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.

Church School Gr K-6

Fall 2021 Church School Information

Welcome to First Congregational UCC Children and Youth 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- 6th Grade: 

Our Children’s Ministry Program meets Sunday mornings during the first 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.   

2021-22 Registration form

Contact: Dianne Droster

Our Church School 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.

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

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NOTE: The below does not apply while the church is closed due to COVID.

 

When and Where to Pick up Children

Church School concludes at 10:45 AM. If worship runs longer than 10:45, children will remain in their classrooms until the service has ended. If worship ends before 10:45, please wait outside your child’s classroom until Church School has concluded.

Classroom pick-up locations are printed in the worship bulletin each week and posted on the bulletin boards on the upper floor of the CYF Center.

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 3-6 are dismissed on their own and can meet you at the location of your choosing.

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?

When you register your child, we are able to keep you informed about upcoming events. More 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.

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

Your child will have an easier time making friends and learning the Bible stories with regular attendance, but we understand busy schedules.

Can my child participate in music at First Congregational?

Children are invited to join the Children’s Choir, which meets on Wednesdays, 4:30–5:30 PM. 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.

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

Children are guided to the CYF Center as a group and travel to their classrooms with their teachers. Your child will not navigate the building alone. If you wish, you may escort your preschool child to class with the guides.

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

Classroom pick-up locations are printed in the worship bulletin each week and posted on the bulletin boards on the upper floor of the CYF Center.

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 3-6 are dismissed on their own and can meet you at the location of your choosing.

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