What can my family expect on Sunday morning?

children eating cookies at the Family Advent Event
A traditional, family-friendly worship service (10:30 am) is prepared for all generations to worship together. A nursery is available for little ones too young for worship. Children and youth start the service sitting with their families; parents might wish to ask an usher for Sharing Basket crayons and clipboards with paper to assist children in worshipping creatively. Children and youth join adults in the call to worship, welcoming of visitors, prayer of invocation, singing, and hearing scripture. Sometimes they lead parts of the service, either as a group or by offering their individual talents.

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 be " a caring community... nurturing spiritual growth and working for social justice." 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.

Read more about children and youth at CUCC.

Children and Youth Leading Worship
a youth reads scripture from the pulpit at youth-led worship
Palm Sunday youth designed worship
Children and youth learn the skills of leading worship from the earliest ages.  Children present the Christmas pageant on the third Sunday of Advent.  Youth develop and lead a multi-disciplinary Lenten Sunday worship service around a theme of their choice. Throughout the year, the Deacons invite children and youth to join the rotation of worship leaders by playing instruments, singing, reading scripture, handing out bulletins, ringing the gong, lighting Advent candles, and collecting the offering. Let a Deacon know if a young CUCCer at your home would like to assist with worship.

2012 high school graduates cutting their cake
Graduation Celebration
Being Together  
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 the National Wildlife Federation.   We are in the fifth year of planting a small garden at CUCC for the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry program.

Walk for Hope group smiles before walking
Raising funds for mental health
 research at Walk for Hope
Youth projects are selected by the youth group and occur throughout the year.  In addition to the annual commitment to organize the congregation to participate in the Walk for Hope, recent projects have included bagging and delivering food with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, preparing and serving a meal at the Helen Wright Center for Women, and attending a Moral Monday rally.