Foundations in Christian Formation
News and Activities
October 8, 2021
Confirmation Retreat Weekend :
Confirmands and Mentors shared a brisk, wet, yet spiritually invigorating weekend for the Confirmation Retreat at Horton Center. We did some deep sharing about who we are and where we are in our faith journey. We participated in a scavenger hunt which brought us to Pinkham Ledge and Chapel Rock where we enjoyed glorious fall foliage vistas with a watercolor effect thanks to conditions. At one point we feared we’d strayed off-course and found a clue! Confirmands determined amongst themselves that God was guiding us.
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS:
- Pre-School, K, 1&2 learned The Lord’s Prayer.
- Grades 3-6 learned that God keeps God’s promises in our lesson on Noah’s Ark last Sunday. This week we learn the Books of the Bible and The Holy Land as we continue our understanding of the Holy Land.
Children will worship in Shaw Chapel the First and Third Sundays each month. Shaw Chapel worship will be led by a member of the ministry team and music led by our own Steve Blunt. The second, fourth and fifth Sundays of the month children will worship with their family enjoying the Children’s message in the sanctuary.
THIRD/FOURTH GRADE BIBLES: Grades 3&4 will come forward to receive their Bibles Reformation Sunday, October 31st. Fourth-graders who did receive Bibles last Fall can consider them a blessing from unusual times. A Bible with a cloth cover and rainbow bookmark will be at the altar for you.
Make A Difference (MAD) Grades 7&8
Sunday school for grades 7-8 is planned as a pre-confirmation experience, providing a format to discuss and act upon lessons learned in Sunday School as well as time to prepare for the intensive confirmation class.
MAD meets during the regular Sunday school time each Sunday, except the first Sunday of the month when they remain in church for communion.
MAD focused on mission and service to other, with intentional reflection on Christian service. Activities include apple picking, projects for the Front Door Agency and the Nashua Soup Kitchen.
MAD raised $863.92 with their Apple Crisp to be divided evenly between Rev. Andy’s Medical Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic and END68 hours of hunger here at home.
Sunday, October 10th, MAD service group is partnering with Family Promise to provide 12 complete family meals! They will make their renowned meatloaf, vegetables provided by Heather Nault and deserts provided by the Holiday Fair Bake table!
Sunday, October 17 MAD class will learn about the Sacrament of Communion.
Sunday, October 24th MAD assembles Halloween packages. Parents and guardians be sure to have college addresses to me at [email protected]. .
HALLOWEEN CARE PACKAGES: On October 24th, the MAD service group will pack and mail Halloween care packages to all young people who have gone away to college, the Armed Forces, an International Exchange program or work. We minister to those who need Tender Loving Care TLC.
Sunday October 31st: MAD worships in the Sanctuary.
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.
CROPWALK: Confirmands & Mentors, join us for the yearly Crop Hunger Walk in Nashua on Sunday October 24th .Check out the details for this community event!
- Registration is from 12-1 at Temple Beth Abraham, 4 Raymond Street in Nashua
- Kick off service begins at 1 and the walk should begin around 1:20
- 3.4 MILE WALK to be followed by BBQ and celebration!
BIBLES: On October 31 Confirmands learn about (and receive) the Bible.
Bible Sunday Grades 3 & 4 will come forward to receive their Bibles on Reformation
Sunday, October 31. Fourth graders who did receive Bibles last fall can consider them a blessing from unusual times. A Bible with a cloth cover and rainbow bookmark will be at the altar for you.
COLLEGE & COLLEGE GRADUATE Addresses! The Christian Formation Board likes to keep in touch with First Church young people who have gone away to college or are newly independent in the Armed Service, an International Exchange Program or other work. Please call the church office or email [email protected] with your children’s current address.
MISSION TRIP 2022: Dominican Republic Mission Trip – Are you interested in mission work? Then consider joining First Church for a medical mission to the Dominican Republic. The trip is scheduled for February 26 through March 6, 2022. Adults and youth (16 unaccompanied or 15 accompanied by parent/guardian) are invited to share their talents to meet many needs of Haitian and Dominican poor centered in La Romana. Whatever skill you bring will be put to use.
Contact Rev. Andy with your questions and visit https://centralmalaromana.org/ to learn more and view pictures of previous missions. The application deadline is October 1.