First Steps on
The Faith Journey

Spirituality leads to resilience and to a balanced life. Making this process a normal part of children’s lives helps them find purpose and meaning in life. At First Congregational Church, we are committed to this process. The education of our children and youth is a sacred mission. We ground them in the certainty that they are God’s beloved children helping them form a solid sense of identity and place in the universe. Indoctrination, creeds or quick answers are avoided. Questions and diversity of viewpoints are encouraged.

We teach the universality of God’s love for humanity and all of God’s creation. The foundational stories of our faith, from both the old and new testaments of the Bible, contain timeless wisdom about how to relate to God and to each other. These stories teach lessons that make lives more fulfilling.

The wonderful diversity of families at our church brings a sensitivity and awareness to our programs, as we welcome all kinds of families.  Regardless of race, country of origin, language, gender identity, adopted, or fostered, we we are all one in the unconditional love of God.

  • Toddlers learn church is a loving and fun place.
  • Pre and K discover seasonal stories of our faith.
  • Elementary schoolers learn Biblical stories through art, drama, cooking and storytelling.
  • Middle schoolers study Jesus and the Kingdom of equals.
  • Questformation students learn about First Congregational of Boulder,  the wider United Church of Christ, and the Church Universal.
  • High schoolers learn life applications of Jesus’ teachings.

Everyone participates in monthly service projects, Communion Sundays and special Family Services.

Summer ARTS Camp, Confirmation Retreat and Sr High Work Camps provide fertile soil for deep relationships.

We welcome any questions you might have. Better still, come visit us.

Sunday Mornings

Our Infant/Toddler Room is a place to play and to learn how to socialize with other children. Ginger Johnson, a certified early childhood teacher with her own preschool, oversees our infant/toddler room. This age often has difficulty separating from parents, so our goal is to help our youngest learn that church is a safe place and a place to make new friends. The Toddler Room is located on the lower level of the FAITH center.

For our school age children, Sunday meetings occur at the same time as worship, 10:30 – 11:30am. Meetings nurture youths’ spiritual growth and teach them about leading a Christian life. Each group follows grade-appropriate curriculum that teaches stories and values, and engages youth in faith exploration. The 4th Sunday of each month is “SERVE Sunday” when all children and youth (1st -12th grades) choose from several service opportunities and work on one. This is an opportunity for young people to experience the doing of Christianity. Sunday meetings are the 2nd thru 5th Sundays of the month. Middle School meets in the Faith Cave and High School in the Grace Gallery.

Sunday School Registration

Youth Group and Movie Nights

Youth Group is a creative time for games, silly skits, music, art, and activities to fill the need for fun, community, and personal growth. We use the “Serendipity” model that believes, “Youth Ministry is about people not programs; relationships not religion; a new, radical, life-changing faith, not a tired old gutless religious tradition. Youth are looking for a choice not a compromise.” Youth forge and deepen friendships, discover themselves, and talk about life. Youth Group meets after church for pizza at 11:30am and activities from 12pm – 1:30pm. The high school group meets the first Sunday each month, and the middle school group meets the 2nd Sunday.

Movie nights are a staple in the community. They run from 6:30 – 9pm on the first Friday each month (except January). Adult Leaders arrive at 6pm to prepare. Youth put movie suggestions in a box, and they are drawn at the end of each movie night for the next month. Friday, September 1st; Friday, October 6th; Friday November 3rd; Friday, December 1st; Friday, January 12th (2nd Friday); Friday, February 2nd; Friday, March 2nd; Friday, April 6th; Friday, May 4th.

Christian Education Trajectory

Middle schoolers undergo an in-depth exploration of Jesus, his life, and his times. We hope that by graduation they have internalized Jesus’ teachings of love and inclusion, are forming a personal relationship with Jesus, and begin to experience their faith with God. For the 2017-2018 academic year we’re using the curriculum “Jesus and his Kingdom of Equals.” This curriculum teaches stories from Jesus’ life and has activities for youth to explore his life as a guide for their own. This curriculum focuses on Jesus’ teachings and building youths’ values. Core Components of the ministry: weekly Sunday School or worship, monthly Youth Group, monthly movie nights, youth retreats at La Foret each semester, special events throughout the year.

Sunday School Schedule

Monthly flow. This is the general monthly blueprint.

Sunday School: Fall – 9 meetings; Spring – 11 meetings; 10:30-11:30 Faith Cave; Begins September 10, 2017 ends May 20, 2018

1st Sunday: Communion Sunday, youth attend Worship together

2nd Sunday: Sunday School

3rd Sunday: Sunday School

4th Sunday: SERVE Sunday service projects, meet in Faith Cave.

5th Sunday: Sunday School

Youth Group: 8 meetings; 11:30-1:30PM; Location TBD; Some months it’s on the 3rd Sunday. Location varies based on activities

2nd Sunday each month October – April

11:30 – 12p Pizza Lunch

12:00 – 1:30p activities

Movie Nights: 9 meetings; 6:30-9PM; Grace Gallery

1st Friday each month; September-May

Detailed Schedule

September

  • 9/10 Getting to Know Jesus and each other
  • 9/17 A Timeless Message, Forever New
  • 9/24 A Land of Cruelty and Divisions

October

  • 10/1 Communion Sunday
  • 10/8 The Boy Jesus and his World
  • 10/15 Follow Me
  • 10/22 SERVE Sunday
  • 10/29 Treat Others as You Wish to Be Treated

November

  • 11/5 Communion Sunday
  • 11/12 Love your Enemies
  • 11/19 No Sunday School- Thanksgiving
  • 11/26 SERVE Sunday

December

  • 12/3 Communion Sunday
  • 12/10 Unto You a Child is Born
  • 12/17 End-of-Semester Ceremony

January

  • 1/7 Communion Sunday
  • 1/14 Every Person is Worthy
  • 1/21 Your Trust Has Made You Whole
  • 1/28 SERVE Sunday/ Youth Sunday planning

February

  • 2/4 Communion Sunday
  • 2/11 You Are the Light of the World
  • 2/18 What does it mean to Forgive?
  • 2/25 Youth Sunday

March

  • 3/4 Communion Sunday
  • 3/11 The Last Supper
  • 3/18  The Crucifixion
  • 3/25 No Sunday School – Spring Break

April

  • 4/1 Easter – No Sunday School
  • 4/8 The Future is Open
  • 4/15 Lazarus
  • 4/22 SERVE Sunday: Earth Day
  • 4/29 Jesus Disrupts the Temple

May

  • 5/6 Review and Plans
  • 5/13 No Sunday School – Confirmation Sunday
  • 5/20 End-of-Year Ceremony

Serve Sundays

Youth pick from 5 different service projects as a way to put our faith to practice. Past projects: writing care cards to church members, assembling care packages for homeless, making posters for food or clothing drives (then delivering the following month), making food, preparing for Soup Kitchen, etc. Youth meet in their regular rooms at 10:30am, then go to service projects. This year’s projects TBD. This year we’re enriching the ministry with more opportunities for deepening faith and friendships. One highlight is that Sunday mornings focus on spiritual growth and monthly Youth Groups focus on community bonding. In addition, all youth attend worship the first Sunday of each month to be an integral part of the life of our church.

Work Camp Sat June 9 – SAT June 16

Every year the High School students go out into the world and learn to serve God’s people in diverse walks of life through this week-long immersion. This year we will go to Heifer International to learn about ecological sustainability, global economics, and raw resources.

Sunday Meeting
Schedule

September

  • 9/10 “Welcome”
  • 9/17 “Friends”
  • 9/24 “The Story”

October

  • 10/1 Communion Sunday
  • 10/8 “Life”
  • 10/15 “Creativity”
  • 10/22 SERVE Sunday
  • 10/29 “Stuff”

November

  • 11/5 Communion Sunday
  • 11/12 “Play”
  • 11/19 No Sunday School- Thanksgiving
  • 11/26 SERVE Sunday

December

  • 12/3 Communion Sunday
  • 12/10 “Time”
  • 12/17 End-of-Semester Ceremony

January

  • 1/7 Communion Sunday
  • 1/14 “Choices”
  • 1/21 “Work”
  • 1/28 SERVE Sunday/Youth Sunday planning

February

  • 2/4 Communion Sunday
  • 2/11 “Prayer”
  • 2/18 “Food”
  • 2/25 Youth Sunday

March

  • 3/4 Communion Sunday
  • 3/11 “Truth”
  • 3/18 “Grieving”
  • 3/25 No Sunday School – Spring Break

April

  • 4/1 Easter – No Sunday School
  • 4/8 “Bodies”
  • 4/15 “Creation”
  • 4/22 SERVE Sunday: Earth Day
  • 4/29 “Forgiveness”

May

    • 5/6 “Justice”
    • 5/13 No Sunday School – Confirmation Sunday
    • 5/20 End-of-Year Ceremony