Foundations in Christian Formation
News and Activities
with LeeAnne
August 20, 2021

Sunday School Staff Orientation: Thursday, September 9 from 6-8PM: Orientation for all Sunday school lead and assistant teachers takes place in Shaw Chapel.

Sunday School Welcome Workshop Saturday, August 21 from 10AM – 1PM  Sunday School Welcome Workshop for Teachers, Board and Nursery Volunteers. Welcome back to Church and to plan and prepare for Rally Day and the 2021-2022 year! Lunch will be provided RSVP Required.

THE ALL-CHURCH HORTON CENTER WEEKEND IS BACK- Friday-Sunday, August 27-29, 2021. The retreat is held at the camp and retreat center, owned and operated by the New Hampshire Conference of the UCC on Pine Mt. in Gorham, NH, this weekend is open to everyone – adults, children, singles, couples, families. It is all about fun – hiking, swimming, visiting, reading, relaxing and enjoying the peace and beauty of northern New Hampshire in the late summer. This is a great way to spend time with and get to know other First Church members, especially if you are new to the community. Join the others who find this a wonderful way to end the summer. Register Today!

RALLY SUNDAY 2021 – We Are Family – Growing Together in Christ: Christian Formation enthusiastically opens its classrooms and nursery anew.  We are excited to make new memories and celebrate our history together as we reunite.  Sunday schools begins again on Rally Sunday, September 12.  Children ages 3 through Grade 12 are invited to attend worship at 10AM in the sanctuary with their parents.  The nursery opens for infants, toddlers and two-year-olds at 9:45 and is available throughout the worship service.

Following the re-covenanting ceremony, children 3 years old through 8th grade and teachers will leave for their classes.  All parents are asked to meet their children at their classrooms after the service.  See related articles for information on specific classes.

Rally Day Cookout  Sunday, September 12: We are Family and everyone is invited to the table to join in the fun at the annual Rally Day cookout after the 10 AM service on Sunday September 12th.  The Christian Formation Board will provide hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers, side dishes and beverages. Please do not bring a dish to share. Stewardship generously gifts us with an ice cream truck for dessert.  Choose your favorite flavor.

Rally day is a homecoming for all of our educational programming child through adult, boards, youth groups and choirs begin anew and kick off the program year.   The cookout is a chance to connect with old friends and make new friends as we grow together in Christ.  We are Family!

MAD APPLE PICKING at Brookdale Farm! We will be picking apples at the orchard Sunday September 19th at Brookdale Farm from 11:30AM to 3:30 PM.

CONFIRMATION: Confirmation is a one-year program for those in grades 9 or above who wish to explore their faith and learn more about the Bible, the Church, and the Christian faith. The 2021-2022 Confirmation year begins with Orientation on September 2nd. 

Confirmation Orientation, Dining Room (parents, mentors, confirmands) September 2, 6:00-8:00pm

Water Walk with mentors on Saturday, September 18, 8:30am-12:00pm at Greeley Park.

Confirmand Group Building Statement of Faith-September 19th 11:30AM -1PM

Confirmation Retreat is October 1-3 at Horton Center 2021. Both classes of Confirmands and mentors from 2021 and 2022 please register today for this invaluable experience.