First Universalist Society in Franklin

DRE Corner – Dec 16

Director of Religious Education FUSF

Aoife Barrington-Haber, Director of Religious Education

By Aoife Barrington-Haber

For Children, participating in worship can be one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences. Whether it is lighting the chalice during a regular Sunday service, playing a part in the pageant, singing in a children’s choir, or helping the greeters hand out hymnals, taking on a role in making worship happen helps our children form their faith identity. They become an active member in their congregation, and develop a sense of their own worth and dignity. As adults we can receive the gift of their participation, and a reminder that we were once small and needed adults to see and listen to us with patience, grace and gratitude.

On December 11 we will celebrate the holidays with “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” adapted from Barbara Robinson’s beloved 1972 book of the same name. This pageant will include both children and adults, and is built on the premise: What happens when the same old humdrum Christmas pageant gets taken over by the worst-behaved kids in town? Naturally, what happens surprises everyone. Expect both familiar and new carols, candles of joys and concerns, and of course, our ever popular “UU Angels.” All are welcome to attend.

We need children, teens and adult to participate both onstage and behind the scenes. Email me at and indicate if you or your child will be participating, and what role they are interested in. Speaking roles will be cast and scripts emailed ahead of time for the December 4th rehearsal. Like last year, actors will read from scripts, but should be comfortable projecting their lines.

Speaking Roles:

Adult Beth/Narrator (adult or youth)

Beth and Charlie (8-11 years)

Mother and Father (adult or youth)

Alice, Beth’s conceited friend

Herdman kids, age 6-13: Imogene, Ralph, Gladys, Claude, Olive, Leroy

Elmer Hopkins

Mrs. Armstrong

Non-speaking roles:

Fire Chief/EMT

Baby Angels



Adult shepherd (wrangler)

Children in pageant choir

Backstage: 3-4 adults needed to help with props, costumes, make-up.

Kids needed to make props and costumes on Dec 4th.

Pageant Schedule:

December 4th during RE time: Rehearse speaking roles or make props and costumes

December 10th (Saturday) 9-11am: Rehearsal in Sanctuary, all speaking roles. (Non-speaking actors welcome can attend)

December 11th: Arrive at 8:45 in sanctuary

Christmas Eve Service:

Four Junior or Senior Youth volunteers are needed to be candle-lighters for our 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Please contact Aoife if you would like to help.

Coming up in RE:

12/4 Chalice children and Pageant Preparation, OWL 7-9 meets from 12-3 p.m., Senior Youth 6-8 p.m.

12/11 Pageant Service, Jr Youth holiday party in the Dean Room, 11-2 p.m.

12/18 Classes

12/25 Merry Christmas!

Our Whole Lives for Grades 5-6, aka “Jr OWL” will be starting this month with a Parent Info Meeting and a Parent/Child Orientation. Watch your email announcements for dates and times, or contact Aoife for information.

Blessed be,



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We invite you to visit us at First Universalist Society in Franklin

Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. Children and youth religious education 10 a.m.

phone: (508) 528-5348


Our Meetinghouse is located at 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA.

Our mailing address is: PO Box 316, Franklin, MA 02038