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Elementary Faith Formation

SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION

September through May from 9:40 am to 10:45 am

WORKSHOP ROTATION for Elementary children is BACK!!!!  This year we will be returning to rotation-based curriculum around the theme of Compassion with a large group art activity to illustrate the images of our biblical stories from Illustrated Children’s Ministry.

All children from Preschool through 5th grade will begin in the Music Room to sing, hear the story, ask questions and pray together before splitting into age groups to engage the story on a deeper level.

Each workshop focuses on a different creative learning style or “intelligence,” which broadens memory and biblical literacy.  Through rotations of games, drama, science, cooking, art and more, we hope to engage the whole child in growing in faith.

We ask that all children involved in our Faith Formation program have an emergency contact form on file. This can be found on our website under forms. Click here.

In order to assure the safety of our children and youth, all adult volunteers have been cleared through a background check and have signed our Safe Church policies.

Youth Ministry Mission Statement

(Created by the Faith Formation Team 4/28/2016)

The Youth Ministry of Peace United Church of Christ is a fun and inclusive community that:

  • Nurtures and develops youth on their faith journey
  • Fosters safe and trusting relationships
  • And provides opportunities for service

Middle School Faith Formation

SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH FAITH FORMATION

September through May from 9:40 am to 10:45 am

Our Middle School class use a curriculum called “Caffeine &  Character” for the Fall 2017 semester. Caffeine & Character is written in an accessible way, and helps youth to engage their everyday questions in light of their faith to tackle topics like self-esteem, friendship, trust and more in contemporary language and through the individual youth’s experience.

We ask that all youth involved in our Faith Formation program have an emergency contact form on file. This can be found on our website under forms. Click here.

In order to assure the safety of our children and youth, all adult volunteers have been cleared through a background check and have signed our Safe Church policies.

 

High School Faith Formation

SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH FAITH FORMATION

September through May from 9:40 am to 10:45 am

Our High School class use a curriculum called “Generation Why” . Generation Why helps answer the world’s tough questions and engages them in discussion on the parables of Jesus, the sermon on the mount, the sacraments, and rituals of the church, as well as other topics.

We ask that all youth involved in our Faith Formation program have an emergency contact form on file. This can be found on our website under forms. Click here.

In order to assure the safety of our children and youth, all adult volunteers have been cleared through a background check and have signed our Safe Church policies.

Confirmation

(September – May)

At Peace UCC, Confirmation occurs bi-annually for youth during their 8th or 9th grade year (Sept – May, being confirmed in May). The 2017-18 class will begin on Sunday, October 8 at 1pm with a Parent/Student Information Class held on Sunday, September 17 from 12:30 – 2pm.  For more information, contact Pastor Beth.

Women of Peace

Thursdays from 7 – 8am in the Peace Room

Intergenerational women’s group that shares our life experiences in relation to a chosen topic. All women invited. Current book being discussed is: “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle.

Men of Peace

Tuesdays from 7 – 8am in Peace Room
Thursdays from 6:30 – 7:30pm in The Dwelling (during the school year)

Bible Study and conversation around relevant church issues. All men are welcome to join us.

Women’s Bible Study

(August–June)
Tuesdays from 10 – 11am in Peace Room

Lectionary based bible study using the Scripture for the coming Sunday as the basis. Open to all women.

Beverage & Bible

Tuesdays from 5 – 6pm at Glynner’s Pub
(1643 North Broadway, Rochester)

Each week we will review two interpretations of scripture and discuss how it relates to our every-day lives

OWL (Our Whole Lives)

OWL LIFESPAN SEXUALITY EDUCATION CURRICULA

Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula that was co-written by the United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist denominations. We offer the 7th-9th and 10th-12th grade classes every other year, usually on Wed nights from 6 – 8:30pm, January through March. Each class has one male and one female teacher that have been trained in the OWL curriculum and teaching methods. These classes have been taught at Peace UCC since 2009 and we recently completed our first Kindergarten – 1st Grade class in the Fall of 2015, and our 5-6th Grade class in March 2016.

Our Whole Lives equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

You can read more about the program at on their website. These programs are not offered every year.

The K – 1st Grade OWL curriculum will be delivered in the fall of 2017 (start date is Sunday, October 22 @ 9:30am).  A Parent Informational Session is scheduled on Sunday, October 8 from 9:45 – 10:45am in our Resource Room. For more information, contact Pastor Beth.

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