The First Congregational Church of Darien

United Church of Christ

A community of faith since 1737

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Church School

CHURCH SCHOOL

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 SPARK “Activate Faith” curriculum by Augsburg Fortress, an innovative Bible-centered program with stories, activities, and a great “take-home” pamphlet designed to continue the classroom discussions at home when class is done.

Children are broken out into classrooms by age: 3’s/4’s/PreK, Kindergarten/1st grades, 2nd/3rd grades, and 4th/5th grades. Separate programming is available for Middle School students in 6th-8th grades. 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.

For questions about our Church School program, please contact our Church School Director, Christine Geeding.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FAMILY REGISTRATION FORM 2017-18

We require that all children be registered each year for Church School.  This form is available in classrooms or 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.

2017-18 Online Family Registration Form

 

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-PreK come together in one classroom and grades 1-5 meet in another classroom.  Click on calendar below.

2017-18 Church School Calendar

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

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 stay in church with the congregation and 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 youth bible to each and every 4th grade student enrolled in Church School.  These special keepsakes are used in class through Confirmation.

Junior Choir:  Children in 2nd–6th grade (younger if they can read) and who enjoy singing are welcome to join Junior Choir.  Rehearsals are held once a month at 8:30 a.m. and the children sing approximately once a month at 10:00 a.m.  Regular attendance is encouraged, but is not mandatory, so don’t let this stop you.  If interested, please contact our musical director, Dan Hague.

TEACHING TEAM

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 3–5Crafts, 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.