Connection, Education & Enrichment
Our children and youth programs start in September and run to the first Sunday in June. The children focus on one Biblical theme for 3 to 6 weeks. Every Sunday the children attend a workshop on the selected theme. They hear the Bible story that is the basis of the Unit and participate in an activity that reinforces the theme. Based on the Multiple Intelligence theory, workshops include art, cooking, games, music, science, storytelling, and video. In the summer, we offer a multi age workshop each Sunday for children 4 years old through 4th grade.
For Children 3 and under, we provide Nursery care from 9:45 to the end of the service. Children can be dropped off in the Crib Room before the service or taken down to the room at any time during the service. There are two volunteers in the room at all times.
All youth in grades 5-12 are invited to be part of the Brookside Youth Group.
Regular monthly meetings start in October and will meet the 1st Sunday directly after worship and the 3rd Sunday at 6:30pm. All middle school and high school youth groups will meet in the new Youth Lounge. Everyone is welcome to join.
Weekly Bible Studies are offered by the minister over a ZOOM platform. (September through May) We meet for one hour to discuss a passage from either Hebrew Scripture or the Gospels. The classes are intergenerational and affirming of all people.
Anyone can join at any time by contacting the church office and sharing an email address. Each session includes reading a Bible passage, exploring its historical context, considering its relationship to our lives, and choosing an invitation for a weekly spiritual journey. Classes are spiritually alive, inclusive, and everyone belongs no matter where they live or what they believe.
We offer Confirmation Classes during the school calendar year. Interested high school students meet with the minister once each month. We like to begin with an outdoor retreat during which we get to know one another and we build a united group dynamic. Traditionally, the theme is an exploration of the Trinitarian aspects of God, (Creator, Healer, and Spirit), with a discussion about the responsibilities of being an active participant in the life of the United Church of Christ. Classes are Open and Affirming of all physical and learning abilities. Students are asked to help design the class so as to utilize their creativity and imaginations.