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Church School

Children doing arts and crafts at Pilgrim ChurchChurch School is offered to children pre-school through 8th grade. Classes meet weekly during our regular worship service time on Sundays from 10am-11:15am, the first Sunday after Labor Day through mid-June; professional childcare for infants and toddlers to age three is available year round.

Sunday morning church school is grounded in the God’s Great Commandment: to love God, love our neighbors and love ourselves. Committed to providing a place for young people for growth in their Christian faith and service to others, we: share information about the essential stories of the Bible and our Christian faith; seek formation of compassionate and responsible Christian discipleship; and hope for transformation of lives through maturing faith.

A Typical Sunday

Students begin worship with their families in the sanctuary. During the service the children are called forward to sit in the front of the sanctuary for Children's Time, when the Pastor shares a story with the children about the lesson for the day. The children then leave the sanctuary and go to their classes. On Communion Sundays (the first Sunday of each month), students go directly to class.

A group of boys enjoying donut holes after Church SchoolClasses

Age 3, Pre-kindergarten (children enrolling in kindergarten the following September), and Kindergarten through Grade 7&8 (corresponding with grade of regular school attendance).

Curricula

"Seasons of the Spirit” is a United Church of Christ, Bible lectionary-based curriculum, which helps students make connections among church, home, faith and life. Many Sundays the curriculum follows the same text used in worship. Godly Play (Pre-kindergarten and Grade 1) applies Montessori methods to the sacred stories of Christianity. Reel to Real (Grades 7&8) examines moral themes and values of mainstream movies from a Christian viewpoint.

Teachers

Parents, high school students and adult members of our congregation teach six-week sessions. Lots of training, support, resources and encouragement are available!

Family Worship

Pilgrim Church encourages intergenerational worship by integrating young people into the regular worship life of the church and creating unique worship Children sitting under a "Welcome Home" bulletin boardservices which are “family friendly” in design. Church school students serve as acolytes, greeters, ushers and lay leaders on the second Sunday of each month. Special family services include Christmas Eve Service, Family Communion Service, Easter Service, Confirmation, and Youth Sunday.

Nursery Care

Our nursery offers children, six weeks to 36 months, loving care while parents are in worship. Staffed by a professional child-care adult and two student assistants from our congregation, it is offered 9 am to noon September through June and from 8:45-10:15am during the summer.

Other activities Cherub and Junior Choirs, service projects, know-by-heart Bible verses, and special observances: Bible Sunday (presentation of Third Grade Bibles), A Christmas Tableau, Youth Sunday, and a year-end Pancake Breakfast celebration.

For more information: contact CE Co-Directors Corey Lincoln (508-655-1667, ext.12) or Jane Raithel: (508-655-1667, ext.18) or