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

Sundays during the 8:45 AM worship service (program year, mid-September to mid-May)
Contact: Colleen Berry

Children begin the morning with their families in the Sanctuary. Church School begins at approximately 9:00 AM, when guides escort children from the Sanctuary to the theater in the CYF Center. Following a brief time of fellowship, teachers and students move to their appropriate classrooms for lessons.

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 opens August 1 and is ongoing throughout the program year. Church membership is not required.

Register

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Subscribe - Church School Newsletter

Visit the Church Calendar or download the Printable Church School Calendar.

When and Where to Pick up Children

Church School concludes at 9:45 AM. If worship runs longer than 9:45, children will remain in their classrooms until the service has ended. If worship ends before 9:45, 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.

Register