Religious development and spiritual growth are important, no matter your age. Classes are offered for children, youth, and adults. Our subject matter is biblically based and provides students with a powerful sense of God’s faithfulness, grace, and love as they arise for us in daily life.

Biblically based, yes, but that does not at all mean we will deny the perspectives of science or social justice. For a century and a half, First Church has been a major voice locally for a progressive understanding of the Word of God, the Bible, as an instrument for faith-building composed by human beings but reflecting the Holy Spirit. Expect a fresh reading and socially responsible consideration of the Word of God when you study with us!

Sunday School, Adult Education, Worship Reflection, FAITH: Continuing the Search, Person-To-Person: Transformative Talk, Lenten Study Series,  Confirmation, special holiday and benevolence events, and more, fall under the rubric of the Christian Education Ministry.

Read more our educational opportunities below.

Programming and Education at First Congregation Church

Virtual Sunday School for Young Children comes online!
Family Sunday School is available as a video playlist from our YouTube channel OR (even better) with helpful materials you can print out at home from the Family Sunday School webpage!

 

Family Sunday School is a free curriculum designed by Spark House Media, especially for home quarantine. Each episode is about 12 minutes long and includes opportunities to break for activities, discussion, or snacks. And new episodes are uploaded each Tuesday for the following Sunday, so that parents can prepare ahead.

 

Family Sunday School is currently planned only to continue through June 7, which is before our in-person classes will resume. By then, we will have come up with another home Sunday School alternative.

 

If you would like to follow up about Family Sunday School, please contact Pastor Dave Denoon or Tracey Harris.

Youth programming at First Congregational Church is designed with faith, friendship and fun in mind.

Middle and High School

The Youth Sunday School Class will has a new curriculum called “Caffeine.” This exciting new youth curriculum is an energizing youth resource that’s inspiring and fun! “Caffeine” engages youth with imaginative retelling of Bible stories they can relate to. Utilizing this exciting new curriculum, we will address the topics of Cash, Christ and Confusion by uncovering deeper meanings in some Bible stories that will help our youth with making decisions.

Erick Falconer,
Assistant Director of Music for Children & Coordinator of Youth Ministries

Confirmation

Confirmation classes meet three times per month, September through June, every other program year, to discuss in depth what it means to be Christian and to help young people form their decision about joining the Church. Field trips to local houses of worship of other faith traditions and weekend retreats deepen and enrich this time of spiritual journey and reflection.

Most of our Confirmation students are in 7th and 8th Grade, but classes are open to students through 12th Grade. Our next Confirmation class will be forming in the fall of 2020.

For more information please call 314-962-0475 and ask to speak to Tracey (ext. 12).

Hello families! We are quickly approaching summer, and Vacation Bible School (VBS) this year will be in a virtual classroom. I will be putting together kits for VBS which will take place June 14-18 Sunday through Thursday with a half hour live zoom activity each evening 7:00-7:30 PM. You will have the choice of getting your own supplies, picking up supplies from church, or I can deliver them to you. You will need to tell me your plan when you register. Once you register, you will be given a Zoom link and a supply list if you choose to get your own supplies. This year’s theme will be Barnyard Round Up with an emphasis on the 23rd Psalm. Thursday evening’s Zoom will be a virtual farm visit. For more information or questions, click here to send Tracey an Email.
Registration should include:
  • Students names
  • Ages
  • Your name
  • Your phone number (s)
Please let me know if 7:00 –7:30 pm will be a good time for your family.  Finally tell me If you need supplies and if you would like to pick them up or have me deliver them.
Peace, Miss Tracey

Worship Reflection, FAITH: Continuing the Search, Practicing Our Faith, Person-To-Person: Transformative Talk, Lenten Study Series, special holiday and benevolence events, and more, fall under the rubric of the Christian Education Ministry.

 

Worship Reflection

Many Sunday mornings at 11:20 am, Pastor Dave Denoon hosts a discussion with church members and other worshipers about the sermon and the worship service itself.

 

FAITH: Continuing the Search

Our morning series, FAITH: Continuing the Search, is designed for people who may not be comfortable with the label “Christian” for themselves or else who may not consider themselves to be “traditional” Christians. FAITH: Continuing the Search leaders seek to create a comfortable and safe environment where discussion is encouraged, minds are broadened, and hearts are warmed. Participants watch a video featuring one of several individuals popularly associated with progressive Christian thought and then discuss their thoughts and feelings about the speakers’ messages.

Practicing Our Faith

Practicing Our Faith is a monthly gathering of women seeking to walk more closely with God by studying and discussing faith practices, such as Sabbath observance, stewardship, meditation, and prayer. They usually meet on the second Tuesdays.

Adult Education Opportunities

 The Christian Education Ministry offers regular Adult Ed opportunities on Sundays after worship. The topics include: Environmental issues, talks from Alzheimer experts, Native Gardening, Charitable Giving, and Organ Donation and Transgender issues.

 

FAITH: Continuing the Search

Our morning series, FAITH: Continuing the Search, is designed for people who may not be comfortable with the label “Christian” for themselves or else who may not consider themselves to be “traditional” Christians. FAITH: Continuing the Search leaders seek to create a comfortable and safe environment where discussion is encouraged, minds are broadened, and hearts are warmed. Participants watch a video featuring one of several individuals popularly associated with progressive Christian thought and then discuss their thoughts and feelings about the speakers’ messages.

Person-To-Person: Transformative Talk

Over the past couple of decades, it has been a disappointment to us that social discourse has often become polarized. As a congregation made up of people who represent a healthy variety of perspectives and cultural backgrounds, First Church endeavors to assure that all opinions are honored and persons respected. On first Mondays each month throughout the year (except September, when it’s on the first Tuesday), Person-To-Person: Transformative Talk puts that intention into action, as we invite speakers who are informed about the issues or other matters they represent, and then encourage discussion about their topic. The purpose of Person-To-Person is not to change the mind of someone who differs from you, or even to dare someone else to change your mind, but to come to a greater understanding of other human beings and, if you’re willing, to find yourself transformed and broadened in perspective and attitude. Person-To-Person is a forum for people, teenage through adult. Child care is provided, if requested in advance.

Lenten Series

On Wednesdays leading up to Easter, we gather for soup and bread suppers (6:00 pm) followed by lecture/discussion about Christian faith and practice or portions of the Bible. Enrichment experiences are provided for adults and children both, ending by 8:00 pm. Watch our calendar in the late winter or early springtime for announcements of subject matter and dates.

For more information regarding Christian Education, please call 314-962-0475 and ask to speak to Tracey (ext. 12).