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Programs

Children & Families


Children's Ministry

Sundays during worship

The children of our church transform and inspire us. They remind us of God's joy and our responsibility to live into our blessings.

Children in Worship

One of the highlights of each Sunday morning is our Children's Time, when our children come forward for a special lesson related to the day's sermon.

On any given Sunday you may find our children's artwork displayed in our worship space, a children's choir singing, the youth group reporting on a mission trip, or children reading scripture or lighting the candles on our communion table.

Special seasons bring children's programs and pageants, where you will find our children waving a "wind wand," narrating, and bringing the season's lessons to life in a whole new way.


Church School

Sundays during & after worship (during the school year)

Like the rest of our ministry, our Church School aims to:

  • Teach our spiritual narrative
  • Embody Jesus' ministry by spreading God’s love through social justice
  • Build community
  • Teach the framework of the Christian tradition
  • Provide families with the tools needed for faith formation at home and in all parts of life
  • For Preschool-3rd grade

    Children learn the morning lessons through interactive learning centers in a wide variety of ways: games, art, acting, singing, movement, food, even science!

    For 4th-7th grades

    Classes for older children help them apply the scriptures from the morning's worship service to their own lives— this usually includes crafts, games, and community projects.


    Classes for Families and Parent Groups

    Sundays and other times

    At UCCNB you'll find seasonal classes and workshops for families and parents to explore prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices.

    By having conversations and learning with other families, we hope parents can find new ways to connect church lessons with their own values at home.


    Our Whole Lives (OWL) program

    Special sessions offered every other year

    Families want to help their children, tweens, and teens navigate the tricky world of growing up and forming healthy relationships. That's why we offer Our Whole Lives (OWL) faith and sexuality classes.

    The values taught in these programs are:

    •Self-worth

    •Sexual health

    •Responsibility

    •Justice and inclusivity

    The program encourages participants to use the values listed above in decision-making concerning their own sexuality and relationships. They also are encouraged to explore and learn to articulate their own values.


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