Faith Formation Philosophy
At First UCC, we believe that faith development occurs across the lifespan. We celebrate the innate spirituality of every person. This means that we…
- Affirm the spiritual gifts found in people of all ages, from our children to our elders
- Respect diversity in faith, thought, background
- Explore the “big questions” of life together
- Ground our faith in the lessons, rituals, stories, and songs of the Christian tradition
- Frame our learning in the context of the progressive Christian values of love and justice for all creation
Children from preschool through grade 5 are invited to participate in F.A.S.T. (Faith and Service Together) from 9:15–10:15 a.m. F.A.S.T. begins in the assembly hall with 15 minutes of music time.
On the first Sundays of each month, grown-ups are invited to stay with their children for an all ages, multi-generational gathering in the assembly room (F.A.S.T. Families). For the other Sundays of the month children gather in age-differentiated classrooms to explore their relationship with God (F.A.S.T. Kids).
Each F.A.S.T. class is geared toward the needs and developmental level of the age group. Our teachers are volunteers from the congregation who feel called to this important ministry. They are trained and supported by the Children’s Faith Formation committee and the ministers. Our curriculum materials are carefully chosen to reflect our community’s progressive Christian values, focusing on God’s love and care for all creation. We believe classrooms should be safe spaces for children to openly share their thoughts, feelings, and questions about faith.
For more questions about F.A.S.T. or to enroll your child, please email Pastor Abby.
Middle & High School Youth
- Middle school youth (grades 6-8) meet on Sunday mornings from 9:15–10:15 a.m. We engage in a variety of different programming, learning modules, and projects throughout the year.
- High school youth generally meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month for lunch, projects, or special activities.
- We offer other opportunities for youth throughout the year, including service trips and Our Whole Lives sexuality education classes.
- To ask questions or get involved as a youth or adult leader, email Pastor Abby.
Our adult programs provide information, support, guidance, and companionship for the spiritual journeys of our members and friends. Contact the church office, or check the most recent Chronicle, for information about programs like these:
- Nine to Dine – fellowship groups that share meals in one another’s homes
- Koinonia – more intensive fellowship groups that meet frequently for study and conversation
- Senior Choir – an opportunity to deepen faith through music and worship
- Advent Series – fun, crafts, and carols for the whole family in the weeks before Christmas
- Lent Series – simple meals and inspiring programs during the weeks before Easter
- Faith Forums – Sunday morning speakers and programs on a variety of topics from Bible study and theology to social and environmental issues
- Weekday Bible study