Faith Formation for Children Age 3-Grade 5
A First UCC faith formation program to encourage children and families to explore spiritual disciplines and to practice those disciplines in our homes, in our communities, and in our world.
Sunday mornings, children participate in a faith formation gathering from 9:15-10:15am, then particpate in worship with their family from 10:30-11:30am.
F.A.S.T. Families: On the first Sunday of each month, parents are encouraged to attend the faith formation gathering with their child(ren). As a large multiage group, we will sing together, tell a story from Scripture, play with the story and then practice the Faith 5 exercise that you’ll be invited to practice at home twice a week.
Faith 5 - As soon as the first child in the house is ready for bed, stop for the Faith 5:
1) Share highs and lows of the day
2) Read the scripture verse of the week (click here for the list of scripture verses)
3) Talk about what God is saying to us
4) Pray for you and one other person or place
5) Bless (as simple as “I love you, God bless you, goodnight”)
|What does F.A.S.T. stand for?||Faith And Service Together|
|When does F.A.S.T. happen?||Sundays at 9:15am|
|Every Sunday?||Every Sunday. At 9:15am|
|What date does F.A.S.T. start?||September 16. At 9:15am.|
|What time does worship start?||Worship has been moved to 10:30 to allow families to worship together, Faith Formation Leaders to nurture their own faith, and to demonstrate our belief that worship is our most important faith formation practice.|
|What ages can participate in F.A.S.T?||The program is directed at children ages 3 to grade 5, along with their parents (see below). Anyone is welcome to participate.|
|Where do I bring my child(ren) for F.A.S.T.?||First UCC’s Assembly Room.|
|What is expected of me, as a parent?||To participate in F.A.S.T. Families!|
|Great. What is F.A.S.T. Families?||On the first Sunday of each month (at 9:15am) parents and children will gather together in the Assembly Room to explore our faith.|
|Anything else that’s expected of parents?||Attendance at the F.A.S.T. kick-off! On September 16th, at 9:15, Pastor Todd will give an overview of F.A.S.T., outline expectations of parents, and provide guidance on having children in worship.|
|Will the nursery be available?||The nursery will be available every Sunday from 9 – 12 for children ages 0–3.|
|Can I have a quick overview of F.A.S.T.?||F.A.S.T. was developed by our Children’s Faith Formation Committee to enhance both our children’s and our families’ continual faith formation. Based on the texts “Way of the Child” by Wynn McGregor and Godly Play, F.A.S.T. nurtures spiritual disciplines including meditation, contemplation, forms of prayer, journaling and acts of service.|