Molding and equipping the new generation of Christians is an integral part of our ministry at St. Paul UCC.

We have many fantastic opportunities in which young people, inside and outside of our congregation, can participate. All programming is geared toward getting kids involved while learning about and growing in their faith.

VBS will return in 2018!

 

For one week each summer, the halls of St. Paul UCC are filled with the joyous sounds of 100 or so children attending Vacation Bible School (VBS). Geared toward children aged 3 through 5th grade, school-aged youth begin their VBS day with the daily opening ceremony and then move into their individual age-appropriate groups to learn stories of our faith and how to relate these stories to their everyday life. While in their smaller groups, VBS children rotate through different workshops to learn the lesson of the day. These rotation workshops are similar to our Sunday School rotations and may include art, drama, music, games, science, etc.


CHILDREN’S MUSIC PROGRAMMING

If your child is interested in join the St. Paul Children’s Choir please let Jill know (jill@stpaulonline.org). The group rehearses on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:15 when school is in session under the direction of Joey Kurtz.


SPLASH

SPLASH, or St. Paul After School Hours, is an amazing after-school Christian education program. Not only does SPLASH offer Christian education, but also fine arts, music, snack and recreation. Time is also set aside for homework. First through fifth graders are welcome to attend SPLASH. SPLASH meets from 2:30-5:30 p.m. every Wednesday from Sept. 6-April 25. (SPLASH will not meet Nov. 22, during Christmas break from Dec. 20-27 or March 28.)

For more information please contact Jill Mayer.

Register online now.


SUNDAY SCHOOL

Registration is now online! Click here to complete the online registration. Hard copies are available on the Welcome Table and in the Sunday School Area.

Preschool
Sunday school class for preschoolers is held in conjunction with the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday church services. All preschoolers begin worship sitting with their family until the Children’s Message. After moving to the front of the church for their message, the children go to their classroom with their teacher.

Preschoolers then participate in age-appropriate activities and learn basic Bible stories, and also enjoy a time for free play. They have their own classroom in the basement of the New Addition and are taught by seasoned or professional teachers, all with lots of love!

For more information please contact Jill Mayer.

Kindergartners through Third Graders
Kindergartners, first, second and third graders will also be called forward during both Sunday church services for the Children’s Message. Following the message, the children will follow their teachers to the New Addition basement for their current workshop.

Rotating workshops immerse our children in the important stories of our faith. For three to four weeks, our children learn about a single Bible story in several different ways. Each Sunday, the children rotate between multimedia workshops that include art, drama, music, cooking, games, computers, science, audiovisual and storytelling. Each of these workshops cover the same Bible story in different ways to accommodate different learning styles and are adjusted to be age appropriate as necessary. In addition, if a child misses a week or so, he or she will still have the benefit of one lesson, thus not missing the opportunity to learn an important message from the Bible.

For more information please contact Jill Mayer.

To sign up to volunteer with Sunday School preschoolers through third grade please click the service you would like to help at: 9:00 (Traditional) or 10:30 (Contemporary)

Fourth & Fifth Graders
These youth meet together to begin preparing for their upcoming Confirmation classes that begin in seventh grade. After enjoying a brief breakfast together, the teachers then spend the rest of their time going more in-depth with the Bible stories originally learned during the earlier grades. Fourth and fifth graders meet only during the 9 a.m. service in the basement of the Parish Hall and attend worship together only on special occasions.

For more information please contact Jill Mayer.

Junior High Students
Our junior high students are busy learning by teaching. After starting their time together in the Teen Room in the Parish Hall basement with breakfast and reflecting on the current Sunday School lesson, the junior high youth assist in teaching the Bible lessons to the younger Sunday School children. Then, between the late and early services, they turn their focus to mission and collect items for Martha’s Kitchen/Mary’s Heart near the administrative entrance to the sanctuary. To wrap up their morning, they attend second service to hear God’s word and worship together as a group.

For more information please contact Jill Mayer.

High School Students
St Paul UCC High School Youth Group is a home for area high school students; a place where they can be themselves. They come together in fellowship, faith and mission. All 9th through 12th grade students are encouraged to participate. The group meets in the Parish Hall of St Paul on Wednesday nights during the academic year from 6:30-8:30 pm, with further opportunities available during the summer, such as mission trips, where they can extend their spiritual journey in amazing ways. For the 2015-2016 school year, our primary summer trip is to attend the National Youth Event in Orlando, Florida July 26th-30, 2016. Follow us on our Facebook page at St Paul UCC High School Youth Group and Twitter at StPaulUCC__HSYG throughout the year to keep updated with our activities.


CONFIRMATION

Confirmation Class is well underway 2016-2017.

Look for more information in summer 2017 for the next class formation information. The minimum age requirement is of being in the seventh grade.  The purpose of the 2-year Confirmation Class is to journey with our young folks as they wrestle with what it means to own their own Christian discipleship.


YOUTH FELLOWSHIP

Instilling a sense of belonging to St. Paul UCC and the wider Christian church is the goal of the St. Paul UCC youth fellowship. Young people from all faiths in our community are welcome to participate in fun activities and meaningful missions. All programming is intended to teach youth what it means to be a Christian in today’s world.

Junior High Youth
Sixth through eighth graders get together every Wednesday during the school year for the three Fs: Fun, fellowship and food! Meet in the Teen Room in the Parish Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jay Tyson.

Senior High Youth
Young adults in high school gather at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Parish Hall each week while school is in session. Their time together includes learning, service and encouraging each other in their Christian faith.  For more information, please contact Sasha Watson.