Children and youth are a valued and vital part of our community! At South Acton Congregational, a top priority is creating a place that is welcoming and inclusive for children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Whether you have a small baby, a wiggly preschooler, a curious “tween” or a high school student, there is a place for you and your kids! (All adults at the church who work with children have had a criminal background check and are trained in our Safe Church Policy.)
Our nursery, for infants through preschoolers, is staffed by a paid adult Teacher who is able to provide caring, consistent care for our youngest members. The nursery is open throughout the worship service, every Sunday morning.
Children in kindergarten through eighth grade attend the beginning of worship with their parents or caregivers, come forward for the “Message for the Young” and then adjourn downstairs for their own classes. Our Sunday School uses the Spark Rotation curriculum, an inclusive, creative program that enters bible stories through art, music, science, drama, cooking, and games! Some sessions are done as a “one room school house” with older kids enjoying being helpers for the younger ones. Most sessions divide the group into an “Upper Class” and a “Lower Class.” There are always a minimum of two teachers present at all times.
When young people reach the ninth grade, they may join our Confirmation program. This year-long class is led by the pastor and meets Sunday evenings and is a fun, hands-on way for youth to go deeper into their faith and life in the church. For 2012, our Confirmation class runs from September through May.
All high school students are encouraged to participate in our annual Mission Trip. Each fall, we begin meeting to prepare for this highlight of the year! Youth learn about our destination, do their own fundraising, and then head out to serve or build or clean up somewhere in need. Past trips have been to New York City, Kentucky, Atlanta, Maine, and Monson, MA.
If you have any questions about our programs for children and youth, please email the pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org!