As we travel through these days of the pandemic and uncertainty in our country and world, we are finding new ways to connect and support one another; share and deepen our faith; serve our neighbors in need; stand on the side of justice; and equip our children, youth and adults with the stories, practices and wisdom that will help us all get through this time with greater hope, resilience, meaning, purpose, and joy. God is with us, and is doing a new thing! While this year won’t look like last year, our way is faithful and full of hope as we walk together.
In-Person – 1st and 3rd Sundays
Kids and their grown-ups are invited to gather two afternoons a month in the greenspace in front of the church for a masked, distanced, in-person service. We’ll wonder and wander, share our Bible story for the week, encounter God in creation, pray for one another, and create something together. We draw inspiration from the Muddy Church Movement in the UK.
Prayground with Pastor Amy
In addition to our in-person Family Worship Forest Church and other in-person youth gatherings, the Children’s Ministry team has been providing resources and materials for families to create sacred spaces and moments in their homes. Our seasonal packets include weekly devotionals, as well as materials to creat art and engage in prayer practices. In the fall, Pastor Amy created videos to accompany the Prayground materials. You can access all videos by CLICKING HERE FOR OUR ONLINE KIDS AND FAMILIES POSTS.
PASTORAL CARE: This is such a challenging time for our kids and families, but we can take comfort in knowing we are never alone. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Rev. Amy Clark Feldman, Associate Pastor for Youth and Families, at [email protected] or 617-938-8112 for a listening ear, prayer, support or connection.
FOR CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES AND YOUTH GROUPS
Click the button below for this year’s online registration form. Thank you
We want all kids to know they are loved and valued no matter who they are or where their lives take them.
Children are born with an innate sense of spirituality and wonder. At the Union Church we seek to be a sanctuary for our children and families, where their wonder, faith and joy can be nurtured, and where all children can know they are loved and valued by God and by the many and diverse people who make up the UCW community. We also know that being rooted in love and faith can give us the courage and compassion to live differently in the world. We practice this by regularly serving in our communities, around block and around the world. Below is a description of our offerings Pre-Covid-19.
Sunday Mornings: After the first part of the worship service, after a Children’s Message, children and youth are invited to continue their worship, connecting and learning in Sunday School.
Communion Sundays: On the first Sunday of every month, Sunday School is shortened so that kids can re-join the community for communion. At UCW the table is open to all, and children are welcome!
Intergenerational Worship: We have numerous intergenerational services led by children and youth throughout the year, including for Earth Day, Christmas, Holy Week and more.
Our professionally-staffed nursery is a safe and nurturing space for our littlest-ones, where they share stories, create, play and rest.
Kids in pre-k through 8th grade meet in separate classes, as they grow in their relationships with God and one another, and discuss questions of faith through sharing, Biblical storytelling, music, science, cooking, art, and hands-on learning and service projects.
Exploring Our Faith
Every other year 9th and 10th graders are invited to participate in our Exploring Our Faith program. This year, the group will gather every first and third Sunday, as they connect with one another, discuss the stories and questions of our faith, and explore how faith may be relevant and lived out in their lives today. At the end of the year, some may chose confirmation or baptism.
Learn more about our Middle and High School Youth groups by CLICKING HERE.