Families and Children
Faith and fun are cornerstones of our children’s program, which fosters life-long friendships with each other and with God.
Sundays, around 10:15 am
Parish House & Fellowship Hall
Children join parents in the sanctuary at the beginning of the 10:00 Sunday worship service for a “children’s message” which explains the weekly sermon in language easily understood by the children. The “children’s message” is presented by our Church School Director, the minister, or a layperson and may take many different forms including puppet shows and dramatic skits.
After the children’s message, the children attend Church School in the Parish House or Fellowship Hall, where volunteer teachers offer creative and engaging curriculum, under the guidance of our Church School Director, Amanda Spagnolia. All of our volunteers – some of whom are professional teachers – are dedicated to providing children meaningful and fun experiences to grow in their faith.
We teach basic Bible knowledge and Christian traditions, along with creative lessons in ethics, sacraments, church history, and helping others. We are not a fundamentalist church. We teach respect for people and differences while covenanting to walk together on the pathways leading to God. Our motto is “that they all may be one,” looking toward a time when all of God’s people can live in peace and justice.
Joining is easy: just show up on a Sunday morning with your child. There is no fee, although we do encourage regular attendance.
Questions or concerns? Please call Amanda @ 732-845-5142 or Rev. Rusty @ 732-946-8821.
Sundays, 9:45 – 11:15am
Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers. Beginning at age four, children attend church school. Childcare is also provided during scheduled second-hour discussion groups. Just speak with Toni, Amanda or Rev.Rusty. To arrange childcare at other scheduled events, speak with either the pastor or the event coordinator.
Club UCC is open to children up to 6th grade (under 8 must be accompanied by parents). They usually meet on the first Friday night of the month. The goal is to promote faith, have fun, and sustain friendships made in church. All are welcome! For more information, email Valerie Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org
The youth group for 6th graders through seniors in high school meets most Sundays during the school year from 5:45-7:30 pm. The group is led by Rev. Rusty and Kat Bauer, who organize meaningful discussions, fun games, trips, outreach projects and zany events. For more information, email Rev. Rusty at email@example.com
SPECIAL EVENTS for Families
Children’s Day Service and Picnic
Second Sunday in June
Children’s Day service with songs, skits, readings and presentations done by the children followed by a BBQ with mandatory water balloons!
Sunday in mid-December
During the Christmas Season, we have a children’s pageant during worship. The pageants are always memorable, with both heartwarming and humorous moments, with a fun dollop of music thrown in!
Halloween Trunk or Treat
Don’t miss our Halloween “Trunk or Treat” Party, with haunted house, bonfire and ghost stories.
Summer Vacation Bible School – The whole family – parents and children – are invited to participate in a fun-filled week of Vacation Bible School in July. This is open to all. It is held in the evening so that parents can come with their children.