First Congregational Church strives to provide a Church School setting where our children can learn to explore their faith and to see God in their daily lives. We seek to help our children have a positive experience, learn and understand Jesus and the Bible, and foster a sense of service and concern for others.
Church School is offered for children in preschool through 8th-grade, and is in session from the Sunday after Labor Day through the Second Sunday in June.
Each week, Church School begins when the children are excused from worship following the Children’s Message. Together, with their teachers, they go to their classrooms where they remain until 11:30am. There, the children encounter a Bible story and/or a spiritual lesson through interactive activities games, projects, crafts, and drama.
Special Church School Events
Bibles for 2nd graders
Each year on Reformation Sunday our 2nd graders receive their own Adventure Bible to take home. We present these during our worship service and a welcome letter accompanies each Bible with suggested readings for the children. Children who join during the year are also welcome to receive a Bible.
On the Sunday preceding Christmas our church school classes present the story of Christmas through word, song and pageantry during our Sunday worship service.
Our Church School year culminates with Children’s Sunday in early June, when we turn the leadership of the service over to our students. Each classroom creates and leads different parts of the service, from choosing hymns and scriptures, to leading prayers and delivering short reflections and meditations on the year’s chosen theme.
The Children’s Sunday service marks the end of the regular church school year, and we take this opportunity to honor our church school teachers and present each child with a gift.
We adhere to a safe church policy which requires two adults in each of our classrooms and at all functions where our children are involved without their parents.