Welcome!

Parents and grandparents are children’s first and best teachers when it comes to a life of faith. First Church partners with its members to help children, youth and adults

  • learn the stories of the Christian faith

  • come to know God better

  • discover what it means to follow Jesus

  • live a life of Christian witness in the world

 

For registration forms click here:  

Church School and Youth Group Registration Forms

CHURCH SCHOOL

  • Families are always welcome at either the contemporary 9:00 am service or the more traditional 11:00 am service.

 

  • Children and youth (newborn through 12th grade) are registered each year, so we have the most up-to-date info and can provide the best possible Christian education, formation, and communication with families. Newcomers are welcome to join the program throughout the year.

  • A Nursery is available at the 9:00 service for children up to age 3.  Children are always welcome to sit through the service however we acknowledge that sometimes they need a break.  The nursery is not  staffed so parents are welcome to sit/play with their child.  There is a monitor in the room so parents and caregivers can still listen to the service.​

 

  • This Fall, we are going to be using a popular curriculum, Deep Blue by Cokesbury, and will be teaching in a One Room Schoolhouse for children 3 – 12 years old in our upstairs church classroom.  This model will enable all of our youth to be involved in the same curriculum and help them learn from one another. The theme for this year is “Loving God, Loving Neighbor”.  Our students will all begin worship together in our sanctuary at 9:00am and then after a brief children’s message, we will all go upstairs together to continue with the weekly lesson.  Children will be either divided into age appropriate groups for activities and discussions or at times, the older children will assist the younger children with an activity.  First Sundays of the month children will go up for Sunday School and then return to receive Holy Communion with their church family. 

 

  • As always, we invite the parents to not only be involved by volunteering in our One Room Schoolhouse, but to continue the conversations about what we learned at home.  Weekly worksheets and stories will go home with your children to encourage these conversations. 

 

  • Our Jr/Sr High Sunday morning class for 7th-12th grades, Learn, Worship & Serve, meets on third Sundays of each month, Sept. - May, beginning right at 9 am. On other weeks of the month, youth are invited to assist in teaching, or to worship with their families.

 

  • We invite children to sign up to Acolyte at our 9:00am service.  Please contact Reagan at firstchurchce@comcast.net for more information on acolyte training and sign ups.

 

  • Check the weekly calendar posted at church, or call the office 508-888-0434 for exceptions like Easter and school holidays.

  

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group provides opportunities for fellowship, learning, service and fun for 4th-12th graders, typically meeting once a month in addition to occasional trips, service opportunities, and special events.

  

FAITH MILESTONES

Baptism:

First Church practices infant baptism as well as baptism of children, youth and adults. Contact the office to learn more about scheduling a baptism: 508-888-0434 or sanducc@firstchurchsandwich.org.

 

Communion Instruction:
Typically occurs in Second Grade, culminating in children and families receiving together on World Communion Sunday in October.  Older children who haven’t yet participated are also welcome in this interactive, parent-child class. At First Church, all are welcome to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion whether or not they’ve received instruction.

 

Third Grade Bibles:

are given out at the end of each year.  Older children who haven’t yet participated are also welcome in this interactive, parent-child class.

 

Confirmation:

for 8th graders and any older youth who haven’t yet been confirmed; involves monthly classes throughout the year, as well as retreats and service opportunities.  Students create their own Statement of Faith, to be shared during the Confirmation service in May.

 

 First Church Sandwich, UCC

 136 Main St.

 PO Box 810

 Sandwich, MA 02563

 508-888-0434

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