FAITH FORMATION

From nursery care for our very youngest to contemporary theological study for adults, we offer Christian Education programs for everyone.  Our goal is to empower children, youth and adults to articulate the hope that is in them. 

 

Our vision is of an authentic Christianity, lived in a culturally diverse and religiously pluralistic world.  

We look forward to your participation!

Children and Youth are always welcome in our worship service!  On the first Sunday of every month Kids' Fellowship (grades Pre-K to 1st) meets in Kaseman Hall following the Word for Children.  All ages are invited to return to the sanctuary for Communion.  The remaining Sundays, we offer Sunday School Classes.  Nursery care is provided every week.  

Please pick up an activity bag on your way into Worship.  Lots of activities to keep little ones engaged.

Our Nursery

At RUC, we believe that the nursery is an integral part of our Faith Formation program, as the place where many of our children begin their experience of church life. Our nursery is open at 10:30 am every Sunday abnd is staffed by a paid professional caregiver as well as RUC volunteers.

Sunday School Program

Our Sunday School program for children and youth begins after the Word for Children during Worship (except for the first Sunday of the month).  Classes are divided into:
 

  • Pre-School

  • K - 1st Grades

  • 2nd - 5th Grades

  • 6th – 12th Grades

NOISY Youth Fellowship 

Middle and High School youth... Let's get NOISY! We meet the first and third Sundays of each month after worship from noon to 2pm. First semester dates:  • October 7 • October 21 • November 4

• November 18 • December 2 • December 16 (tbd) • January 6 

• January 20.  Please feel free to reach out to our youth leader,

Daniel Diaz at Daniel.Diaz623@gmail.com with any questions.

WAMmies

Music is integral to our worship and we believe in singing our faith!  WAMmies is Worship and Music time for children Preschool through 5th grade.  We meet on first Sundays from 10:10 - 10:30 am in the music room downstairs to sing and learn together in a playful, child-centered way. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend. This program is led by Rev. Jennifer and Marc Donnelly. 

Confirmation

We offer a confirmation class for youth in 9th grade and above every two or three years.  With pastoral leadership and adult mentors, we help young people explore their personal beliefs and spiritual development through learning more about the Christian faith and tradition as well as other faiths.  We explore faith including old ideas and new, the history of the PC (USA) and the UCC denominations, and what it means to be part of a Christian community.  Youth engage in a process of discerning their own beliefs and are given an opportunity to decide whether they would like to be confirmed and formally join the church.

Children and Youth Mission

Mission is an important part of life at RUC and we work to involve our children and youth in all mission.  In addition, they have many mission projects of their own, including:

  • Food drives

  • Assembling hygiene kits for the homeless, care packages for troops and disaster kits

  • World Vision's 30-Hour Famine

  • Heifer Project

  • Cooking and serving monthly shelter meals

  • Walk-a-thons  

Small Group Ministries

Small groups offer a place where we are able to help meet the diverse needs of our community.  Specific spiritual, emotional or educational interests are explored with others who have similar interests. Group members covenant to be present with one another, listen attentively, and hold in confidence what is shared.

Meditation/Prayer Group 

​Mind, Body, Spirit, Mondays, September - May.  7:30-9:00 pm 

This meditation/prayer group is designed to deepen one’s spiritual core and promote healthy living.

 

Contemporary Theology Group

2nd Wednesday, September - June, 6:00-7:30 pm  

Studying group-selected text exploring contemporary perspectives

of spirituality.  Including authors such as Rohr, Bourgeault, Leloup, Pagels, Borg, and Tippett.

 

Older Adults:  Hope & Humor

Usually the 1st Wednesday, September - May, 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Issues facing older adults are explored with hope and humor.  Currently discussing "Images of God" over the years.  

Shawl Ministry

A ministry of fellowship and nurture, many in our congregation knit prayer shawls for anyone needing a reminder of our love. People knit independently (lessons provided!) and sometimes in groups.  

Congregational Nurture

Our Congregational Nurture group provides many forms of care to those in need.  Activities include hospital and home-bound visits, organizing meals, providing cards and calls, arranging transportation and many other forms of nurture for all ages.