Children & Youth
We are a nurturing community.
We are committed to the Christian education and loving development of children and youth.
SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM
We are now offering three exciting programs, focused by age.
The preschool/Kindergarten class will focus on seasonal, basic stories of the Christian faith - including movement, a bible story, activity and play time.
The Grade School classes will use "A Joyful Path" - a spiritual curriculum that celebrates a joy-filled life, compassion for all, and the wisdom within. Each week will include movement, art activities, an original story, and discussion questions - music and nature are also woven into the lessons.
The Middle School class will be learning about our biblical ancestors through a video-based curriculum - Sparkhouse Re:form Ancestor DVDs and discussion.
If your child will be participating in our Sunday School program, please fill out the Sunday School info sheet for each child. They will engage in activities that help youth connect with the lives of these biblical characters. In the fall, youth will learn about Old Testament folk and will learn about Jesus and his crew in the winter and spring.
CHILDCARE ON SUNDAY MORNINGS
Sundays, 9:00-11:00 am
The Childcare Room (room #7) is staffed by a paid high school childcare worker (Sophie Bartol, Cris Chancellor and Mia Mancl) every Sunday morning starting at 9 am so that parents can attend choir practice and adult educational programming. For 10 am worship, childcare is available for infants and children through age two. We ask that all parents that take advantage of childcare fill out a childcare registration form for their child.
Each fall, we offer a "hands-on" mission project. This year, we're collecting items to make healthy dinners for NOURISH. NOURISH provides a farm-to-school and -community program to teach the importance of eating nutritious food.
YOUTH FAMILY BONFIRE
September 24, 2023 at 6:30-8 pm
Bonfire Gathering for Middle and High School Families - Sun. Sept. 24 from 6:30-8:00 pm near Deland Park Beach (more details to follow). Find out what Middle and High School youth group events are happening in 2023/2024. Bring a blanket or folding chair. We will have fun, games, singing with guitar players. The whole family is invited!
MIDDLE SCHOOL "JOURNEYS" GROUP
Middle School youth (6th/7th/8th grade) will meet on the first and third Weds of the month from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Youth Room (starting in Oct.). Youth will tackle questions about the Bible, disciples, Jesus, other beliefs and hot topics using the funny Sparkhouse Re:form DVD curriculum. Nancy Engberg, primary leader. In addition, Nancy will be offering monthly fellowship and service projects to engage the Middle School youth.
High School youth (primarily 9th and 10th graders) meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 7-8pm in the Youth Room. The students have an opportunity to learn about the basics of the Christian faith and explore their own spiritual journey and practices. Each student is encouraged to meet with a mentor throughout the year. Program includes: Fall retreat (Nov. 3/4), trip to Trinity UCC on southside of Chicago, visit to Milwaukee food pantry and culminates with Confirmation Sunday (May 19th). Pastors Jim & Julia and Nancy Engberg, leaders.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FELLOWSHIP
Each Sunday, children and youth are encouraged to attend the first portion of 10 a.m. worship service with their families. Following the "Time with Children," children head off to their individual classes (until 11 am). Teachers are available to answer your questions about Sunday School class locations and groupings - look for a person with a colorful blue name tag!
If your child will be participating in our Sunday School program, please fill out the Sunday School info sheet for each child.
On the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month (starting in Oct), Middle School and High School youth are invited to gather for dinner from 6:30-7:00 pm in Lucas Hall. Parents can sign-up to provide the meals.
HIGH SCHOOL GROUP
The High School youth will gather in the Youth Room from 7-8 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month (starting in Oct) for games, bonding and deeper discussion on the challenges of life. Nancy Engberg, leader.
We are a Safe Sanctuaries Church. One of our goals is to provide a safe environment for the children and youth who are entrusted to our care as they participate in our programs and use our facilities. We have adopted a policy and procedure to provide a safe environment - copies of which are available in the church office, or can be emailed at your request by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.