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 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 2015-16 year :
September 13-Homecoming, Blessing of the Backpacks, Many Waters and Church Picnic-Children in Worship
September 20- Preschool-Grade 8 (classes begin)
September 27 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
October 4 – Christ Kid’s Club
October 11 – Columbus Day Weekend – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
October 18 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
October 25 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
November 1 – Christ Kid’s Club
November 8 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
November 16 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
November 22 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
November 29 – Christ Kid’s Club
December 6 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
December 13 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
December 20 – Pageant
December 27 -Children in Worship, no classes
January 3 – Christ Kid’s Club – Epiphany Celebration
January 10 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
January 17 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
January 24 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
January 31-Preschool-Grade 8 classes
February 1 – Christ Kid’s Club –
February 8 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
February 15 – Winter Break – No Sunday School Classes
February 22 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
March 1 – Christ Kid’s Club
March 8 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
March 15 – Palm Sunday Parade and Preschool-Grade 8 classes
March 29 -Easter-All Children in Worship
April 5 – Christ Kid’s Club
April 12 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
April 19 – No Sunday school Classes
April 26 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
May 3 – Christ Kid’s Club – Preparing for Children’s Celebration Sunday
May 10 – Preschool-Grade 8 classes
May 17 – Children’s Celebration Sunday – No classes, All In Worship
With the gifts of our volunteer teachers, we use a curriculum called the Seasons of the Spirit to explore meaning and mystery in the Bible; celebrate in worship, sacraments, education, and service; engage in ministries of love, justice, and witness; and live in inclusive communities of faith, shaped and led by the Holy Spirit. We offer six traditional Sunday School classes for the following age groups:
- Preschool (Ages 3-4)
- Kindergarten (Age 5)
- Grades 1 and 2 (Ages 6-7)
- Grades 3 and 4 (Ages 8-9)
- Grades 5 and 6 (Ages 10-11)
- Grades 7 and 8 (Ages 12-14)
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-6 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 5/6 grade classrooom wing.
Preschoolers are invited to continue classes with Mrs. McAloon and Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers. 7th and 8th grades are welcome to participate in worship or assist with the large group activities.
BIBLE DISCOVERY WORKSHOP
A favorite spring tradition, this program for 3rd and 4th graders began in 1989 with Debbie Riley and Loretta Pond. In 2011, Deb Dagnan and Beth Hess took on the challenge to continue to teach the three afternoon classes through a combination of discussion, games, snacks and 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 2016 are TBD.
CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION SUNDAY
We honor our children on CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION SUNDAY which will be May 22, 2016! 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 one -two caring youth helpers who serve our church every Sunday. Each volunteer is asked to submit an application for a background check. This September our nursery was relocated 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 great summer and end the program year at First Congregational Church. It is a week long, half day camp for kindergarten –sixth grade. Every year a different theme is chosen to highlight the scripture passage each day, along with hands-on activities reinforcing the message.