The purposes of Christian Education at North Congregational Church are: to increase knowledge and fellowship with God for all who attend, implement grade-based Christian Education standards so the children will begin to understand the basic tenets of our faith and to work with the teachers to supplement and enrich the curriculum to make Church School more enjoyable for our children.
Nursery Care is provided each week by parents or youth volunteers for children ages 0-3.
Sunday School is provided for children Pre K-6th Grade and begins at 10:15 am after the Children’s Chat given by the pastor. On Communion Sundays (the 1st Sunday of each month), the children are excused after the Passing of the Peace and return to receive Communion with the rest of the congregation. The 2010-2011 Sunday School Curriculum is Cornerstones: A Workshop Rotation Model. The lessons progress from the Old Testament through the New Testament. The children will spend 3 weeks with each story, “rotating” each week to a different activity, which will help to reinforce the lesson. Rotation workshops include: Storytelling, Arts and Science, Games and Movement, Puppetry, Drama, Cooking and Geography. This year’s theme is “Creatures of the Covenant” and will feature stories such as: “Noah’s Ark, Abraham, The Ten Commandments, Good Samaritan, Communion and the Woman With the Alabaster Jar.
A new Confirmation class will begin their yearlong program this fall. They will be confirmed in the Fall of 2011. Classes will be held each Sunday from 10:15-11:15 am for all youth in grades 7 and up. Students learn about the history and structure of the church, participate in community service projects, develop a statement of faith and attend an overnight confirmation retreat.
The youth group will meet on a monthly basis either at North Congregational or we may meet collectively as a group with our sister church, Church of Christ in Norfolk. A youth mission trip will be planned for the Summer of 2011.
A mission project is chosed annually for the children to participate in. Children from preschool through high school work on this throughout the year. Our mission this year will be “The Heifer Project International”. This organization works with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.
Some important events for Christian Education are: Rally Day (Beginning of Sunday School year….Sept 12th), Bible Sunday, Advent Workshop and Tree Decorating, Christmas Pageant, Fat Tuesday Celebration, Palm Sunday Breakfast, Easter Sunday presentation, Children’s Sunday and Church Picnic and Vacation Bible School.