Just as Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,” children are welcome at First United. Our church school offers a place to learn Bible stories, sing about God and the spirit, and give back to the wider world through mission.
Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 10:45, September through early June
Children encounter the Bible through both the Old and New Testaments as well as participate in mission activities throughout the year. Nurturing the spiritual formation of children and youth takes a variety of forms: art, conversation, drama, play, lectio divina, music, community, and a healthy dose of divine silliness. Church School classes include God’s Children Sing (0-3 years with adult), age-graded classes (3-14 years) and confirmation (for 9th graders: See the Quest section on the Youth Ministry page). Church classes often share their gifts during worship by singing in groups by class or sometimes doing readings.
Every month, September through May, one church school class is designated as the “class of the month.” Members of that class are invited to do something special during worship. For instance, each February, the 4th graders learn lessons on Communion. They have a special afternoon baking bread that will be used during the service, and they assist adults to serve Communion. Other times, children share music that they have learned, or demonstrate how they have mastered the 23rd Psalm and the Lord’s Prayer.
One special job that classes trade each month is that of acolyte. Each week, two students light the candles that grace the altar and Communion table. Even when the smallest acolytes get a little extra help from a parent or older sibling, it’s a profound lesson to be a part of the church service, performing a special and needed role.
Additional church school information
To register children in church school, click here. To find out more, contact Lydia Mulkey, Associate Pastor of Education (firstname.lastname@example.org), 708-386-5215 (ext. 103). If you’re an adult or teenager who is interested in being part of a team to teach a church school class, Lydia also would like to hear from you. Teams of teachers are formed each summer, and new volunteers are always welcome. In addition, there are many ways for parents to assist. Parents can learn more each September.
Our literacy-rich, play-based curriculum supports children’s curiosity, creativity, initiative, and confidence. Topics studied, as well as classroom environment, are based on children’s interests. The nursery school holds both morning and afternoon classes from September through May and offers a themed summer camp. Some longer day programs also are available. The school has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1987. Enrollment in nursery school for the coming year is held each January. Church members and siblings of previous students have enrollment priority. Find out more about the nursery school at its website (firstunitedschool.com) or call Director Joan White, 708-848-4910.