Children and Pre-Teen/Teen Faith Formation

Sunday morning church school

We use the Sparkhouse curriculum which is based on Bible stories that focus on the development of faith in God and building a relationship with Jesus.  Children through 6th grade begin in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. with their families.  Following the Children’s Message on the chancel steps with the minister, they are dismissed with their teachers to their age-specific classrooms. During the school year, the 4th-grade students complete a Bible study and receive their own NRSV Bibles.

For more information, please contact Chris Calandra.

Child Care

Each Sunday morning from 9:45 -11:15 a.m., there is childcare available for infants to three-year-olds in the Nursery playroom.  The room is equipped with a computer monitor that allows parents to view the worship service while staying with their children if they desire.

For more information, please contact Chris Calandra


Confirmation instruction focuses on confirming our baptismal promises by growing in our knowledge and love of God, making a commitment to Jesus Christ, and developing loving relationships in the church community.  Confirmation is a structured, two-year journey of faith for 7th and 8th graders that culminates with each confirmand’s affirmation of their Christian faith and full membership in GCC.

Confirmands meet each Sunday for study, exploration, and articulation of various aspects of their beliefs.  In addition, students attend worship services at GCC and write reflection sheets on their worship experience. Confirmands also participate in service projects, attend retreats, and learn in fellowship with their peers.

For more information, please contact Abigail Lutz.

middle and high school youth group

Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. during the program year, middle school and high school teens enjoy a weekly pause from their regular routine to eat dinner together and be in community. All are welcomed to join us!

For more information, please contact Julie Evans.

Puppet ministry

Our Puppet Ministry meets on Sundays at 10:00 a.m., during the program year. Interested young people work on presenting a puppet show for the church school.

For more information, please contact Abigail Lutz.