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Sunday School & Pilgrim Fellowship (Youth Group):


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What is the purpose of Christian Education?

  • To come to know God, who is revealed in Jesus Christ, that our lives might have meaning and hope.
  • To connect the stories and symbols of' our faith with our own life experience in order to live the way God wants us to live
  • To grow in understanding and knowledge of God and Jesus Christ that we might become fully alive, working for justice and wholeness for all people.
  • To grow in mind, body and spirit and in loving community with others.
  • To develop a deeper relationship with God, and a deeper understanding of how God is active in our lives and our world enabling us to reach out to love and serve others.
  • To share in the heritage and community of our faith so we may become the people God wants us to be.
  • To move from brokenness to wholeness, .from despair to hope, from lies to truth, from hate to love, from doubt to faith.

SUNDAY SCHOOL:

Sunday School, for children in preschool through sixth grade, takes place during the worship service. Children begin in the sanctuary with their families and leave for Sunday School classes approximately fifteen minutes into the service. Children remain the worship services on communion Sinday (the 1st Sunday of each month), on some special occasions and on all holidays.

Our Sunday School curriculum is from the Cokesbury publishing company. The elementary school classes use “Deep Blue: At Home with God”, and the middle school follows “Submerge”. Each week, the children explore a new lesson in the Bible to help them understand what it means to follow Jesus and be a part of God’s family. Lessons include fun activities, such as games, art lessons, science experiments, and service to others.

Throughout the year, there are special activities during the Sunday School hour, such as craft workshops and music Sundays. We also have an annual Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Palm Sunday. There is an annual Christmas pageant during Advent. This is held during the worship service on a Sunday in December, with a rehearsal on the Saturday before. The pageant beautifully takes us through the story of Jesus’ birth through narration and music. It incorporates people of all ages, as well as the talents of our adult and cherub choirs.

PILGRIM FELLOWSHIP (YOUTH GROUP):

Pilgrim Fellowship is a program for our 6th through 12th graders, divided into junior and senior groups, to help young people on the journey of Christian faith, fellowship, and service. All youth of the Middlebury Congregational Church are welcome, as are their friends and other youth who are willing to participate sincerely in PF programs and events. Juniors will meet twice a month on Sunday afternoons; seniors once a month. An additional PF program event each month will be a mission project or social event, but always a fun time!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:

Each summer, Middlebury Congregational Church holds Vacation Bible School for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The program runs for one week, Monday through Friday, from 9:00am-12:15pm. There is a central theme for the week (past years have been “Operation Overboard: Dare to go Deep with God”, “The Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together”, "Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build With God" , Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of Gods Amazing Love", "Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God" and Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God"). Each day, the children learn about a different Bible story connected to the theme. Throughout the day, the children rotate through many different classrooms, learning about the story through music, art, science, recreation, and story time. Snack is also included each day.

All of our teachers are volunteers from our church. Some of them are professionals in their fields (music, art), and many are certified teachers who teach in local school districts.  In addition to the teachers, we have a number of youth volunteers helping throughout the week.

CONFIRMATION:

Students who will be in 8th or 9th grade by Spring 2020, are invited and encouraged to participate in separate confirmation classes, starting Spring of 2019 in preparation for affirming their baptismal vows and/or joining the church at the end of the program in Spring 2020. For more information, contact Pastor Katrina Manzi (kmanzi@middleburyucc.org).

THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION:

The Board of Christian Education is responsible for providing growth in individual Christian Discipleship through work and study to all ages with challenging work and educational programs. It maintains and operates the Funday School (Sunday school) for children, adult education programs and in conjunction with the Church Historian, maintains the Church history. In addition, it has oversight of bringing young persons into the fellowship of the Church through training, instruction in Christian ethics and morality and the Pilgrim Fellowship. It also oversees any pre-school programs operated by the Church.

Board Members:

    Pam Albon, Chairman
    Kelly Ecsedy
    Robbie Kamide
    Katie O'Conner
    Kelly Pelletier
    Norma Solberg, Vice-Chairman

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