Religious Education Director’s Column

Dear Friends,

The evenings are now cooler than they were just a few weeks ago. The goldenrod at the edge of the woods is yellow. Johnny Appleseed’s Orchard has announced that the apples are ready to be picked. These are all signs that summer is coming to an end and autumn will soon be upon us.

I must admit, I am sad to see summer draw to a close. I will miss all the joys that summer brings: leisurely days and relaxed bed times, without the imposed structure of school’s busy schedule, evening homework, and the early morning bus stop; soft serve ice cream cones with rainbow sprinkles; weekend camping trips spent playing endless rounds of Bananagrams with my family.

At the same time, I am also eagerly anticipating fall, and all the gifts it offers: crisp, cool air and the satisfying crunch of leaves beneath my feet as I walk the dog; Saturday mornings at the soccer field watching my children play; agricultural fairs where one can eat fried dough while checking out New England’s biggest squash; creamy pumpkin pie, fragrant pumpkin coffee – pretty much pumpkin everything!

Of course, fall also means the start of a brand new year in Religious Education, and I’m excited to share all of the great things we have planned.

All of this will be covered in detail at our orientations for parents and volunteers. But I’ll list a few of the highlights here.

  • More frequent multi-generational services – we think you’ll be pleased and surprised by what we’ve got in mind.
  • Some changes to children’s worship, including an opportunity for kids to share Joys & Concerns
  • A brand new curriculum for middle school youth called “Popcorn Theology.”
  • Multi-generational game nights.
  • Lock-ins for youth and mini-retreats for kids.
  • More art! More music! More puppets! (Yes, puppets.)

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our Homecoming worship service on 9/7, during which there will be a “Blessing of the Backpacks.” All are welcome to bring their backpack. RE will begin the following Sunday, 9/14, at 11:00 AM.

Be well & be loved,

Gina Campellone