Saturday Stories, a joint effort of First Church in Belfast, UCC and Left Bank Books, presents a special story series on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. on the lawn of the church. Look for the white tent on the church lawn on Church sSreet, adjacent to the Belfast Police Station.

Participants should bring their own blanket, and the church will provide a story and a snack. If the weather is not good, the program will move inside. The series is designed for children ages 3-8 and their parents or caregivers.

The featured book on Sept. 1 is “How Rocket Learned to Read,” by Tad Hills. The perfect back-to-school story, this is just what is needed to get children excited about a new school year.

Scheduled for Oct. 6, and combined with the Church Street Fair, Saturday Stories presents “The Blessing of the Beasts,” by Ethel Pochocki. The Revs. Joel Krueger and Kate Winters will bless animals that day, so crated or leashed pets are welcome.

On Nov. 3, the Saturday Story will be “Dr. Desoto,” by William Steig. This story has a memorable lesson about bravery and facing fears.

On Dec. 1, participants will meet Brother Advent, who will tell his story! Brother Advent will bring his favorite Christmas treat to share with all the children.

After Brother Advent tells his story, all are welcome to stay for a potluck lunch. those who plan to stay should bring a favorite dish to share and then join in the third annual intergenerational Advent day. There will be a variety of things to make and do for the whole family. After the activities, the sanctuary will be decorated in the annual Hanging of the Greens festival.

Left Bank Books will have copies of these books in the store. The store is directly across the street from the church.