Children & Youth Education
The First Congregational Church of Madison offers a variety of faith-based programming for children of all ages. Sunday School, available during our 10 am worship service, provides God-centered lessons that focus on faith development and explores daily living as Christians. Pre-K through 8th grades. Elementary age lessons are guided by A Joyful Path curriculum, while our middle schoolers engage in activities and discussions related to contemporary issues that are anchored in scripture.
Parents of our littlest friends are invited to enjoy the worship service while their young children spend time in our safe and nurturing play space with our caring nursery provider.
Pre-K through Grade 4
Children participate in interactive lessons with the guidance of our dedicated and loving teachers use both A Joyful Path and Shine On curriculums. Each lesson is designed to affirm what it means to be an active Christian in today’s world, while fostering love of God, neighbor and self.
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We are honored to welcome your child into our Sunday School Community and look forward to engaging all children with God’s love through A Joyful Path curriculum that supports a weekly message with story, art and movement play. All PreK – 4th graders also participate in our vibrant music program and Treble Choir, led by Ms. Liz Bayreuther. Thank you for joining us!
“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Children attend the beginning portion of Worship with their families through the Moment for Children & Youth (small interactive sermon designed specifically for kids of all ages) prior being dismissed to Sunday School. We strongly believe that children are a vital part of our congregation and we welcome them into our worship services with open arms. After the Moment for Children and Youth, children are dismissed to the Undercroft for music and a Sunday School lesson that ties scripture to our children’s daily lives. Dismissal is in the Undercroft after Worship concludes.
Treble Choir: Liz Bayreuther, a licensed Elementary School Music teacher, shares her love of God, children and music with us each week by providing joyful music lessons and games to our Treble Choir, during Sunday School time. The Treble Choir sings during Worship each month.
Children from grades 5 through 8 have an abundance of church programs to choose from and learn about the Bible through a combination of experiences: Sunday School is offered weekly, the Chancel Choir, Junior Youth Group and Vacation Bible School. Adults are encouraged to volunteer in our programs.
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Grades 5 – 8
We are delighted to welcome all preteens and young teens into our Sunday School program! Each week we engage in fun activities and discussions related to contemporary issues, both in the world and our personal lives, to explore our connection to God and each other. Each lesson examines what it means to be a Christian in today’s world, and looks at ways that we can use our faith to make the world a better place. We are so happy that you are here!
Junior Youth Group
Our JYG program welcomes all 5th-8th graders (no church membership required, friends always welcome) to share faith development experiences that foster new friendships and deepen existing ones through participating in fun outings, community service projects, holiday gatherings and special events at FCC. Please contact Sue Timony-Hall 203-245-2739, ext. 27 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for current schedule and additional information.
Our Sunday School program strives to teach Christian values while building relationships with God. Classes of all ages focus on developing an understanding of the Bible, fostering compassion for and acceptance of others, and helping to recognize God within their lives, through the work of the Holy Spirit. Children attend the beginning portion of Worship with their families through the Moment for Children & Youth (small interactive sermon designed specifically for kids of all ages). We feel it is important for children to be involved with their church family in worship, music and prayer prior to leaving for Sunday School. 4th – 8th graders go directly to their Sunday School classrooms from the Worship service. These children will join their parents at coffee hour in Hubley Hall at the completion of their lessons, usually between 11:15 – 11:30am.
Chancel Choir – music for children in 4th through 8th Grade. Children rehearse after Sunday School and coffee hour, from 11:40am – 12:00 noon. The Chancels are led by Dir. of Music Ministry, Nathan Bayreuther. Special musical opportunities include an ecumenical children’s choir festival once a year.
High school students from grades 9 through 12 are welcome to participate in a variety of educational, community and faith-based opportunities: Confirmation, Senior Youth Group and Mission Trips. We welcome students and parents to learn more about our programs.
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Grades 9 – 12
Thank you so much for checking out our high school youth programming! We’ve got a year of fun and interactive events lined up for teens that are designed to deepen our connection to God and each other, often while providing service to others in need. Come on by for faith, friendship and, often, food. We look forward to seeing you!
Senior Youth Group
GROUP offers all 9th – 12th graders (no church membership required, friends always welcome) a safe space for deep discussions among friends, exploration of faith and social justice issues, opportunities for team building activities and community service projects, and fun outings all designed to bring us closer to God and each other.
The confirmation program invites 9th through 12th graders interested in deepening their relationship with God and their church, to participate. This program is not mandatory, and is driven by the youth’s own interest in affirming their membership in the church. Confirmation is offered to all high school students. Our next confirmation class will be forming Fall 2016.
Service Opportunities and Mission Trips
There are many opportunities to serve others both in our community and farther afield each year for our middle and high school youth. Being Jesus’ hands and feet here on earth is very important to us. We strive to empower our children and teens to be able to share God’s love with others, while deepening their own connections to God and each other.
Examples of upcoming projects include:
- An intergenerational soup kitchen morning in Old Lyme
- A student organized and student run food drive and coat collection
- YSOP weekend in NYC
- Care packages for college kids
- A homelessness awareness weekend on the Madison Green.
Each year we also participate in a longer mission experience in an impoverished rural or urban location. Please call Sue for information on upcoming events and watch our website for more details.