Rite-13 guides late middle school students through a celebration of their “coming of age” and what that means to them and to their faith. This program culminates in a celebratory meal with family and friends and special recognition during worship.
The Rite-13 celebration marks a transition point in the lives of the youth at United Parish. Most of these kids are about to enter high school. They are on the brink of exploring who they are in the world and how to make decisions as an individual. They have spent two years learning about themselves as individuals and understanding their creative potential, while exploring Biblical stories of God and God's people. The Rite-13 Celebration is the community expression of this and serves as a rite of passage from childhood towards adulthood.
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We are once again soliciting advice from the adults of United Parish for our newest Rite 13 teens who will soon be celebrating an important rite of passage during the church service on Sunday, May 22. This advice will form the basis for a Book of Wisdom where people from our community can share their knowledge and experience about their own journey into adulthood.
Please consider using your life experiences to offer a bit of advice to our teens. Your advice can be something practical ("A grilled cheese sandwich will brighten your day") or something more profound ("Be strong enough to follow your own heart. It is better to be the shepherd than the sheep.") Both are important to know! You may identify yourself as you wish (for example, Bob-Age 41; Susan-mother of two; Charles Smith-grandfather; a UP Friend).
Over the past several years, many members of the congregation have shared their advice in previous versions of the Book of Wisdom. Several of these will be included again this year, and we hope to add to the collection! (If you contributed in the past, feel free to do so again with something new.)
Please submit your wisdom here, by Saturday, April 30.
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
We are once again soliciting advice from the adults of United Parish for our newest Rite 13 teens who will soon be celebrating an important rite of passage on Sunday, May 16 (to be aired in a later worship service). The teens celebrating their Rite 13 ceremony this year are: Andrew E., Justin F.-H., Jesse G., Cy P., and Stella T..
This advice will form the basis for a Book of Wisdom where people from our community can share their knowledge and experience about their own journey into adulthood. Over the past several years, many members of the congregation have shared their advice in previous versions of the Book of Wisdom. Several of these will be included again this year, and we hope to add to the collection! (If you contributed in the past, feel free to do so again with something new.)
Please consider using your life experiences to offer a bit of advice to our teens. Your advice can be something practical (“A grilled cheese sandwich will brighten your day.”) or something more profound (“Be strong enough to follow your own heart. It is better to be the shepherd than the sheep.”) Both are important to know!
You may identify yourself as you wish (for example, Bob - Age 41; Susan - mother of two; Charles Smith - grandfather; a UP Friend, etc.).
Please submit your words of wisdom via this online form by Friday, April 23 at the absolute latest.
Contact Associate Pastor Amy Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org.