Christian Education at Plymouth Congregational Church nurtures the life-long faith journey of each church member in a safe, open and affirming environment. To this purpose, our programs explore the Bible and the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, emphasize the Plymouth Covenant, support the United Church of Christ traditions of social justice and service and offer opportunities to act on those beliefs. Our programs also help people of all ages to develop a spiritual life that supports compassionate and ethical living and respect for the world’s people, with whom we share a common humanity.
Children of all ages are encouraged to sit with their families in the sanctuary for the opening part of the 9:30 a.m. service. Following the Children’s Celebration, they can leave to attend their classes. There are no children’s classes during the 11:15 a.m. service as children are encouraged to worship with their families during this service.
Birth – 5th Graders
Child care is provided for infants in the Nursery and for very small children in the Toddler Room every Sunday of the year, from 8:45 a.m. through noon.
New Summer Sunday School program – Faith, Music, Art
The Pre-Kindergarten / Kindergarten class and the Rainbow Journey kids (1st – 5th grade) will meet in the Mayflower room after dismissal from the 9:30 a.m. service for a program of faith lessons expressed through music and art. The Music and Fine Arts Board and the Christian Education Board have approved the purchase of two cajons (which are drums you sit on and play), five soprano ukuleles and two tenor ukuleles.
Amy LeMert-Nuzum and Annie LeMert will be teaching the music and the congregation will be treated to a concert on July 24. The theme is God’s Work and the kids will look at God’s Work in them, in their community and their world. We are looking forward to a great summer.
The 2016 summer class schedule is as follows.
June 12, 19 & 26 – class
July 10 & 17 – class
July 24 music performance in church & party in the Mayflower room
If you would like to help with this program or have questions please contact Susan Anderson, email@example.com.
Regular Sunday School during the school year starts up on August 21, 2016
Classes for 3&4-year-olds, Pre-K and Kindergarteners are held on the first floor of South Church. Each of these classes learn Bible stories through stories, crafts and games.
Our 1st–5th graders participate in Rainbow Journey, a rotational model of education. The children learn one Bible story for a 4-5 week period through various mediums—art, drama, theater, food & games. The classes are substantive, interactive and fun for the children.
Third Grade Bibles If your family has a third grader, this is your special year. Plymouth gives Bibles out to 3rd graders at a special ceremony during the 9:30 a.m. service on or near Reformation Sunday. This year the date is Oct. 23, 2016. To prepare for this event, we would like to invite 3rd graders and their parents to take part in five sessions that we will hold on Wednesday evenings, 7-8 p.m., during Plymouth Academy beginning September 21, 2016. Please contact Susan Anderson to sign up and receive the exact dates, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the first Sunday of every month, children ages PreK–5th grade are invited to the Althaus Chapel for a children’s worship service. This service teaches children our Christian worship and rituals in a relaxed, child-friendly setting. The children take active parts in reading scripture, telling stories, music, leading prayer and distributing communion. Parents are invited to attend these services with their children and to help guide youngsters through the service.
7th – 12th Graders
Pre-Confirmation Classes: Plymouth offers two years of pre-confirmation to middle school students (grades 6th & 7th). These classes meet weekly during the regular Sunday school hour. Using the pre-confirmation curriculum, That’s the Story of My Life, written in-house by members of Plymouth Church, students learn the “macro-stories” of the Bible—stories that provide broad, general themes and a framework for the practice of Christian faith.
6th grade meets in room 210S.
7th grade meets in room 204N.
Confirmation (8th Grade): Meets in room 205N. This class, using the UCC curriculum Affirming Faith, will prepare these young people for Confirmation. Students will learn about their faith tradition, discuss important spiritual questions, do service projects and create personal statements of faith.
Senior Seminar Discussion (9th–12th grades): This group meets in room 203N. Youth will examine current events, movies, art, music and contemporary issues as they relate to faith and day-to-day living.