Religious education for children at First Church is founded on learning about the UCC faith and its traditions alongside exploring our own individual faith journeys. Faith in action at First Church takes many different forms for our children. Social and ecological justice themes are explored through music, reading from and reflecting on the Bible, poetry/stories, hands-on service projects, and opportunities to share and learn from congregation members.
Together we read the stories of the Bible, talking together about its relevance to our lives. We explore what Jesus said and did to learn lessons for our own lives and in relation to those who are not ‘seen’ in this world the way God meant us all to be seen. Through the lens of our faith and an experiential curriculum, we encourage children to reflect on their own understanding and relationship with God, and all things holy and divine in their world as a source of comfort and strength and to engage more authentically with the broader world.
Children at First Church have opportunities to participate in liturgy through music, readings and children’s sermons, and also have their own religious education experience differentiated by age/interest/comfort level, incorporating those experiences in nature hikes, making art, and working on justice projects. Please feel free to email or call the church if you’d like to speak with our Religious Education staff directly. We’d be thrilled to share more!
Communication: Our Education newsletter will be in the weekly First Church newsletter, under ‘Sunday School News.’ Let us know if you would like to be added to the list.
The Safe Church Policy: All children are protected at First Church by our Safe Church Policy. Children and families are invited to sign in at the start of church. All of our teachers and staff are screened for safety backgrounds, and are trained in the Safe Church principles of the United Church of Christ.
Our Whole Lives (OWL): First Church occasionally offers this comprehensive sexuality education program.