The United Parish Nursery is open on Sunday from 9:15am to 12:15pm, September through June and for special services throughout the year. Children through Kindergarten age are welcome. (The nursery is open in July and August according to the summer worship schedule from 9am-11:30am.)
Where is the United Parish Nursery?
Our nursery is located on the second floor, in Room 203. Our nursery caregivers include paid staff and volunteers. We occasionally ask parents to assist in the nursery. Please let the nursery staff know if you are interested in volunteering.
What should I bring?
Please bring a labeled bag which includes a pacifier, two diapers, a change of clothes, and all personal items your child may need such as wipes, ointment, bottles, or comfort items. (If you include snacks, remember allergies of others may prevent staff from serving your child).
Latest Nursery News
Dear Church School Families,
In this electronic packet, you will find the following materials, which we hope will help you and your child(ren) ease into this brave new church year:
- A link to our Registration and Field Trip Permission Form for each child or youth in your household. It is imperative for reasons of safety as well as communication that you fill out a new registration form for each child or youth.
- An Optional Photography Opt-Out form for anyone wishing to make sure pictures of anyone in their family do not get used in United Parish publications or publicity materials.
- A Church School Calendar that you might want to print and hang on your refrigerator or keep in a handy spot.
- An Acolyte flyer for all children entering 5th grade and higher.
- A helpful handout: When to Keep Your Child Home from Church
...Congratulations on making it even this far into a letter that I imagine is one of many you’ve already received from schools, daycares, you-name-it. We had all hoped that life would feel a little more stable and predictable by this point, and then “delta” entered our everyday vernacular.
We’ve heard your concern about indoor gatherings, and for the fall, church school will be held masked, outdoors, and under tents in the case of light rain or on very hot sunny mornings. We will not hold church school on days where there is truly inclement weather (windy rain and/or thunder), and will post the announcement by 8:30am on the church website, as well as notify you via text and on Realm. As we move toward the winter we will keep you updated on any adaptations we make for weather and pandemic changes.
We have also heard your desire for time to safely worship together as a family, and are delighted to invite you to a “Family Reunion” outdoor worship service on September 12th, at 9:45am, on the front lawn of the church. We are open to making this service a somewhat-regular offering, and therefore would welcome any feedback you have!
Music for children and youth will be continually adapting to CDC guidelines. In September, we'll begin our outdoor church school classes with song. For children and teens who are interested in helping Susan lead the songs, she will be having a short rehearsal starting at 9:30am to go through the chords and tunes. Guitars, drums, basses - singers - ALL welcome to be in our ad-hoc band! In mid October, Susan will offer a 6-week handbells program for grades 6 and up, and drumming/singing program for elementary-aged children. Rehearsals will be 9:00 am-9:45 am on Sunday mornings, and will culminate with a presentation in one of our Advent worship services. Vena and Deb will continue to sing with our littlest ones in their outdoor classrooms for as long as the weather permits!
Our curriculum this year is called Current: Seeking Justice Together. This curriculum has material tailored for all age groups, and will also inform our worship services in the fall, so that children and parents will be hearing the same lessons as one another, hopefully spurring some engaging car-ride-home conversations!
As we say in Rite 13, “nothing goes without saying”. So let me be clear when I say this: your children are ALWAYS welcome in the United Parish community, no matter what they believe (or don’t believe), no matter who they are or where they are on their journey.
Parents, you are always welcome here, no matter how many times your child has made it to church school (or not), no matter what your own comfort or familiarity with religion or the Bible is, no matter who you are or where you are on your journey. Know that United Parish as a whole will always be here to serve as a quirky, loving, spirit-filled co-parent, and it is an honor to be part of the village that helps raise your children.
I am always praying with you. I am available Sundays-Thursdays to pray, listen, and dream with you (or your kids) as you navigate this year- the best ways to reach me are via email at email@example.com, or by leaving a voicemail at 617-277-6860 x2.
I look forward to traveling this road with you and your children, as we deepen in our faith and our community together.
Amy Norton, Associate Pastor
Susan DeSelms, Minister of Music
Children in our PreK/K church school class are invited to come play at the church’s Memorial Park on Saturday, May 1 from 10:00-10:30am. This is a chance to build community, socialize, and have some fun! Contact Nursery Supervisor Jenna Bergquist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palm Sunday Sunday, March 28
11am Worship on YouTube. Watch at youtube.com/UnitedParishinBrookline
2:00-3:30pm Palm Sunday Promenade and Palm Pickup under the Steeple
Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 1
6:45pm Guided Foot and Hand Washing Ritual on Zoom.
Prepare a basin of water and/or wash cloth and towel and re-enact this loving, serving act of Jesus to his disciples (recounted in John 13). You can choose whether to wash your own hands or feet and/or do it for others who join you at home.
7pm Worship and Communion on Zoom
Prepare communion at home (wine & bread, juice & crackers, tea & scones, milk & cookies, whatever works for you). We will remember Jesus' last gathering with his disciples and share this holy meal in small groups, just as we do in our Sanctuary.
Find the Zoom details in the weekly newsletter. Contact email@example.com to join our mailing list.
Good Friday Friday, April 2
7pm Tenebrae Worship on YouTube.
We commemorate the darkest night of the liturgical year, as we reflect on the seven last words of Jesus during his execution, with contemporary and historical images of the ways we travel these stations in everyday life. This is a powerful, moving, and provocative worship experience.
Watch at youtube.com/unitedparishinbrookline
Holy Saturday, April 3
10am-2pm Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry at the Chapel Ramp Door
10am-12pm Preschool/Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt in Memorial Park
1pm-3pm Children's Clothing Drive at the Chapel Ramp Door
4pm-5pm Church School Easter Egg Decorating Workshop on Zoom
Easter Sunday, April 4
11am Festival Worship on YouTube. Join us for the joy of Resurrection Day with virtual worship on our YouTube page, followed by Zoom Coffee Hour. We will send out a reminder and link on Easter morning. Watch at youtube.com/UnitedParishinBrookline
12pm Coffee Hour on Zoom. Check your email for the details.
1-3pm Easter Flowers Available for Pick-Up on the Front Lawn.