FAITH FORMATION FOR ALL AGES & STAGES
The nursery is an important part of our community where many of our children begin their experience of church life, and friendships among children and parents are formed. Nursery care is available each Sunday morning for children, birth through age 3, staffed by our professional caregiver, Fredita Gomes. Fredita is a joyful and welcoming presence in our nursery who brings extensive experience working with children and has a current CPR certification. She is joined by regular adult volunteers who devote themselves to getting to know and serving our youngest children in a safe, nurturing environment. All of our staff and volunteers receive our Safe Church training. We encourage parents to visit and volunteer in our nursery. Our nursery is open at 10:30 am - 12:00 noon every Sunday. We also provide nursery childcare for specially scheduled church meetings and events.
Children & Families
What to Expect on Sunday Morning
Sunday mornings begin with our whole faith community gathered in worship. Children, youth and adults of all ages are welcome. We have a carpet space available in the sanctuary where children and families may choose to sit if they would like more freedom to move. You are invited to pick up an activity bag near the sanctuary doors if your child would like to read or color while they're in worship. During our church service we regularly offer a Word for Children. Near the beginning of the service, children are invited to join our worship leaders in the chancel. During the Word for Children we engage the children and congregation using a story-telling format in a theme related to scripture. Then our children and youth depart along with their Sunday School teachers to our lower level for Sunday School classes. Parents may pick up their children after worship.
Sunday School classes meet during the second part of morning worship each Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. Our Sunday School classes are taught by a team of teachers and follow an age-specific curriculum focused on exploring the Bible, church, theology and outreach through stories, games, creative activities, and shared conversation. We have four Sunday School classes: Preschool, Kindergarten-1st Grade, 2nd-5th Grades and Youth (6th-12th Grades).
Kids’ Fellowship meets on the first Sunday of the month following the Word for Children in Kaseman Hall. Kids’ Fellowship is a supervised activity time for children in Preschool-1st Grade. The children share a snack, play and engage in fun activities. The children are invited to return to the worship service to receive communion along with the congregation. Older children and youth are invited to remain in worship.
Combining Fun, Fellowship, Learning and Mission
Our teenagers are welcoming, creative and fun loving. We offer varied opportunities for teenagers to enjoy each other, serve others and learn about our Christian heritage.
NOISY is our fellowship group for Middle and High School youth led by our Youth Leader, Daniel Diaz. The group meets twice a month on Sunday afternoons from Noon-2 pm for lunch, fellowship, conversation and activities. Our youth also engage in various mission opportunities to save the community. On the first Friday evening of the month from November through March, our youth join to prepare, serve and clean up dinner at Rainbow Place, a seasonal homeless shelter for women in Rockville. Our youth are also invited to join in the many outreach and advocacy opportunities of RUC such our annual Yard Sale and mission trip for Habitat for Humanity or various fundraisers for charities.
FAITH CHALLENGE (Adult Ed), Sundays at 9:15
Various leaders will lead us in a DVD series entitled: Embracing Spiritual Awakening: Diana Butler Bass on the Dynamics of Experiential Faith. Diana Butler Bass explores what Christianity may look like "beyond religion and beyond the church." In this engaging and provocative study, Diana leads a small group of diverse adults, young adults, and youth in s fascinating discussion of how, both culturally and spiritually, we are in the midst of another of history's "great awakenings." (click here for more)