These are followed by the Children's Message, a message prepared for children; parents are welcome to join their children on the floor at the front. After the Children's Message, children and youth go to church school. [On first Sundays and special festivals, middle and high school youth remain in worship.] Children who prefer to remain in worship with their parents may do so.
In Sunday School the children and youth have an opportunity to explore their growing faith with their peers. This is a time set aside for them to "nurture their spiritual growth and work for justice," in the words of CUCC's mission statement. Through age-appropriate learning activities and loving interactions with adults and each other, the children and youth are given opportunities to experience the wonder and mystery of God and to live their faith.
Children and Youth Leading Worship
|Palm Sunday youth designed worship|
The playground is the gathering place for young children and their parents after worship. This is a time for play and friendships while parents compare notes and make plans.
For youth sixth grade and up, youth group is the place to make friends and tackle larger projects.
Being the Next Generation of Justice People
Through fifth grade, service projects are led by and done with adults, although the children select the projects for the quarter. When we donate our offering, we save it for a long time so we can make a sizable donation. This year we are supporting MIRA, to help provide a guide dog to a blind child. We are in the fourth year of planting a small garden at CUCC for the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry program.
|Raising funds for mental health|
research at Walk for Hope