Our church is bursting at the seams with babies, toddlers, and elementary school-age kids, who are rapidly growing into tweenagers and teenagers. We represent adoptive and biological families, single-parent families, gay and lesbian families, interracial families, and just about any other kind of family you can imagine.
Many of us are raising our families far from the places where we ourselves grew up, and we need all the support we can get! We find great comfort and joy in being each other’s village. In addition to the programs below, we provide for each other in lots of informal ways, and have impromptu fun together.
Church School is offered year-round during the worship hour for children ages 0-13, with professionally trained, CORI-checked staff and volunteers. For more about Sunday school and the nursery see here. Children and adults worship together once a month at Sabbath Worship in a service that speaks to all the senses, All Ages Worship.
Parents’ Night Out is a free monthly opportunity for parents to get needed down time. We take turns providing a fun evening for our children at church, including games, dinner, and a movie, while the grownups go out to dinner or do errands. The children can’t wait for it, and have their own name for PNO: Kids’ Night Out! For more information email Daniella Pizzurro.
Children’s choir is open to children of any age (with parent supervision recommended for younger kids), and children ages 6 and up perform in worship throughout the year, under the able direction of Chelsea Andrews. Rehearsals take place after Sunday morning worship. Email here for more information.
Our awesome youth groupers play games, do service projects, talk about important life stuff, and generally have a great time. Ages 6th grade and up are invited--for more information email Director of Family Ministry Allison Stansfield.
There are several area overnight Christian camps for children and youth that we highly recommend, with whom we have a longstanding and ongoing relationship. We can even carpool there with you! Check out Silver Lake Conference Center in lovely Sharon, CT and Pilgrim Lodge in Maine for two safe, reliable, caring, fun and inexpensive overnight summer camp options; the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC runs a day camp annually as well.