The Christian Education Department at First Congregational Church is dedicated to LEADING OUR STUDENTS TO A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND SERVICE TO OTHERS BASED ON BIBLICAL AND SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS.
The CE Division is composed of people who are interested in the spiritual growth of our youth and want to show their support by volunteering their time and talents to reach this goal. Our teachers and aides are trained to use the lectionary-based curriculum Seasons of the Spirit, which is endorsed by the United Church of Christ.
All children must be registered for Church School each year for safety and recording reasons. Registration forms are available on Rally Day, which is held on the Sunday following Labor Day. Forms will be available during our all-church picnic and in each classroom for new registrants following Rally Day. Children should be registered for the same church school grade as they are in for their academic school. For younger students we have our Tiny Tots, Toddler and Pre-K & K classes.
The FCC church school program offers something for newborns through High School graduation.
Our Tiny Tots cares for newborns to two-year-olds and creates a warm, loving, spiritual and safe setting from the very beginning.
Our Church School classes for ages two through eighth grade provide a strong foundation for the future with a mixture of love, knowledge and hands on opportunity, to help not only their church, but also those less fortunate. Our leaders, teachers and aides give the students the tools they need for their faith formation.
We also offer a unique Confirmation Program which combines lay leadership as well as Pastoral classes with requirements including overnight retreats and service to our community.
We have a Junior Youth Group for students 3rd grade to 8th grade which meets monthly for a faith based activity or outing.
Our Senior Youth Group is for High School students who have graduated from our Confirmation Program. They meet with a leader to discuss current events and how their faith fits into their high school experiences. They can help mentor the confirmation class as well.
All students are welcome to worship with their family and friends each Sunday. After the message with the children our students are dismissed to the Church School Wing. On Communion Sundays they will be dismissed after Communion is served. Once dismissed, students up to eighth grade will gather together in the Dimond Room located at the end of the Church School Wing. Confirmation Class and the Senior Youth Group report with their leaders to the Guiteras House.
The Director of Christian Education will share the theme of the day, announce upcoming events, celebrate birthdays, sing, pray and collect our Children’s Offering. All funds collected go to our sponsored World Vision children; Anuj from India and Clarisse from Chad.
When finished, the students are dismissed to their individual classrooms along with their teachers. All classes end at 11:15am. An adult must pick up students up to 5th grade.
Attendance is taken each week and recorded. Students who have 7 or fewer absences during the year will be awarded an attendance bar pin on Children’s Day. More information is available in the Christian Education Booklet.
The Christian Education Committee is committed to providing quality education, programs and activities. They are always looking for ways to strengthen and continue the growth of their program. They appreciate any comments, concerns or help that you can give.
“LET THE LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO ME; DO NOT STOP THEM; FOR IT IS TO SUCH AS THESE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD BELONGS.” AND HE TOOK THEM UP IN HIS ARMS AND BLESSED THEM.
Mark 10: 14 & 16