"Let The Children Come..."
Children are central to the life and ministry of our church. Our entire church family is enthusiastically involved in the education and care of the children in our congregation. That is why we are committed to offering many opportunities for children and their families to be involved in worship, celebration and education. Children are also free to remain in worship with their parents, though most have more fun and get more out of the Sunday School environment. There is no mandatory class time until Confirmation.
We encourage all children to participate in church school, and visiting children are always welcome. Our lively and growing church school program is attended by 70 children in classes ranging from nursery care through middle school. We offer classes during both services during the regular school year and during the second service during the summer months. For more detailed information, including a description of curriculum, please visit our Church School page.
All children aged two and younger are welcome in our nursery. Miss Debbie is our nursery care provider and takes wonderful care of our smallest children. Children may be entrusted to the nursery staff before the service begins or brought down at any time during the service. Nursery care is available at all church services and generally during other church functions.
Worship is the central act of our congregation. Families are encouraged to worship together. Children of pre-school age and older begin their worship in the sanctuary, remaining with their families until the second hymn, when children are invited to process to their church school class. During their time in the sanctuary the children participate in the Time for Children where they come up to the front and join in a message focused on developing their faith. Children's worship bulletins, which contain games and activities related to the scripture lesson, are available from the ushers.
We have many programs for children and their families to share in the life of the church. Church school registration kicks off each September with a Pancake Breakfast attended by children and their teachers, all dressed in their pajamas. The Instant Christmas Pageant, potluck dinner and caroling throughout the community are always a highlight. Summer picnics, evening Campfire Vespers, Stations of the Cross and church dinners are a few of the many other opportunities available.
Vacation Church School
The Brookfield Vacation Church School is a long held and wonderful tradition in our town. We take an active role in the planning and leadership of this week-long program each summer along with the other churches of our community.
Junior Youth Fellowship (JYF)
6th grade through 8th grade
(Sundays 5:00 - 6:30pm)
The JYF focuses on working together and playing together as a group. We help out in worship. We reach out to the community through projects. We play together, and have fun relating our lives to Bible stories through skits, games, and outreach projects.
Senior Youth Fellowship (SYF)
9th grade through 12th grade
(Sundays 7:00 - 8:30pm)
The SYF seeks to make a difference - in their own lives as well as the lives of others by helping out in worship, offering their time to help church members and pitching in on church projects. We also spend time together in conversation and play surrounding contemporary issues and fellowship.
Baptism is a sacred celebration, promise and new beginning shared in the midst of the gathered community. Baptism is a mark of being a part of God's family. We are blessed to be able to welcome all those who see Christian Baptism for themselves or their children. Scheduling of Baptisms should be arranged with the ministers of the church.
Our youth in the ninth grade and above are invited to participate in our confirmation program, an opportunity to confirm Baptismal vows.
Our program is a multi-faceted opportunity to become a known and confessed follower of Jesus Christ. Along with their participation in regular class sessions each confirmand works one on one with an adult mentor following a self-guided program with studies in the following areas:
- Worship and Spiritual Growth
- Study and Learning
- Service and Caring
- Friendship and Fellowship
Never Ending Education
While much focus is placed on the education of children, we believe Christian formation begins at birth and continues throughout our lives. Confirmation is therefore seen as a beginning point instead of as a culmination of learning. Opportunities in Christian discipleship and learning are offered for adults throughout the week. To learn more, visit our Adult Education page, call the church office, see Crossways, or email us at email@example.com.
2014-2015 Christian Education Committee Members
Associate Pastor - Youth
Programs & Adult Education: Jennifer Whipple
Chairperson: Melanie Shapiro
Church Council Representative: Dave Honeyford
Adult Education: Susan Dodd
Time for Children & Nursery: Jennifer DiLorenzo
Coordinator: Barbara Crandell