During the school year the Sunday School meets at the same time as the worship service. Children attend the first part of the service and leave for class after the Word for Young People. A Nursery space, which is staffed by responsible caregivers, is provided downstairs in the "Undercroft." In addition, a rocking chair is available at the rear of the sanctuary, for parents with small children who might benefit from a quiet place during worship. We also provide “quiet bags” containing coloring pages, crayons, books, and puzzles.
FOOD ALLERGY &
To keep our classroom area safe, the following policy is in effect. Some children and adults have anaphylactic reactions to foods such as peanuts and other nuts. These policies are in place to make the church safe for all!
Our Sunday School Program is for Preschool – Grade 8 and is organized in small, age similar groups. It is designed to accommodate each child’s particular needs. Our children have fun while learning and many of their voices ring out each Sunday in our lively Junior Choir. In addition, our youth (grades 8 & up) have an opportunity to participate in a 2 year confirmation program.
We currently are using the Shine curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to invite active participation, socialization and involvement in the community.
The Sunday School Curriculum is supplemented by many mission and outreach activities that have included UNICEF Trick or Treat collection collecting for local hunger relief, Heifer International, Pennies for Peace, as well as participating in the Church’s overall mission for disaster relief. In addition, our children have participated in our annual church yard sale, by selling baked goods & lemonade to benefit our mission work. They continue to look for ways to support the local and world community.
Our lively youth group has regular activities that have included sledding parties, movie nights, pizza making, and seasonal parties.
Through Adult Faith Formation gatherings, we seek to deepen our relationship with God and grow in our understanding of God’s vision for us and for the world. Our gatherings are discussion-based, that we might learn from one another. Discussion groups and programs are open to church friends/members and everyone in the wider community.
Each year, we offer opportunities for adult learning and discussion groups
- During the church seasons of Advent and Lent
- A summer series in June and July
- Special workshops and films.
Discussion groups may consist of two to six sessions and may be based on a film, book or curriculum. Here are some examples of discussion groups that have been held.
- “The Power of Forgiveness;” “The Way;” “Inside Planet Earth”
- The Book of Ecclesiastes (UCC curriculum)
- Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, by Lois Tverberg
- Every Valley: Advent with the Scriptures of Handel’s “Messiah,” by Albert Blackwell
- Just Eating: Practicing Our Faith at the Table (curriculum)
- Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, followed by a workshop on End of Life Issues
- Child of the Light, by Beth Richardson
- What Is The Bible? (Dickenson Series)
Times for such gatherings vary, but tend to be on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, in the morning or evening. We welcome suggestions for themes and ideas, as well as anyone who would like to serve as a group facilitator. For upcoming Adult discussion groups, please read our church newsletter, The Belfry.