Faith Formation for Children Youth and Families
Children are welcome to participate in all aspects of our Sunday morning programs. For infants through preschool age, there is nursery care available during the 10am service. Parents may keep their children with them in worship or they may leave their children in the nursery for all or some of the 10am service.
For school age children, we offer activity bags to assist children in engaging with worship lessons and topics. Children from kindergarten through 5th grade may leave partway through the 10am service and participate in Sunday school activities related to the themes and lessons of the day.
Picture the Bible
From August 2018 through May 2019, our worship and educational themes will be built around the 36 Bible stories featured in Picture the Bible, a visually beautiful, personally engaging teaching tool developed at First Congregational UCC in River Falls. Our Sunday morning worship, Sunday school, Messy Church and confirmation classes will all be oriented around these core biblical stories and images.
On the second Saturday of each month (October through May) from 4-6pm, Messy Church offers children, parents and sensory-oriented adults a lively experience of storytelling, play and worship in the comfortable setting of the Fellowship Hall. Messy Church includes a simple supper shared family-style, and it ends early to accommodate young kids’ bedtimes and evening activities
On Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:45 throughout the school year, children in kindergarten through 6th grade have creative play and learning opportunities followed by a simple supper at 5:30.
On Wednesday evenings, youth bell choir is offered for grades 6-12 from 5:00-5:30pm.
Beginning at 6pm on Wednesday evenings, 6th-8th graders engage in confirmation, which combines learning about the Bible, the Christian faith and the United Church of Christ with service learning and intergenerational visits. At the end of 8th grade, young people are invited to become full members of the church.
High School Youth Group
High school aged youth meet for social and service activities once or twice a month and are encouraged to participate in music and worship leadership and other activities in the congregation. One to two youth delegates are also elected to the church’s leadership Council each year.