Children’s Faith Formation at Storrs Congregational
As a congregation, we believe that children belong in the faith community as we all seek to nourish our spiritual practice, exercise our faith, worship God, and let our lights shine! While we are learning and practicing together, we also have fun together, sharing the stories and times of our lives, and being a support to one another. For the children of our church, this ‘being together’ looks something like this:
We currently offer Sunday School for ages 4-12, running from September through June. Following the “Early Word” children’s message at our 10 am Festival Worship each Sunday, children between these ages are invited to head over to the Christian Education building for a gathering time before they join their respective classes. The class for children in grades Pre-K to 1 is taught by Cheryl Mitchell and Hannah Richwine; the class for grades 2 to 4 is taught by Sue Irvine and Jane Moran; the class for grades 5 to 7 is taught by Bryan Klimkiewicz and Bob Malecki.
We use a wonderful resource called Spark, which guides are weekly curriculum as well as our scope-and-sequence across the year. Spark offers a variety of ways for readers and non-readers to engage the stories of the Bible. Children attending Sunday School classes will also celebrate each other’s weekly joys as well as share concerns, pray and sing together, and celebrate special events and holidays together.
One Room Schoolhouse
One Room Schoolhouse (ORS) takes the place of Sunday School every six weeks or so. During ORS, volunteers from the congregation lead children in activities related to the cycle of the church year, and use this special time to strengthen relationships among a wider age-range of children. ORS Sundays often allow for a more hands-on and interactive approach to the lesson of the day.
Children are always welcome to remain in the Meeting House for all of of the Sunday worship service! We do, however, set aside a number of Sundays each year—about once every couple of months—to specifically encourage families to worship together.
We believe that we learn to be the body of Christ by being together and we learn to worship by worshiping, and therefore on these Sundays we invite all ages to remain in the sanctuary for the whole service. As the worship leaders plan for a Family Worship service, special attention is paid to the different needs and interests of a wider age-range.