SPIRITUAL FORMATION- YOUTH
Christian Education & Faith Formation
We believe that for children and young people, there is great value in belonging to a supportive and nurturing community of faith. We utilize stories from our faith tradition, our shared lives, and the natural world as tools for exploration and meaning-making. Some lessons are discussion based, others engage young minds through art, acting, service or good, old-fashioned PLAY. Regardless of the medium the intention is the same: to convey the message that God is with us, lives through us, loves us, and can be a guide for us as we journey through life.
One of the most important things we do as a church is to guide and support the young members of our congregation. This ministry is organized by our Board of Christian Education and Rev. Tamara Torres McGovern, Director of Intergenerational Engagement and Education. Rev. Carolyn Lambert works with the Youth and Confirmation Groups.
Our mission at Woodfords Congregational Church is for our children to know and learn about God’s love for them. Through the Bible, games, crafts, and different outreach projects, they learn the importance of sharing God’s love and being a member of a larger community.
Our Sunday School is made up of two groups: Community A is preschool- 2nd grade, and Community B is 3rd grade- 7th grade. The groups are fluid and flexible, allowing children to move over to A or over to B on a given Sunday. If you have questions about their placement or activity, do not hesitate to ask a Sunday School teacher. Children start worship in the sanctuary and then leave for class with their teachers after “Time with children” with Rev. Carolyn or Rev. Tamara at the altar.
Families are welcome to drop in with their children whether they are long-time members or it's their first visit to Woodfords Church.
Ecumenical Youth Group
Youth Group is a joint effort among Woodfords Church, HopeGateWay and Trinity Episcopal to provide fellowship and service gatherings for grades 7-12. Our youth gather twice a month, typically on the first and third Sundays, and spend their time in formation, fellowship, and service to both the local and global community. Youth meet monthly with adult leaders to contribute to planning their own activities, making this a Youth Group that is deeply influenced by those participating.
Woodfords youth and their mentors join with HopeGateWay youth and mentors to prepare for confirmation. After months of group and pair meetings, discussions, experiential activities and an overnight trip. youth gain an understanding of the import of this sacred step in their spiritual journey.