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.

Adult Volunteers

Are you interested in working with youth? Browse the opportunities below, and contact Jennifer DeWitt, 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 Volunteer Interest Form and return it to Jennifer DeWitt. Copies are also available in the wall pocket outside the CYF office.

Infant Nursery/Toddler Room Caretakers

During the program year (mid-September–mid-May, two assistants are needed for each room during each service. In the summer, the two rooms are combined. A monitor is available in the infant nursery so that you may take part in worship even while you serve.

Preschool Teachers

Preschool teachers commit to single units 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 teachers commit to five-week units during which they present the same lesson to a different age group each week. Through our workshop rotation system, teachers connect with every child in the Church School ministry. 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 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.

Confirmation Mentor

Confirmands request an adult to serve as their mentor during their year in confirmation. 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 Wednesday evenings, 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.

High School Youth Group Leaders

Adult leaders are needed for small fellowship and discussion group for high school students in grades 9–12. The groups meet on Sundays at 10:30 AM.

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.

Volunteer Pool

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. You may view the policy here.

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.