Welcome to the Children’s Ministry of
First Congregational United Church of Christ
September – June
Open to all School Age children (K-12)
One of the most important ministries of any church is the Children’s Ministry. Parents are their children’s first teachers about faith. Our children learn by watching their parents practice and asking questions about why we do what we do. But often that’s not enough. That’s where Sunday School can help.
Recognizing that the youth of today are the faith leaders of tomorrow, we at First Congregational UCC have made a commitment to offer a vibrant Children’s Ministry.
Tracy Lovejoy-Kitzweger leads this ministry as our Sunday School Director and Lead Sunday School Teacher. She has over 14 years experience in the Faith Formation of children. In addition to her experience with children’s ministry, Tracy has served as our Office Manager for over 13 years. By serving our church in that capacity, she has gained an in-depth knowledge of UCC theology and she practices God’s extravagant welcome every day.
Sunday School classes take place during regular worship on Sunday mornings. At some point during the Worship Service (usually around 10:45 a.m.), our pastor will dismiss us to class. Once worship has ended, we invite the parents/guardians to grab their coffee and yummy treats from fellowship hour before coming to the classroom to pick up the kids, usually around noon. Please note, our in person classes follow the same safety protocols as our in house worship does. Children in class are socially distanced by family. Items used including tables and chairs are cleaned after each class.
We are using a curriculum called Faith Questions. It is centered around questions asked of faith leaders by youth. We are grappling with issues like Do All Paths Lead to One God? Why Do We Sing in Church? Why Do Some Churches Wear Red on Pentecost? What Do I Believe and How Do I Know My Beliefs are Mine and Not Everyone Else’s? Each Sunday provides a mixture of crafts, learning, physical and mental activities, all with an eye towards learning while having fun! We even serve snack, sometimes having made our snack during our class.
It is our hope that the children are as excited about our program as we are. We invite you to take a look at the pictures below and see all the fun we had in Sunday School last year!
We welcome you to come and be a part of this ministry! The fun of our program awaits!!
Every year we begin our program year by participating in some sort of Rainbow activity. Just one of the examples is pictured above. Just as God put a rainbow in the sky to show his covenant with Noah, we made rainbows to show our covenant with each other, the covenant to learn, laugh and work together.
We played Bible “Minute to Win It” games to wrap up our Books of the bible series. Here they are moving mini-marshmallows from one plate to another…..
And this is Noah’s Ark Animal Drop…..
Here they are running a water relay race – just like Rebekah when she drew water for all those camels…. the kids had to draw water from a “well” and bring it back to fill the cups.