mission is to help children, youth, and adults to develop a
relationship with God through the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
On Sunday Mornings
Nursery Care | 9:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Nursery provides care for children birth through 3 years of age, year round. A paid care provider is responsible and manages the Nursery. Helping her, every Sunday, is an adult volunteer. The Nursery is a safe environment with lots of love and toys. The facility has a pager system for parents and an adjoining child size bathroom.
All children are invited to attend the worship service at the beginning, and after the Children’s Message they are dismissed to their age level classrooms. We use Celebrate Wonder, (Cokesbury) for our elementary age curriculum.
Christian Education Registration
Celebrate Wonder honors the spiritual life of children.
This curriculum seeks to deepen children’s faith formation and to create a safe space for children to ask big questions and claim their spiritual identity as children of God. Classes are offered to children 4 years of age through 12th grade, from September, (after Labor Day), through May. Visitors are always welcome. There are 8 separate classrooms with their own sink and intercom. A niche with a Cross and Bible are also in every room. That niche echoes the same curved wood design as in the sanctuary.
To register your child for Church School, please access the Christian Education Registration online form. To sign up for teaching please Contact Us. Teaching Church School is the best kind of adult Bible study.
acolyte lights and extinguishes the altar candles. The word acolyte
is taken from an ancient Greek word that meant companion, attendant
or helper. An acolyte helps prepare the congregation for worship and
after takes the light of Christ out into the world. All children and
youth, third grade and older are invited to become acolytes. An
acolyte training is provided several times per year.
Adult education classes are frequently offered through study groups to
enrich faith and spirituality. These adult study opportunities
include but are not limited to Adult Bible Study, Soup and Study,
Luminaries, Membership Inquiry, Prayer groups, Book club, Speaker
series and Teaching Church school.
All third graders receive a Bible on “Bible Sunday” which is held in October. Bibles are presented during the 10:00 am Worship service and all recipients and their family members are invited to a Bible Breakfast on that morning.
Our Church school shares the Christmas story with the congregation during the 10.00 am Worship service on the third Sunday of Advent. There is a free catered supper and pageant rehearsal on the Friday evening before. All children are invited to participate.
ConfirmationConfirmation classes meet September through May. All ninth through twelfth graders are invited to participate. Each confirm and is teamed up with a mentor, usually of the same gender.
Pilgrim LodgePilgrim Lodge, or PL is our UCC summer church camp located on beautiful Lake Cobbosseecontee in West Gardiner, Maine. PL has programs for children, youth, and adults of all ages and family camping too. First Parish provides financial assistance through a campership program. Campership applications are available online and are posted in April of each year. For more information about the camp, visit: www.pilgrimlodge.org.
First Parish Youth Fellowship, (FPYF) has various activities occur throughout the year. All youth, sixth grade through twelfth are invited to participate. Friends are welcome. Some of our activities/events include: Thanksgiving Baskets, Worship leaders for the 5 pm Family Christmas Eve Service, Souper Bowl of Caring offering and Sub Sandwich sale, College Care Packages, Mother’s Day Breakfast /Blanket Sunday offering. We have 3 overnights per program year and other fun activities. Every four years is the National Youth Event, (NYE). The next event will be in 2024. Over 2500 UCC youth and chaperones spend time enjoying days of wonderful worship and workshops, fabulous fellowship, marvelous music and spectacular speakers. Financial aid is available for this event.
has set forth the following Fire & Emergency Safety Evacuation Plan
to ensure the safety of all people using our facility. The plan is to
be followed by all staff, Church School teachers, teams, groups,
other ministry members, visitors and long and short-term building
renters, including child-care programs, social organizations, non-profit
organizations, public organizations, and organizations.
Parish Congregational Church, UCC, Saco will periodically conduct fire
drills coordinated with the Saco Fire Department. The Saco Fire
Department has reviewed and endorsed this Fire & Emergency Safety
If you are in the building and the automatic fire alarm sounds, you must prepare to evacuate the building immediately:
In the event you come upon fire or smoke in the building and the fire alarm has not yet activated, go to the nearest Pull-Station to activate the fire alarm:
the safety and good heath of all who gather at First Parish, the
Christian Education Team has a policy to prohibit "Peanut/Tree Nut" on
the Lower Level of the building.
food allergies, especially peanut and tree nuts, (walnuts, almonds,
cashews, pistachios, pecans, etc.) are exceptionally dangerous, often
life threatening for many individuals.
Parish Christian Education Team is especially concerned for infants and
young children, who are not able to advocate for themselves.
Therefore, we are committed to maintaining a "Peanut/Tree Nuts Free" environment for the Lower Level of FPC.
Food Allergy Basics, Below are some food allergy basics:
information regarding this Food Policy must be circulated to the church
and outside community. The Christian Education Team advocates the
following regarding this Policy:
FOOD, In the Nursery, the following is required:
In the remainder of Lower Level of Building the following is required:
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