Ministry for Children and Families
When a child is baptized at University Congregational UCC he or she received two deep blessings—one from God the Creator, and another from the church community. The congregation makes a pledge to love and protect that child, to help her grow in Christian love, to help him experience God. We live out this pledge by seeking to be inclusive of families in all our church activities.
Families and their children often join us for breakfast in the lounge before worship on Sunday mornings, where there are activities to engage kids while their parents visit. Generally, children join their families for the start of worship, often sitting together in the front pews. Shortly into the service they depart for Sunday school. The nursery, toddler and preschool classrooms are on the main floor, north of the Sanctuary. Elementary classrooms are upstairs.
Programming throughout the year
Programs for children and families go well beyond Sunday morning. Here’s a sampling of what we offer.
- Homecoming picnic
- Children’s Bible presentations
- Apple Day at Pastor Catherine’s farm
- Advent Workshop
- Food packing service project
- Christmas pageant
- Women’s retreat
- Kid’s retreat
- Fourth and Fifth Grade sleepover
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Superfluity Sale
- Family Pizza Night
- Lamb Day at Pastor Catherine’s farm
- Seabeck All-Church Camp
- Family tent camping trip
- Picnic, popsicles and play
- Baseball game outing
- School supply drive
Our Safer Church Policy
We take our responsibility for the safety of our children seriously. Every adult who works with children in Church—whether as a Sunday school teacher, a child care provider or an assistant—undergoes a criminal background check. There are always at least two adults present when there are children in the room.
Betsy Herring, our Director of Children’s Ministry, can help integrate families with children into the church community. Email ChildrensMinistry@universityucc.org, or call 206-524-2322.
You are a child of God. Wonderfully made, dearly loved, precious in God’s sight. Before God made you, God knew you. There is no one else like you.