From September to May, Sunday mornings offer a wonderful opportunity for our children to delve into the discovery of God’s creation. Sunday School classes are offered from the Children’s Time (or Children’s Sermon) in worship until 11:15 AM for children from three years old to eighth grade. Here is the schedule for the 2017-18 year :
September 10-Homecoming, Blessing of the Backpacks, Many Waters and Church Picnic-Children in Worship
September 17- Preschool-Grade 8 (classes begin)
September 24 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
October 1 – Christ Kid’s Club
October 08 – Columbus Day Weekend – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
October 15 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
October 22 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
October 29 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
November 5 – Christ Kid’s Club
November 12 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
November 19 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
November 26 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
December 3 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
December 10 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
December 17 – Pageant
December 24 -Christ Kid’s Club
December 31 -Children in Worship, no classes
January 7 – Christ Kid’s Club – Epiphany Celebration
January 14 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
January 21 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
January 28 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
February 4 – Christ Kid’s Club –
February 11 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
February 18 – Winter Break – No Sunday School Classes
February 25 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
March 4 – Christ Kid’s Club
March 11- Preschool-Grade 8 classes
March 18 -Preschool-Grade 8 classes
March 25 -Palm Sunday Parade and Preschool-Grade 8 classes
April 1 – Easter-All Children in Worship
April 8 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
April 15 – Spring Break-No Sunday school classes
April 22 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
April 29 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
May 6 – Christ Kid’s Club – Preparing for Children’s Celebration Sunday
May 13 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
May 20 – Children’s Celebration Sunday – All In Worship
With the gifts of our volunteer teachers, and a curriculum called the Spark,, we explore meaning and mystery in the Bible. We offer five traditional Sunday School classes for the following age groups:
- Preschool (Ages 3-4)
- Kindergarten -Grade 1( Ages 5-6)
- Grades 2 and 3 (Ages 7-8)
- Grades 4 and 5 (Ages 9-10)
- Grades 6- Grade 8 (Ages 11-13)
If you’re interested in registering for this meaningful experience that offers both children and adults to engage in their faith, please register for all Family Formation programs with this form.
CHRIST KID’S CLUB
On the first Sunday of the month, our children from Grades K-5 take a break from their usual Sunday School classes for a different kind of learning experience. They begin in the chapel to expand their knowledge of God with Anne Fuehrer, our Director of Children and Family Ministries and special guests from the church community. The children then move upstairs and rotate through activities relating to the topic presented in the chapel. Children maybe picked up in the 4/5 grade classrooom wing.
Preschoolers are invited to continue classes with Mrs. McAloon or other parent volunteer and Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers. 6th through 8th grade children are welcome to participate in worship or assist with the large group activities.
BIBLE DISCOVERY WORKSHOP
A favorite spring tradition, this program is for 3rd and 4th graders. This workshop is takes place during Lent. It consists of three afternoon classes with discussion, games, snacks and a special song. The children are engaged in the competition of the games and learn to navigate through the Bible at a rapid speed in order to be successful in the games. It is an opportunity that adds to the Sunday School experience so that our youth have a better understanding of the 66 books in the Old and New Testaments. Each year, the program concludes with a presentation of Bibles in Sunday worship and the congregational singing of The New Testament Books of the Bible song, led by our newest graduates. Dates and times for 2018 are TBD.
CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION SUNDAY
We honor our children on CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION SUNDAY which will be May 20, 2018. On the Sunday of this special worship experience, our children lead us in worship, prayer and song as we celebrate their presence in our community.
GREETINGS FROM THE CHURCH NURSERY
The nursery is overseen by our Director of Children of Youth Ministries, with advisement by an informal team of Early Childhood Development specialists. Our little ones are cared for each week by volunteers: One Adult and/or one caring youth helpers who serve our church every Sunday. Each volunteer is asked to submit an application for a background check. The nursery is located upstairs next to the Community Room and comfortably situated between the Kindergarten and Pre-school classrooms.
If you have a child between the ages of 4 months and 3 years, please consider visiting the nursery. It’s a great way for your little one to spend time with our church family.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Our Vacation Bible School is a vibrant and engaging way to greet summer and end the program year at First Congregational Church. It is a half day camp for kindergarten –5th grade. It is held in mid June. Every year a different theme is chosen to highlight the scripture passage each day, along with hands-on activities reinforcing the message.
The specific dates and theme for 2018 will be determined in January.