Our Children, Our Faith
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 children’s’ 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
Exciting things are happening at UCW this Winter and Spring!
Jan. 27: High School Youth Group Ski Trip
Feb. 1: Middle School Youth Group – Dinner Out on the Town
Feb. 9: Travelers’ Meeting for the Appalachia Service Project Trip
Feb. 10: High School Youth Group
Feb. 16: All-ages – Cradles to Crayons, Boston
Mar. 15-16: Middle School Youth Group – Overnight Lock-in at the Church
Mar. 24: Common Cathedral with Ecclesia Ministries
Mar. 29-30: High School Youth Group – CityReach Overnight in Boston
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: We love and value worshiping together as a community of faith of all ages! We have numerous inter-generational services throughout the year, and kids are always invited to share communion with the community.
Infant through preschool
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.
Younger elementary – Pre-K to 2nd graders
Together we seek to grow in our relationships with God and one another through sharing, Biblical storytelling, music, art, and hands-on learning and service projects.
Older Elementary – 3th and 5th graders
Our 4th and 5th graders also focus on deepening their relationships with God and one another, exploring the Bible through creative storytelling, prayer, art, conversation, service opportunities and more.
Youth – Middle School, 6th and 7th graders
Our middle-schoolers 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. Youth are also invited to join our Middle School Youth Group!
Explorers – 8th and 9th grade
Every other year our 9th and 10th graders are invited to participate in our Exploring Our Faith: Confirmation and Baptism classes. This year, our 8th and 9th graders will gather to prepare for next year, as they 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. These youth are also members of our Middle or High School Youth Groups!
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.
Click the button below for a printable PDF version of the 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 ‘Children’s 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!