Sunday Morning Church School and Youth Programs

Information about the various Church School classes offered on Sunday mornings, in addition to various other programs for our children and youth can be found in the following publication:

A Guide to Christian Education and Youth Ministry at BCCUCC 2019 – 2020

All children and youth from infants through Grade 12 who participate in any church activities (including the nursery, church school classes, youth group, confirmation, OWL etc) need an up to date Church School Registration form on file.  Download one at the link below.  Registration will take place on Sundays, September 9th and 16th both before worship (from 9:30 am) and after worship at coffee hour.  The registration table will be in the foyer of Fellowship Hall.

Church School Registration Form 2019 – 2020

Volunteers who work with our children and youth are required to complete a Volunteer Application Form, which can be downloaded at the link below

Volunteer Application Form

 

Birth thru Preschool:

Nursery

Loving nursery care is provided for babies, toddlers and preschool-aged children.

Pre-K thru Grade 1:

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.

Godly Play…

…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:

Deep Blue Rotation Stations

The 2nd through 4th grade group will be immersed in the Bible stories by using the Deep Blue Rotation Stations Curriculum. By using a rotation format where the children alternate between learning stations each week, they are engaged in Bible stories and characters through art, cooking, games, missions, storytelling/drama and spiritual practices. Each story will remain the same for three Sundays, but the children will encounter it in three different ways through the different stations. Repetition is an important part of Deep Blue.

Grades 5 and 6:

Connect

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:

Seekers and Peacemakers

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.

Grade 9:

Confirmation Class

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. Dale Azevedo.

Grades 10-12:

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.

 

Youth Experiences

Sing and Celebrate Choir | Grades 1 – 5

Though designed for children in grades 1 to 5, our youth choir welcomes older children who enjoy singing!  These youth enjoy learning how to participate in a choir and actively participate in our Sunday worship services.  Rehearsals take place immediately following worship service.

For more information please contact either Kate Colby at kcolby@fullchannel.net
and/or the Choir Director, Marina Zabinski at marina@bccucc.org.

Mission Trip | Grades 9 – 12

This group meets during the school year and takes their trips during April break or at the end of June to such places as Tucson, AZ, Biloxi, Mississippi, West Virginia, NYC, Philadelphia, Pinon, AZ and Orland, ME.   The 2020 Mission trip will be to Puerto Rico from June 21-27, 2020.  For more information click on this link

Our Whole Lives (OWL) | Grades 7 – 12

This is a series of comprehensive sexuality education resources written by human sexuality educators for use in a variety of congregational, school, and community settings.  Core values of OWL include self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity.

There are two programs we offer.  One is geared towards grades 7 and 8 youth; the other for grades 10-12.  We alternate each year between the two programs.  In 2018-2019 the OWL program was for grades 7-8.  In 2019-2020 the OWL program is being offered for grades 10-12.    See the current Guide to Christian Education and Youth Ministry at BCCUCC for the 2019-2020 schedule of classes. (link at top of page)

For more information about the OWL Program, please click here.

Youth Group  | Grades 6 – 12

The Youth Group will gather bi-monthly throughout the year.  One monthly meeting will focus on fellowship that includes group discussions, games, art projects, movies and pizza or some combination of those things!  The other meeting will focus on service.  We will reach out to groups in the community, and will help with soup kitchens & shelters.

Youth Group activities and meetings are open to all youth from Grades 6 – 12.    For the full schedule for 2019-2020, see the current Guide to Christian Education and Youth Ministry at BCCUCC  (link at top of page).

For more information about the group or current activities, contact Rev. Brendan Curran at brendan@bccucc.org

 

Below are pictures from some of our youth events!