The Church School at Second Congregational, UCC provides faith formation for all children age birth to grade eight. Our young people are encouraged to participate in worship, assisting with classes in addition to other classes and activities for their age group.
Our traditional Church School program runs from September through May, with special events during the months of January and June. Every January the children and youth are assigned to inter-age teams to participate in Bible Olympics. June term allows the whole church school to focus on a Bible story by exploring it together through drama, games, cooking, etc. Service projects are an integral part of our program year.
All of our other teachers are dedicated volunteers who have a passion for helping the children of our church grow in their relationship with God. Some of our volunteers teach for a semester, others commit for the whole year, others teach as part of a team that rotates responsibilities, and still others simply help out with special events and workshops. We have opportunities to match numerous gifts and passions. In line with our mission to provide safe environments for our children, each class has at least two teachers who have cleared a CORI check.
Curriculum: Nurturing the faith of our children
The Second Congregational, UCC Church School proudly uses Godly Play and the Shine Curriculum.
Ages birth thru age 3
We have experienced caregivers providing a fun, safe and age appropriate space to play, hear stories and music about God. Godly Play will be used in our Nursery This will allow our older children in the nursery to begin engaging with the Bible Stories on a deeper level and provide a chance for the younger children of the church to hear parts of the Bible through storytelling.
Our elementary aged young people (grades 1,2,3,4,5,6) will gather in a Multiage classroom in the Lower Hall. These young people will gather together to hear the story of the week, using the Shine curriculum for Primary, Middler and Multiage) and then they will split up into age appropriate activities. There will also be some stations that the young people can choose to engage in. We will set up a "Book Nook", a Lego station, an art station, a dress up station, a Bible games station and others as the year unfolds.
The Middle School class (grades 7 & 8) will learn about the Bible throughout the year using the Middle School level of Shine.
Children and Communion
Children are welcome at the Table. On the first Sunday of each month the children start in their classrooms at 9:30. Children will return to the Sanctuary to receive communion with the congregation. Children will sit as a class unless parents choose to have their children sit with them. Parents who prefer for their child not receive communion, are welcome to have their child join them when all the children return to the sanctuary.
Each year, all children in Grade 2 and any older children who have not yet received a Bible from Second Church, will receive the gift of a Bible with their name on it. This is a gift from the Church family to help nurture the faith development of each child.
The first Sunday December the children celebrate advent by moving through stations of advent crafts to take home or to share with others. The older youth also put together packages for the home bound members of the church.
Ukrainian Egg Workshop
Each Spring, with the help of some artists in residents, the children follow the sacred Lenten Ukrainian tradition of creating intricately designed eggs by layering melted wax and dyes. We often have adults who join us for this special event.