Children & Youth
We know that young people learn the practices of faith and spirituality from the adults closest to them and are most open to the rhythms and practices of spiritual community before the age of 8! Children and youth have spiritual lives and wisdom of their own; they also want to learn from adults they respect and admire and love.
As one of the few places in our culture equipped to nurture cross-generational relationships, we are committed to multi-generational ministry, valuing all ages as full members of the body, with both gifts and needs, equal say and participation in this co-creating journey with Jesus.
In addition to occasional Family Faith Explore excursions to other religious communities, Family Jam music gatherings, and other seasonal gatherings or trips, the Children and Youth Ministry Team offers the following:
On the first Sunday of the month, all ages are invited to worship together in the sanctuary for both services. These services are specifically planned to engage all generations, often using participatory and multi-sensory elements of worship. (Nursery is still available for toddlers and infants.)
Downstairs Church (a.k.a. Sunday School)
On all other Sundays, Kaylan Wilson leads “downstairs church” for K-5th grade using a story-based curriculum that parallels the stories and songs used in worship.
Middle and high school youth are welcome to participate in worship or assist with the younger children through our Youth Helper program.
Middle and High School
On Sundays, some youth stay in the service and some assist as helpers in our children’s program. They are also invited out to coffee the third Sunday of each month* and as full participants in cross-generational events and gatherings. Our Whole Lives is a big part of our ministry with youth and their families. The middle school course is offered every other year (most recently 2018-2019). The high school OWL program is offered during alternate years.
Youth Coffee Outing*
The third Sunday of the month, youth in middle and high school grades are invited on a coffee outing with various special guests who impact our community. Youth interview the guest about their work in the community, their spiritual journey, and what sustains them. Following candle-lighting, one of our staff or adult volunteers gathers the youth and guest in the entry way for the short walk to a local coffee shop.