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.
Check out the April/May 2019 issue of the Family Ministry newsletter here.
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.
Community Care Night is a monthly event created to help with Family Ministry fundraising, intergenerational bonding and parental support. Generally held on the third Saturday of the month, we provide trained caregivers for children and opportunities for parent seminars and intergenerational events like our Board Game Night.
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 our Interim Director of Family Ministry Colleen Goodsell.
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.
Nestled near college campuses, and in walking distance to public transportation, First Church Somerville is a great congregation for college students and young professionals. We recognize that families come in all shapes and sizes, including single adults and childless couples. Whatever your family configuration, there is a place for you at our table. Our Sunday School program thrives because so many young adults volunteer in our classrooms and as mentors for our teens. With pastoral book and Bible studies, small group activities, and many other gatherings throughout the year, First Church can be your home away from home. For more information about Young-ish Adults, email YoungAdults@firstchurchsomerville.org.