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Sunday School

sundaySchoolSunday school meets throughout the program year using developmentally appropriate curriculum for preschool through middle school.

We believe that each child and youth comes to us with different experiences and at different and unique places in their spiritual journeys, yet with something to share and help us learn from. Our aim is to help children and youth become familiar with the Bible and its impact on their lives in today’s world.

Our PreK-5th grade classes use the Sparkhouse Activate Faith curriculum. Our middle school class uses the Sparkhouse Echo the Story curriculum. Both allow students to explore the meaning and mystery in the Bible.

9:00 a.m. Sunday classes available for all ages

Sunday School classes follow the school calendar and are provided for all age levels.

Nursery Care (age birth-two): Room A (downstairs)

PreK-K (ages 3-kindergarten): Room B (downstairs)

Grades 1st-2nd grade: 1st-2nd Grade Room (upstairs)

Grades 3rd-5th grade: 3rd-5th Grade Room (upstairs)

Middle School: Sojourner Classroom (upstairs)

High School: Are invited to participate in Adult Education Classes

Congregational Preschool

Photo of Congregational Preschool children playing in sandbox

Congregational Preschool is a place where children can explore their world with the support and respect of skillful teachers who prepare educational activities that entice and motivate young learners.

Congregational Preschool offers a developmental program with opportunities for young children to participate in a variety of educational activities designed to challenge and increase their skills.  Each child is encouraged to pursue individual interests and progress at his or her own rate.  Congregational Preschool provides a child-directed, teacher-inspired educational environment where children grow and learn.  Learn more here. 

Youth Groups

Youth leaders create developmentally appropriate experiences for youth to grow holistically in our intergenerational community.  We believe in a healthy balance of play and spiritual reflections to help us develop a sense of kindred relations.  Our time together affords us the opportunity to gather, share, learn from one another, and explore the meaning of our faith and the blessing of being in a community of faith and service increasing compassion and  justice in the world.

Photo of the Middle School Youth GroupMiddle School Youth Group

Sundays, 6:30 p.m. in the Youth room upstairs

For more information contact: Pastor Jonathan

High School Youth Group

Jan. 24-March 14 (no Feb 14) ~ Attend Tuesday Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith (for 10,11,12th graders).   The 9th graders will begin confirmation at around the same time (TBA).

April 5 ~ After spring break, back to Wednesday evening HS Youth Group from 7-8 p.m. in Youth Room upstairs

For more information contact: Pastor Jonathan or Lisa Livelybrooks

Confirmation

Confirmation2016-280CONFIRMATION is a faith exploration series for 9th graders. The Confirmation Program provides a safe environment in which to share and learn about one’s beliefs as a person of faith.

Goals of the Confirmation program:               

Confirmation at FCC is a time dedicated to discovering the meaning of one’s beliefs by engaging in discussions on how the Christian faith matters with concerns and challenges of this world.We see Confirmation as a Right of Passage – the beginning of a personal faith journey as an adult.  A time to Identify and explore one’s faith while developing a meaningful inner life to help guide and encourage.  A program to affirm the sense of seeking as vital part of a life-long faith journey.

The Eight Points of Progressive Christianity will be examined closely while offering a comparison with other faith traditions. The qualities and impact of FCC as a community of faith will also be lifted up and celebrated. Finally, the program will help the students discover their unique God-given gifts and how these gifts might be used in this world.

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith program

Banner-RRR“Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith” is the comprehensive sexuality education curriculum we provide for our youth. Leaders integrate worship, prayer, and discussion of United Church of Christ faith values and principles into the programs (see www.ucc.org/…our-whole-lives  ). Participating in a human sexuality program in the church will help participants understand that sexuality is an important part of the way God created us; that their church cares about their sexual development; and that caring Christian adults are willing and able to talk with them about their questions and concerns. This sexuality education program offers a twenty-five week course for 8th graders as well as programs for youth in grades 4-6, high school youth in grades 10-12,  young adults, and adults.

Our Whole Lives is an extraordinary opportunity for youth to develop as sexually healthy and whole people. We draw from sources in our faith tradition teaching that human sexuality is God’s gift, which develops an ethic of sexual behavior that is mutual, respecting of persons, loving, and just. We invite all young people and their families to participate in this remarkable program.

Grades 10-12 Our Whole Lives Program begins the end of January

As we have done in the past, youth leaders from our own First Congregational UCC, First Christian Church, the Unitarian Universalist Church, and First United Methodist Church family have been dreaming and planning for a joint Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith group for our high school youth in grades 10 – 12.   We are excited to bring our youth and leaders together.   All youth in grades 10-12 are welcome – affiliation with a congregation is not required! 

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Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith (OWL) is a positive, comprehensive, and age-appropriate educational program that promotes sexual health. OWL was developed by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association and is based in the core values of self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity. Youth appreciate OWL’s content and process and the community of diverse peer support that develops along the way.  Parents appreciate the comprehensive information it offers youth at this important time in their development.

The group will meet on Tuesday evenings beginning January 24, end March 21. We’ll send out a detailed schedule after the first of the year. We will meet at First Congregational UCC.  Families will be enlisted to help with snacks. The facilitators, all trained in the OWL program, come from our four congregations.

We are inviting you to attend a Parent/Guardian Orientation.  If the young person in your life has already participated in OWL, we encourage but don’t require you to attend an orientation. For those new to the OWL program, parent orientation is strongly encouraged. There are two opportunities to participate – You need only come to ONE session:

  • Tuesday, January 17,  from 7 – 9 p.m. at First Congregational.
  • OR Thursday, January 12, from 7 – 9 p.m. at First Congregational

You will meet some of the OWL teaching team, learn about OWL values, assumptions, topics covered, and preview OWL materials. The orientation session is for parents only.  The youth will be oriented to the program in their first session on January 24. Thanks for putting one of these orientation dates on your calendar now.

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith is the best human sexuality curriculum there is.  We look forward to sharing OWL with you and your family in the safety and support of our church family.  Thank you for sharing this opportunity with other youth/families you know!

Contact: Pastor Melanie Oommen, melanieo@fcceugene.org, 541-345-8741

 

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