Introducing. . . Our Safe Church Policy
The Church Council in October directed Pastor Rachel to put together a team of people to create a Safe Church Policy for our church. The team worked diligently to develop a Safe Church Policy that defines abuse prevention and response policies, as well as creates an atmosphere of truth-telling and education around being a Safe Church. Serving on the team: Pete Emerson, Pat Furber, Linda Inman, Laurie Kellner, and Pastor Rachel. The Safe Church Policy was adopted by the Church Council on April 5, 2017 and is available below.
Safe Church Policy (PDF)
“One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: "Let the children alone, don't prevent them from coming to me. God's kingdom is made up of people like these." After laying hands on them, he left. Matthew 19:13-15 The Message
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Curriculum
What is OWL?
Our Whole Lives/Sexuality & Our Faith (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality program created by our denomination, the UCC, alongside the Unitarians. Our religious heritages compel us to create safe settings where people can come to understand and respond to their experiences as sexual beings. OWL is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, young adult, and adult. The program provides an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to learn about sexuality in the affirming and supportive setting of our church. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, it provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also supports participants in clarifying values, integrating sexual and spiritual understandings, building interpersonal skills, and understanding the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality. Read more...
There will be an official Orientation for Parents and Students in the Fall, before the program begins, and you are welcome to check out the program material with Pastor Rachel at any time. We are delighted to announce our OWL co-leaders Andy DelMonte and Kendall Tripathi-Clark who will be leading OWL with our 8-9th graders in the fall. Please contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.
Summer Godly Play
We continue our Godly Play program during the 10:30 am worship service, throughout the summer. After the Children's Sermon, children age Preschool-5th Grade are welcome to walk over to Room 5 for Godly Play. Parents and Grandparents, at the conclusion of worship, please sign-out your child from Room 5 – we will be releasing children to the adult they are connected to once they are signed out. If you’re interested in joining our Godly Play ministry, please contact Pastor Rachel
In Godly Play, Storytellers memorize a story and present it with the children, using wooden pieces. Door Helpers offer support as a ministry of presence, assisting children with art and “the feast.” We are looking for more Storytellers and Door Helpers who are available to help lead the program. If you’re interested in joining our Godly Play ministry, please contact Pastor Rachel.
On Communion Sundays our children will begin worship in the Sanctuary with their families and then at the middle hymn, children ages 3 and up will be invited to join Rachel in Faith Chapel for a Chapel Circle. The children will then return to worship in the Sanctuary during the Doxology to partake in Communion with their families. Children under age 4 may go the Nursery in Room 4. As always, children may stay with their families for the entire worship service in the Sanctuary if they wish. Activity bags are available from the ushers and a changing station is available in the restroom at the back of the sanctuary.