FAITH FORMATION FOR ALL AGES & STAGES
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!
What to Expect on Sunday Morning
Sunday mornings begin with our whole faith community gathered in worship. During the school year, worship begins at 10:45 am. Summer worship is at 10:00 am. Children, youth and adults of all ages are always welcome in our worship service.
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.
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.
Children & Families
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.
Sunday School Program
Sunday School classes meet during the second part of worship each Sunday following the Word for Children (except the first Sunday of the month). Classes meet on the lower level, 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:
K - 1st Grades
2nd - 5th Grades
6th - 12th Grades
Kids' Fellowship meets during worship following the Word for Children on the first Sunday of the month in Kaseman Hall. It is a supervised activity time for children who are not ready to sit through the entire worship service. The children share a snack and engage in play and fun activities. They are invited to return to worship and receive communion with the congregation.
NOISY Youth Fellowship
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 the first and third Sundays from 12:15 pm -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.
Please feel free to reach out to our youth leader, Daniel Diaz at Daniel.Diaz623@gmail.com with any questions.
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.
Youth... Combining Fun, Fellowship, Learning and Mission
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)