our ministry to children and youth


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


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT August 2017: 


We are pleased to welcome our new member, Holly Jay, as our new Sunday School Coordinator.  Holly and her husband, Bob, moved back from Nevada to Colorado in 2014, and they were hoping to find a church that they liked.  Holly was raised in the UCC and has very fond memories of her church and her years in Sunday School and Youth Group.


Holly spent many years working in both the medical and legal fields.  In addition to working many years in medical transcription, she worked for a large hospital in Albuquerque as a paralegal in the Risk Management Department.  After moving to Las Vegas NV, Holly worked as a legal secretary in the District Attorney’s office. 


Holly has worked with children’s groups for many years on a volunteer basis.  She’s been a Brownie leader, Girl Scout leader, PTA president twice, volunteered with the Albuquerque Children’s Theater for 12 years and held positions for booster clubs such as Drill Team and Show Choir. 


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.


Time with the children -Pastor Tracey makes a point of knowing every child by name and family, including them individually in the lesson.

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 Pastor Tracey’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


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.  Pastor Tracey actively participates in the Confirmation program with our lay leader, Angie Law.

Our Youth Ministry program is under construction.  In the past three years, we have graduated our first group of youth.  We also have added almost 40 children to our program in the past three years.  This spring (2017) we confirmed five 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, Angie Law, and/or with Pastor Tracey.