Our Children, Our Faith
And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (Isaiah 54:13)
At the Union Church in Waban we cherish our children and young people as valued and contributing members of our church community. We strive to support our children as they grow in their relationships with God — providing them with the words and means to recognize and name their own spiritual experiences, and learn how their faith can shape, direct, and enrich their lives. Through Bible stories, art projects, drama and music, formal and informal gatherings, holiday events, and community service, the children of Union Church grow in their faith and learn how to put their faith into action. As an interdenominational church affiliated with the United Church of Christ, our congregation includes members raised in a variety of religious traditions, as well as a number of interfaith families. What this spiritual diversity means for our children is that while they are rooted in Christian experience, they also learn to respect and engage with the faiths and spirituality of others.
The Christian Education and Spiritual Formation programming at the Union Church in Waban strives to:
- Nurture our childrens’ relationships with God, and nourish their spiritual lives
- Share and pass on the Scripture, stories, language and traditions of our faith
- Create environments where children grow in their relationships with one another and the church
- Provide opportunities for our children to live out their faith, growing in their care and commitment to neighbor and all creation
Following the Children’s Message in worship, children and youth are invited to gather and continue their worship, fellowship and learning in our Sunday School classes.
Communion Sundays and Special Sundays: On the first Sunday of each month, and some special Sundays, our 1st through 5th graders come together in the Vestry for a special joint Children’s Worship. Children are then invited to rejoin their families in the Sanctuary for Communion. Youth (6th and beyond) are encouraged to stay in the Sanctuary and share in worship.
In our professionally-staffed nursery and preschool room, our littlest members share a loving and safe space where they experience church through nurture, stories, songs, art and play. LOCATION: This group meets in the Nursery Room, across the hall from the Reception Room downstairs.
Exciting plans are in the works for this classroom, as we grow in our relationships with God and one another through sharing, Biblical storytelling, music, art, and hands-on learning and service projects. LOCATION: Littlehale Room (On the main floor hallway near the church offices)
Our 4th and 5th graders will also be focused on building relationships with God and one another, exploring the Bible through creative storytelling, prayer, art, conversation, service opportunities and more. LOCATION: The Vestry (the big gym-like room downstairs).
Our youth connect with one another, discuss the stories and themes of our faith, and explore how the Bible and faith may be relevant and lived out in their lives today. This year, we also hope our youth will play a meaningful role in Sunday morning worship and service, and are working on new ways to nurture and encourage their involvement. LOCATION: Upstairs in the Choir Room.
Children & Youth Ministry Registration
(Sunday School Registration)
Registering helps us learn about our children and youth – including any health or other information we need to be sure your child has a safe and great experience. We ask that all children and youth who plan to be part of our Sunday School, or children and youth ministry programming register.
Below please find a link to a copy (PDF) of this year’s registration form. Please return completed forms to the church, or send a copy electronically to Amy Clark Feldman, Associate Pastor for Youth and Families, at [email protected] Thank you!
Registration Fee/Contribution: We are grateful for your contribution to support the Children and Youth Ministries at the Union Church! Our suggested registration fee is $50 per child or $100 per family limit. Any amount is greatly appreciated, and all contributions will be used to purchase Bibles and supplies for our Sunday School and ministry programs for children and youth. If you wish to contribute the suggested fee, please find a PayPal option to do so below. If you would prefer to contribute a different amount, or to pay by check, please make your check payable to: The Union Church in Waban with ‘Childrens’ Registration’ in the memo section. Checks may be brought to the church or mailed to: The Union Church in Waban, 14 Collins Rd., Waban, MA 02468. Thank you!
Faith and Service
Throughout the year, a variety of fellowship, worship and service activities allow our children and youth to participate in the life of faith-filled community and to enrich their spiritual development. Sunday school classes and special weekday events also regularly incorporate service opportunities.
For a full schedule of Fall 2016 events and dates, please CLICK BELOW:
We are also excited to share our new Youth Ministry Team program and calendar. For an overview of our offerings and teams for Middle and High School Youth, please click below: