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.

Children’s Ministry PK-5

Children’s Ministry Information

Welcome to First Congregational UCC Children, Youth and Family (CYF) Ministry. Our ministry is to provide a meaningful discipleship program from birth through high school and beyond for families. We seek to instill beliefs, offer meaningful forms of service, and create a progressive community for children and youth of all ages. You might best think of our ministry as Grow-Deepen-Name-Live. 

Grow: Birth- 5th Grade: 

Our Children’s Ministry Program meets Sunday mornings during the 9:30 AM worship service.  Children are welcomed to a place where they can gather to GROW in faith as they hear God’s story.  Lessons will be presented to children that convey God’s love through age-appropriate Bible stories, songs and prayer. Children will also grow in God’s love through activities that connect to everyday life and through a variety of sensory experiences.  As children grow physically, so will their opportunities to grow in faith, as lessons presented to upper elementary children include opportunities to learn more of how God is at work in their lives and the world through more challenging activities that continue to focus on God’s unconditional love.   

Contact: Sarah Wilterdink

PreKindergarten Program

Children who turn 3 by September 1stof the current school year may attend Children’s Ministry for3- and 4-year-olds in the Little Angels Room.Each Sunday includes crafts, stories and interactive play around the same Bible story that the older children are studying.

K-5

Our K-5 program uses a workshop rotation model. Students study a Bible story for several weeks, learning about it in different ways each week through a variety of planned lessons and activities such as art, cooking, science, etc.

Registration is open and is ongoing throughout the program year. Church membership is not required.

Register on REALM or download the forms below

Download the CYF/Music Registration Form

Download the Children’s Ministry Calendar

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Church School FAQs

Do I need to pay a fee for my child to attend Church School?

We do not charge a fee; however, your pledge or your weekly offering helps to fund programs for people of all ages.

Why should I register my child?

Most importantly, registration ensures that we have the contact and health information that will help us in case of emergency. Accurate registration numbers help us to estimate supply and teacher needs. When you register your child, we are able to keep you informed about upcoming events via email and the Remind app. 

We can’t be here every week. Will my child get in trouble for missing classes?

We understand busy schedules and just want your child to be here as much as possible. Your child will have an easier time making friends and learning Bible stories with regular attendance but they will be lovingly welcomed whether here 2 times or 20!

Can my child participate in music at First Congregational?

Children are invited to join the Children’s Choir, which meets on Sundays, 10:45-11:30 AM. The Children’s Choir sings in worship several times a year and also performs an important role in our pageants and intergenerational musicals. Choir is fun!

Does my child need to dress up for Church School?

We suggest that your child dress comfortably! Our classes often involve cooking, painting and other exciting activities.

My child isn’t comfortable participating in the children’s sermon. What should I do?

Don’t worry! It is okay for your child to stay with you until the children’s sermon is over and then walk to Children’s Ministry with us.

How will my child know where to go after the children’s sermon?

Children are guided by adults to the CYF Center as a group and travel to their classrooms with their teachers. Your child will not navigate the building alone.

How will I know where to pick up my child after church?

Classroom pick-up locations are posted on the bulletin board just outside the CYF Center and outside of the Sanctuary.

Children in grade 2 and younger are dismissed to a designated adult only. Please do not send older siblings to pick up younger children. Students in grades 4-5 are dismissed on their own and can meet you at the location of your choosing.

CYF Volunteer Form