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.
Portland UCC Christian Ed Collaborative -
Intergenerational Worship & Activities
Woodfords Church has joined with State Street Congregational Church, Stevens Ave Congregational Church and Williston-Immanuel United Church to offer services and activities for children and families. The schedule includes services and activities that promise engaging and meaningfui faith formation for people of all ages...
To watch the services please visit:
Intergenerational Worship Service (November 22nd at 10:00 am)
Where: Woodfords YouTube Channel
Can you remember all the way back to Thanksgiving 2019? What would that 2019 you think about all you have gone through this year? 2020 has certainly been a year filled with unexpected twists, turns and challenges. But there have also been surprising gifts and discoveries. What are you grateful for? Where have you experienced abundance? What will you (as an individual or a family) be harvesting this year? Join us for a service in which we will celebrate resilience and take time for thanks-giving. If you would like to participate in creating the service, please contact Rev. Tamara at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intergenerational Family Activity: Gathering of the Greens (November 29th, 3:00 pm)
Where: Celebration Tree Farms - 125 Bowie Hill Rd. Durham, Maine
This is the first Sunday of Advent (the Sunday after Thanksgiving). We are entering a season of Hope, Joy, Love and Peace; a season in which we celebrate the birth of light in times of darkness. Gather with friends to collect greens for your family's advent wreath and for local seniors. Please bring a pair of clippers/garden shears and a bag to put your greens into. The farm is about 30 minutes from Portland. Please RSVP with Rev. Tamara at email@example.com
Intergenerational ADVENT Worship (December 20th at 10:00 am)
Where: Woodfords YouTube Channel
The season of waiting is drawing to a close and Christmas is just around the corner. While we won’t be able to participate in the traditional Christmas Pageant at our churches, we can still celebrate the story of the birth of Hope, the coming of the Prince of Peace, the story of LOVE born anew. But to make this both magical and memorable, we will need YOUR help! If you are able to participate in creating the service, please contact Rev. Tamara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intergenerational Worship Service (February 28 at 10:00 am on Zoom)
NOTE: The Portland UCC Christian Ed Collaborative is in search of a new Director! Please click HERE for a detailed job description and information about how to apply.
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, Williston-Emmanuel, Trinity Episcopal, and State Street Church 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.