our ministry to children and youth

Sunday School is for our Children (ages 2 through 5th grade)

Time with the children

Sunday school format


The Sunday school format will be based on a program developed by a UCC pastor, Rev. Leann Hadley.  She has written a book,  Blessed to be a Blessing; Sacred Circle Time for Young Children

This program is beautifully simple and provides the children with a time to “come together as a community to learn about God through stillness, prayer, and wonder.” 


Opening:


Each week will start with a Sacred Circle.  The children will sit together in a circle and the teacher/assistant will have a basket provided with the following items in it:

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1.    A Candle to light as the light of Christ.

2.    A Globe representing God, the Creator

3.    A Cross representing God, the Son

4.    A Children’s Bible with the page marked for the scripture. 

5.    A Bell representing God, our Holy Spirit.

6.    Every week, we will also include something specific to the lesson that is being taught.



The Lesson:

 

Our lesson will be based on Interim Pastor Olive's sermon and scripture reading so that the Sunday school class will follow the same theme.

Suggestions for lessons will be provided; however, teachers can choose whatever type project, song or artwork they want that relates to the theme of the week.

Children will be encouraged each week to bring something to show or tell related to the following week’s lesson.  This information will be provided at class and via both the Thursday email newsletter and the church website. 

Confirmation for middle schoolers

 

Every two years for all middle schoolers, we provide an opportunity for them to participate in our Confirmation program.  We use the UCC curriculum, "Affirming Faith," and we provide formative training for our teens so that they can better understand how to be Christian in this oft-confusing world.  Interim Pastor Olive actively participates in the Confirmation program with Eileen Enterline and Don Wick. Each Confirmand in 2022 has a mentor from the congregation to help them along the way.  

Our Youth Ministry program is under construction.  This fall (2022) we will confirm six teenagers.  We have involved our teenagers in missions projects, in social events, and in worship leadership.  This is a great time for parents of teenagers to get in on the ground floor of planning and leadership!  Your ideas can be shared with our Moderator, Jan Narracci, and/or with Interim Pastor Olive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are a SafeChurch congregation, and we practice healthy boundaries and child care policies designed to protect the emotional and physical safety of our children.  All teachers are vetted and background checked.  The teachers work in teams, never alone.