For questions about our Church School program, please contact our Church School Director, Christine Geeding.
FCC welcomes children of all ages and developmental stages to learn with us as we explore faith. We offer a comprehensive Church School program for children ages 3 through 5th grade each Sunday from September through mid-June. Currently we are using the SPARKS “Activate Faith” curriculum by Augsburg Fortress, an innovative Bible-centered program with stories, activities, and take-homes. We integrate hands-on activities, science, games, and short videos to provide a stimulating learning environment.
Children are broken out into classrooms by age: 3’s – 2nd grade and 3rd – 5th grade. Often, our 6th – 8th graders are invited to assist the children in Church School as well. Separate programming is available for Middle School students in 6th-8th grades. Check out our Youth Ignite Group for more info!
All of our classrooms have at least two teachers in each room, as we employ a team teaching model to provide for a safe church environment.
We require that all children be registered each year for Church School. This form can be downloaded below and completed at home and then returned to the Church office. Importantly, the form includes a place for allergy information and photo permissions.
CHURCH SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Church School is offered every Sunday from September to mid-June. Designated Sundays when attendance is typically lower (usually around holidays) are called Block Sundays. During these times, children ages 3 – 2nd grade come together in one classroom and grades 3 – 5 meet in another classroom.
Third Grade Communion: In the winter of 3rd grade, students and parents are invited to attend two special classes designed to introduce and educate children about the tradition of communion. Upon completion, our 3rd graders experience communion for the first time with their families.
Fourth Grade Bibles: In late October of each year, the First Congregational Church of Darien presents a special bible to every 4th grade student enrolled in Church School. These special keepsakes are used in class through Confirmation.
Junior Choir: Children in 1st – 6th grade (younger if they can read) and who enjoy singing are welcome to join Junior Choir. Rehearsals are held one to two times per month, and performances happen in the spring. Regular attendance is encouraged, but is not mandatory, so don’t let this stop you. If interested, please contact Christine Geeding.
Our Church School teaching team is made up of parents, teens, and other adults from our congregation who have a call to serve children. We encourage all generations of our congregation to be actively involved in Christian Education. Potential teachers must go through the Teacher Training with the Director of C.E., after which they can sign up to teach at least one Sunday a month. We suggest that parents teach a minimum of one year per child during their Church School education. Church School teachers are mentors, friends, and faith-models for the children of the church. Anyone interested in teaching should contact Christine Geeding .
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Each year, traditionally during the third week in June, we offer a three day Vacation Bible School (VBS) adventure for children ages 3–5. Crafts, songs, games, Bible stories and much, much more make for a wonderful and exciting VBS! Check back in the spring for cost and sign up information.
Other fun events include Bible Game Day, Campfire Sunday, “Dads In Church School”, Blessing of the Animals, Teacher Appreciation Day, Welcome Back Sunday, Celebration Sunday, and week-day events such as “Kids Cook”, “Parents’ Night Off”, “Play With Clay” and “Paint Your Heart Out”.