Sunday Morning Church School and Youth Programs
Below on this page is an outline of the various Church School classes offered on Sunday mornings. More details about them and various other programs for our children and youth are contained in the following publication:
Birth thru Preschool:
Loving nursery care is provided for babies, toddlers and preschool-aged children.
Pre-K thru Grade 2:
Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence & liturgical action – helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.
…is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture.
…is based on long established, tried and tested approaches.
…encourages participants to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity for them to connect the stories with their personal experience.
…is a non-coercive way to encourage people to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering questions and open-ended response time.
…values process, openness and discovery.
…respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.
Visit www.godlyplayfoundation.org to learn more.
It takes 10 adults to facilitate our church school programs each week. Might you be called to share your talents in this way? Contact Andrea Bullard to learn about upcoming training opportunities.
Grades 2, 3 and 4:
The 2nd through 4th grade group will experience an energetic and fun curriculum based on the Holy Moly Sunday school program. Children will engage in bible stories, be led through open discussions on faith and spirituality, and participate in hands-on activities as an extension to the lessons. Periodically, we will switch up the format by bringing games, skits and songs into the mix. The goal of this program is to provide a joyful and memorable experience for our youth as they continue their conscious faith journey.
Grades 5 and 6:
A Bible-centered curriculum, Connect, takes 5th and 6th graders on a journey through the Old Testament and into the New Testament exploring the connections between several stories each week. Every lesson follows a three-part sequence: see, explore, and more. the children focus on and reinforce a theme by exploring biblical text, watching a brief & witty video, and creating projects that range from games to art and more.
Grades 7 and 8:
This Sunday morning program for Grades 7-8 focuses on faith exploration, spirited discussion, and service to others.
Each year, the Seekers group rotates between service activities, Nooma series discussion (nooma.com), and an exploration of world religions. This year the group will explore spiritual practices from across the country and the globe. With an ecumenical and interfaith focus, while also exploring core elements of the U. C. C., this program will explore and celebrate several religious traditions in a way that is intended to grow curious, respectful, and inclusive seekers and believers. We will learn about the beliefs, rituals, prayers, worship and people of various traditions worldwide.
Confirmation marks the beginning of a journey toward adulthood in which an individual takes responsibility for shaping his or her own values and faith.
Through this program, these youth discover how to express their Christian values in daily life, affirming the vows of Baptism. This program for 9th graders will explore these themes together and their roles in our lives of faith: God, Jesus, the Bible, the Holy Spirit, Church History, the U.C.C.
We’ll also be bringing an increased awareness of what it means to live in a world with multiple expressions of faith. This diversity will be celebrated while we question, explore, relate, connect, listen, and share together as people of faith.
Brendan Curran, our Associate Minister, will facilitate the Confirmation program again this year, with support from parents, church members, and Rev. Sue Remick.
Worship and Assistance with Church School
Youth who have completed confirmation are encouraged to participate in Sunday worship with adults or to assist in the nursery, classrooms, and with Church School events.
One Sunday a month throughout the year the Senior High Youth (grades 9-12) will meet during church until 11:30 am in Room 9: Oct. 25th, Nov. 22nd, 2015; Jan. 24th, Feb. 28th, & Mar, 13th, 2016. On Apr 24th, 2016 we will do an Earth Day service project. This time in church is an opportunity to have a space directed by and for our senior youth. There may be worship, a discussion topic, a guest speaker, or a service opportunity at different gathering times. All 9th-12th graders are welcome and encouraged to join together!