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in mid-October; and the leaves are turning spectacular colors outside my window.
I have spent much of October working on the RE pages of the church’s website. I’m so excited by the conversations I’ve had with members of our Communications Ad Hoc Committee, as they begin the journey of exploring how to reflect our church community’s needs in our communications with each other. There’s still a lot to be done on the RE pages, but I hope people will meander over and take a look. Each class currently has a page including an updated class schedule, a synopsis of the upcoming lesson, and summaries of the sessions we’ve already explored. I’m busy figuring out how to include pictures in a meaningful way; for some reason adding images seems to be my steepest WordPress learning curve.
In addition, I’m developing (and should release this week) a brand-new site for our Junior and Senior Youth. This includes blog posts by our Moderately Beige Sardines, who have been attending occasional services and writing up their observations; a page for our Coming of Age class (where they can find their homework! along with information about upcoming and past meetings), and both the Junior and Senior youth groups. The site can be found at fpwyouth.weebly.com, and it will be linked to our website in such a way that it feels like part of our own website. I chose Weebly to host this site because it is much easier to add images and place things flexibly. The Youth calendar and all other information about youth meetings and plans will be posted there.
I have my own RE blog, where I publish these columns, other thoughts I have during the month, and the stories and homilies I have written for church. You can access it through the main RE page on our website or visit it directly at drewatertown.wordpress.com.
It’s important to me that our members and friends be able to find information about our RE program easily and readily. I tweet as FPWatertown DRE (@DREWatertown) and I am “Lauren Watertowndre Strauss” on Facebook; I post links to church school news and upcoming events there, and both Religious Education and our Senior Youth have their own groups on Facebook. If you see me in one of these places, follow or friend me, and ask to join the groups if you want to get updates on RE programs.
Children’s Religious Education at First Parish is a delightfully fun place to be. We hope you’ll come join us on Sunday mornings and beyond!