We have many exciting programs for your children here at First Congregational Church of Stratford, run by teachers and advisors who have committed themselves to providing a safe, loving and nurturing environment for your child’s journey of faith (see Safe Church Policy).The relationships developed between the teachers, advisors and youth of our church often last a lifetime.
Our mission is to help your children discover God’s living presence in their lives at home, in church and in the world. From toddlers who are just learning the Christian tasks of sharing and caring, through teens who are experiencing their first transitions into adulthood, our programs will guide your children into a healthy and joyous relationship with Christ.
You do not need to be a member for your children to join any of our Sunday School or Youth programs. Just fill out a registration form and join us today!
SUNDAY SCHOOL YOUTH GROUPS
Children under the age of 5
Kindergarten through Sixth Grade
Seventh and Eight Grade
Junior Pilgrim Fellowship (6th, 7th and 8th grade)
Senior Pilgrim Fellowship (9th through 12th grade)
Children Under the age of 5
The Crib and Toddler Room is set up for the safety and play of those under the age of two and is staffed by the same group of adults throughout the year. We feel this consistency of caregivers increases your child’s comfort level while you are in church. Of course, should your child become very unhappy and need your comfort, an aide will find you during service.
The Nursery (ages 2 and 3) and Nursery (age 4) rooms are set up for age appropriate play and safety. Our teachers will spend most of their time in creative play with your children talking about the most basic Christian beliefs of loving one another, sharing and caring.
Kindergarten through 6th grade
Our Sunday school classes are divided by age: Kindergarten; 1st and 2nd Grade; 3rd and 4th Grade; and 5th and 6th Grade.
7th and 8th Grade
Our children are preparing for their year in Confirmation study and the Witness curriculum helps them grow in their discipleship and share their faith with the world. Our goals are to know, grow and show: know the Word; grow in the faith; and show the service.
High school age children attend church with their parents. They may also want to assist with Sunday School classes and participate in youth group activities.
A young child is baptized into our faith with words spoken on his or her behalf by parents and members of our church. But as your children reach an age of greater understanding, they may want to confirm those words of baptism themselves.
Our pastor will lead your child through a year of study, prayer and reflection in preparation of this confirmation of their faith. Using the “Making Disciples” program, confirmands are paired with an adult mentor who will help them explore the basics of Christian faith: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, worship, the Bible, gifts, ministry, baptism, spiritual life, death and resurrection; and the church. Most confirmands begin the process in 9th grade, but confirmation is open to any high school aged child.
Our PFer’s take the word “pilgrim” seriously – gathering together to continue their faith journey – learning and laughing along the way. All 6th through 12th graders are invited to join the journey, members and non members alike!
Junior Pilgrim Fellowship (JPF) welcomes your 6th, 7th or 8th grader. They meet every Sunday night from 5-7 PM. JPF activities include games; Bible and social issue discussions; fundraisers; sleepovers; service projects; day trips, such as wall climbing and bowling; and a year end retreat. JPF is not limited to church members. We enjoy meeting new people, so if your children wish, they can bring friends.
Senior Pilgrim Fellowship (SPF) welcomes your high school student. SPF meets every Sunday night from 5-7 PM. The high schoolers gather for fun and fellowship, study and devotion. After all, "whereever two or three gather in his name, here I am.” Friends of PFer’s are always welcome.
PF groups plan a number of special trips and service projects each year. Yearly events include an annual hayride with the Junior PF; a Halloween trip to Six Flags New England; a fall retreat weekend at Silver Lake; and participation in the church’s “Journey of Homage” – taking Christmas gift bags of warmth and sustenance to the homeless of Bridgeport.
Permission Slip (pdf)
Safe Church Policy
Every person who is in any position to interact with your children in either educational or advisory capacity has been through our Safe Church Training program. We instituted this policy as one means to safeguard all of our children against any types of harassment or exploitation (including sexual). We would be happy to provide you with a copy of our Safe Church Policy. It is on file in both our church and Sunday School offices.