Children and Youth
Did you see? Our Sunday School Room has some stunning new additions!
We offer a staffed nursery for children under 3. Students in Preschool meet in their classroom at 9:15am and should be picked up by their parents at 10:45am. Beginning with children in Kindergarten through Grade 8, students start worship with their parents in the sanctuary, and are dismissed to Sunday School after the Children’s Message during worship. Children may be picked up downstairs in Cushing Hall at 10:45am.
Kindergarten through 5th Grade:
Students learn through a Workshop Rotation, approaching a single story for several weeks through a variety of different practices, including Art, Games, Drama, Science, Cooking, and Computers . Over a six year period, children will have learned 42 major Bible stories, including Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors, Jonah and the Whale, the Easter Story, the Christmas Story, the Road to Emmaus, and many more.
Middle School (Grades 6-8):
Students gather together in our new Middle School Lounge filled with bean bag chairs and comfortable seating. Their curriculum is centered around stories from our Biblical ancestors. Every re:form Ancestors session follows a three-part sequence: Encounter, Engage, and Respond. In each session, youth gather to watch a hilarious animated video, tap their creativity for activities that involve doodling, connecting, and journaling, and then share thoughts and ideas about the session’s ancestor. re:form Ancestors isn’t just about characters that lived a really long time ago. The curriculum encourages self-reflection that helps youth to identify with the heroes, villains, and everyday folks that God selected to do extraordinary things.
Volunteers are appreciated and needed to run our programs throughout the Sunday school year. To volunteer, or if you have questions about volunteering, contact our, Director of Christian Education.
Our curriculum for confirmation is called Confirm not Conform (CnC). It will focus on helping our young people ask tough questions about their faith while also attempting to seek out some possible answers to those questions. Through innovative sessions, field trips, mentor relationships, and the challenge to do a whole lot more than just learning a few facts, CnC lets our youth take real responsibility for understanding their faith and its power. When they do – when they see the church and their faith as something that truly belongs to them – it will help them build a bond that will last throughout their Christian lives.
At the end of their confirmation journey together, each youth will choose whether or not to be confirmed as a sign of their ability to take charge of their own spiritual lives. All participants, whatever their decision, are honored in a special service dedicated to their work, exploration, and discoveries.
Confirmation is recommended for all 9th graders, but open to any high school students who have not yet been confirmed. Please sign up now by completing a registration form!
With support from our congregation along with hard working fundraising efforts, the youth in our church community are able to accomplish great things!
30 Hour Famine: In an effort to stand in solidarity with the world’s starving children, our High School Youth Group is going hungry for 30 hours to help raise funds for World Vision, the organization that fights to eradicate hunger worldwide. You can help by sponsoring one our youth. Every $40 we raise helps feed and care for a child for one month. Please contact Rev. Hyde ([email protected]) if you are available to help. Thank you!
Youth Mission Trip Cinnamon Bun Fundraiser: Please do not miss out on enjoying some freshly made and delectably delicious cinnamon buns during coffee hour after our three Easter services! Donation made will go directly toward the youth group’s annual mission trip. This year, our youth will be heading to Farmington, ME!
A typical youth group year kicks off in September with a group trip to Kimball’s Farm for fun and entertainment. In October, our youth go apple picking at Tougas Farm. Afterward, they use all of their freshly picked apples to bake apple pies and deliver them to a local homeless shelter. December presents an opportunity for our youth to support our youth alums who are attending college by sending them care packages as they prepare for their final exams. With the football season coming to an close in January, it marks our youth group’s Super Bowl Sub fundraiser. Not only does our church get to enjoy some yummy delicious subs, but their monies also go directly toward the funding of the annual mission trip. The mild May weather provides a great opportunity to participate in one of the many local walk/run events that benefit our community. And to culminate the year, the youth group heads out of town in June on a mission trip where they put in many hours of hard work to help improve the lives of others in need.
As one can see, our youth program does a lot and would love to have you participate as well! God is making a difference in our youth and our youth are making a difference in the world. Please join in on the good work by registering below. Youth group gatherings are typically on Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm.