First Congregational’s ministries encourage children and youth to explore their developing faith through learning, worship, service and fellowship—all in a warm and accepting environment. For information about programs, see our pages and comprehensive CYF Calendar.
Are you interested in working with youth? Browse the opportunities below, and contact Beck Fritsche, Coordinator for the CYF Center, for a volunteer application, which includes a background check authorization form.
You can also print out and complete our general CYF Volunteer form and SafeConduct Background Check and return it to Beck Fritsche at [email protected] Copies are available in the wall pocket outside the CYF office.
Infant Nursery/Toddler Room Caretakers
During the program year (mid-September–mid-May), assistants are always welcome for each room during each service. In the summer, the two rooms are combined. A television monitor is available in the infant nursery so that you may take part in worship even while you serve.
Preschool teachers commit to teaching for a period of 5-7 weeks. Teachers present a simple Bible story paired with an art project or other fun activity that helps reinforce the story. Pick and choose the activities you are most comfortable with! All materials and supplies are ready when you get to church so that you can focus on the lesson and the children.
Church School Teachers
Church School (Kindergarten-4th grade) teachers commit to five-week units during which they present a lesson to a specific age group each week. This enables teachers to build lasting relationships with the children. Through our workshop rotation system, children learn the same Bible story in many different ways. Children are excited by the variety and creativity in this approach and are eager to participate in the lessons each week. All materials and supplies are ready when you get to church so that you can focus on the lesson and the children.
Children’s Ministry Team
This group is dedicated to developing a vision for our children’s ministry program and acts as a sounding board for the Director for Children’s Ministries. The team meets about once a month during the program year to shape curriculum, develop volunteer roles in the ministry and plan events. If you want to help make a difference in the faith journey of our children, this team is for you.
Confirmands request an adult to serve as their mentor during the year-long program of Confirmation class. Confirmand/Mentor teams work in pairs, allowing for some flexibility with your schedule. Mentoring is a wonderful opportunity to guide a fellow Christian through a year-long journey of faith formation. Meeting times are on Sunday, after service and Mentors participate in the laying on of hands on Confirmation Sunday, which takes place in September after the year of study is completed.
Although mentors serve by request, we will gladly hear of your interest in taking on this role. Mentor Expectations
High School Youth Group Leaders
Adult leaders are needed for fellowship and discussion groups for High School students in grades 9–12. The groups meet on Wednesdays evenings from 6:30-7:30 PM.
Youth Ministry Team
This committed team supports the High School youth ministry primarily through specific roles such as Mission Trip Coordinator, Confirmation Coordinator, and Homeless Connections Coordinator. Team members also collaborate with the Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries to shape the direction and mission of our youth ministries, and maintain the vibrancy of our programs.
From time to time we assemble teams to enact a special project on behalf of our hundreds of active children and youth. Several of these teams work on the annual High School Mission trip. Other teams assist with Youth Sunday, youth-hosted fellowship events, mission work and more.
About Our SafeConduct™ Policy
First Congregational takes the cultivation of a loving and safe environment for all of its members seriously. Our SafeConduct Policy protects the safety of everyone who participates in ministries for children, youth and vulnerable adults. The Code of Conduct section within this policy is required reading for anyone applying to volunteer in these ministries.
If you are interested in volunteering with children, youth or vulnerable adults, we invite you to apply in advance so that you have the flexibility to jump in whenever an opportunity comes your way.