Children and Youth Faith Formation

*COVId-related changes to programs in fall 2020*

All activities taking place at GCC require mask wearing, social distancing of six feet, and adherence to church-mandated safety rules.

In Person Worship
Sundays 9:00 and 10:30 AM

Families with children are welcome at worship. Starting September 13th, there will be a coloring page and crayons that will match the scripture during worship available for your child(ren). You can take them home or dispose of them when you leave. Children’s time will be enjoyed from the family pew. Due to logistics and safety, we will not have in person church school on Sunday this fall.

Reservations are required for worship and can be made here: https://www.gccucc.org/worship-services/

FOR 1ST – 6TH GRADERS:

FISH
Wednesdays starting September 16th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM via Zoom / potentially in person

This is geared toward older elementary school children. We will begin by reading a Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle together and connect the story to our faith and the Bible. This will follow a read aloud format. We will enjoy the movie together after we have completed the book. We will begin via Zoom and then move to in person if possible. You can register here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudO6tqD4pGtH-D-EYH0pUpjR1Egur_b9G

Story Time
Tuesdays starting September 15th via Zoom / potentially in person

This is geared toward younger elementary school children. We will read from a children’s story Bible each week. The lesson will be about the upcoming Sunday scripture. There will be games, craft packages available to use during the lesson. We will begin via Zoom and then move to in person if possible. You can register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIofuCsqjwoHNLGGBnFwd2_mQzwK6MtTqFD

FOR 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS:

In-Person Confirmation
Sundays starting September 13th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

When possible, the confirmands will meet outside at the church. When instruction is in the church building, the youth will be in the Community Room, sitting two kids per table. Youth need to bring a mask.

ELearning Confirmation
Mondays starting September 14th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM via Zoom

ELearning Confirmation will follow the same curriculum as in-person Confirmation and is being offered as alternative to in-person Confirmation due to safety concerns or if someone misses an in-person class.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH:

In-person PYF (Pilgrim Youth Fellowship)
Sundays starting August 16th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Beginning August 16th and continuing as long as it is above 50 degrees outside, PYF will meet in the north parking lot (by the playground). If it is raining, we will move inside to the Community Room. In addition to a mask, youth need to bring a folding chair and water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

For more information about any program, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


Sunday Morning Church School

This Bible-based ministry is focused on the development of faith in God and building a relationship with Jesus.  Children through 6th grade begin in worship at 10:00 a.m. with their families.  Following a time for them on the chancel steps with one of the pastors, they are dismissed to their age-specific classrooms.  In 4th grade, each child receives a Bible to be used to guide them on their faith journey.

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


Confirmation

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 community of the church.  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 Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


Nursery

Each Sunday morning from 9:00-11:15 a.m., infants to three-year-olds are cared for in the Nursery by our staff and have opportunities for play.  The Nursery is equipped with a screen that allows parents to view the worship service while staying with their children if they desire.

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


FISH

FISH (Faith IS Hope) is open to any children in the community in Kindergarten through 6th Grade and meets on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15 p.m. FISH participants learn about the Bible, do interactive service projects, learn to play chimes, engage in art projects, and play in the gym.

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


Pilgrim Youth Fellowship (PYF)

PYF is the high school youth group which provides teens the chance to explore their faith, connect with God, serve the community, and have fellowship opportunities. In today’s world where teens are more connected but more lonely, youth group provides a space to be social, learn interpersonal skills, and develop sympathy and empathy for others .

Specific activities include:

  • Weekly meetings on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings where faith themes and relevant youth issues are discussed, and the teens also have time for socializing outside of their hectic school, work, and home lives
  • Additional fellowship activities like bowling, capture the flag, scavenger hunts, and mini golf
  • Community service projects such as creating birthday bags for the Northfield Township Food Pantry, fleece blankets for the homeless, hygiene kits for new moms, and clean-up kits for hurricane-affected areas
  • A fall retreat and post-finals ski trip to de-stress and connect with faith and friends
  • A week-long summer mission trip to serve communities throughout the US – recent trips have included a Native American reservation in Minnesota; Louisville, Kentucky; Logan, West Virginia; and Marvell, Arkansas

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


612 Club

612 Club is a combined middle school and high school fellowship time.  The club meets from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays with a focus on fellowship, faith and service.  Middle School youth have an opportunity to get to know our High School youth in Pilgrim Youth Fellowship (PYF) as they take time during their week to regroup and engage in service.  The PYFers have a chance to mentor and lead the middle school youth.  Dinner is provided.

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.