Sunday Morning Church School
Youth in Middle High (grades 6-8) and Senior High (grades 9-12) are invited to attend active learning classes shaped for the life experiences of teenagers today. The volunteer leaders use Seasons of the Spirit, a lectionary-based curriculum.
Seasons of the Spirit is designed to invite the learner to explore meaning and mystery in the Bible through the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), a three-year method of encountering the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Each lesson is written to magnify the readings. The scriptures shared in the classroom are the same shared in the sanctuary, adding to a family’s ability to share in faith formation together.
The class leaders are seasoned veterans and are well-versed to share the curriculum. Using their unique talents and interests, each class experiences a fun and faith-filled engagement with the week’s scriptures. For more information on Seasons of the Spirit, please visit the Seasons of the Spirit website.
More than Sunday Mornings
To learn about Pilgrim Youth Fellowship and the Summer Mission Experience for youth, visit our Fellowship for Children and Youth page.
Human Sexuality and Faith
We believe that our sexuality is part of God’s gifts in creation. To help our youth grow into adulthood, we offer Our Whole Lives (OWL). OWL is a multi-age curriculum developed in partnership by the Unitarian-Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ to provide comprehensive sexuality education. Understanding human sexuality in the context of faith is critically important. OWL gives our youth the tools that increase knowledge, communication, safety and health.
This program is offered every other year, beginning in the fall of even years. Youth in Middle High (grades 6-8, 12-14 years) are invited to participate is a year-long (September-May) program that discusses aspects of sexuality and faith in ways appropriate to their place on life’s journey. OWL helps parents fulfill their role as the primary educators of their children on sexuality issues. It helps to create a partnership between the families and the church by honoring this role. Youth may only participate with parental approval and partnership.
Our Whole Lives Leaders are selected from the congregation because of their maturity and ability to share the sensitive nature of the material. They are specially trained and certified by a national association of OWL Trainers.
Confirmation is the historic act of youth taking on the promises their parents made at the time of Baptism and entering the church as full members of the community. Classes are offered for youth Grade 9 and older to investigate the history of the Christian church, the depth and breadth of the Bible, the reason of being part of a faith community, and the call for mission and outreach. The class is organized in October and meets regularly through May.
Confirmation class is led by the pastors, with the help of members of the Boards of Deacons and Christian Education. Adults from the congregation also take part as Mentors.