- Sunday School
- Middle School
- High School
- MADD Camp
- May 7
All children in church for Multi-Generational Worship & Communion
- May 14
- Pre-School & Kindergarten - Godly Play Room 5 - The Great Commissioning
- 1-3 Grade - Godly Play Room 6 — Circle of the Holy Eucharist (Communion)
- 4-5 Grade - Sunday School - Media Room - Chimes
- May 21
- Pre-School & Kindergarten - Godly Play Room 5 - The Good Shepherd and World Communion
- 1-3 Grade - Godly Play Room 6 — Liturgical Synthesis
- 4-5 Grade - Sunday School - Media Room - Offering the Chimes in Worship
- May 28
- Pre-School & Kindergarten - Godly Play Room 5 - Summer Interest Centers Begin
- 1-3 Grade - Godly Play Room 6 — Summer Interest Centers Begin
- 4-5 Grade - Sunday School - Media Room - Summer Interest Centers Begin
May Sunday School Programs
Summer Interest Centers
Summer Sunday School is just around the corner! Each summer we host Sunday School in Fellowship Hall as a one-room schoolhouse for children ages 3-10. This year we will be using curriculum from Sparkhouse to guide the program. We will need two volunteers each week, from May 28-August 27. Watch for Pastor Rachel roaming during coffee hour with her clipboard as she signs up volunteers to host a Sunday!
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
Sunday Morning Worship with Children
We believe that children are an important part of our church community and are always welcome to stay in the worship services. However, most of our children chose to participate in our Nursery and Sunday School Programs. Children of all ages are always welcome to remain in the sanctuary with their families for Sunday worship. Nursery care is available for children up to age 3 and we offer Sunday School programs for Pre-Schoolers through 5th Graders during most Sunday services following the Children's Message.
Children ages birth – 3 are invited to join Jamie and Laurelin and their helpers in the Nursery, in Room 4 in our Education Wing. As part of the Safe Church program, and from a desire for our members to attend worship services regularly, the church has hired two Nursery Attendants. The Safe Church program requires that we have two adults (trained, background-checked, over 18) working with our children at all times. We welcome Jamie Holmes and Laurelin Lewis to our Nursery! Jamie is a student at Sonoma State University, working towards her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, and is an experienced child care provider. Laurelin Lewis is a gymnastics instructor, mother, and comes to us after working in the Nursery at Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. We are delighted to welcome these safe, calm, patient, experienced child care providers to our Nursery program. Jamie and Laurelin will be available for your child in Room 4 from 9:00 am until noon.
We also welcome Jenna Gonzales, our new Nursery Coordinator. She has volunteered to help manage the scheduling and weekly oversight of the Nursery Attendants. We thank you Jenna for your continued service!
Godly Play for Pre-school through 3rd Grade
Godly Play storytellers tell Bible stories from the heart, using Montessori-style wooden pieces. The children and storyteller then wonder about the story together. Afterwards, children create self-directed art using the nice craft materials in the room. And they conclude with a small snack of Matzo and water.
Godly Play is offered immediately following the Children’s Message during worship - children attend worship with their family first, then are invited to go to Sunday School to enjoy their own special classroom activities. Pre-School and Kindergartners are invited to join their Godly Play class in Room 5. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Graders will meet in Room 6.
All children are invited to leave the Sanctuary following the Children's Message or they are welcome to stay in worship with their families. Parents should make their way to their child’s classroom immediately following the worship service and then join in our Coffee Hour social time.
Children in grades 4-5
The children in this age group meet in the Media Room following the Children's Message. If you are available to help, please contact Pastor Rachel, Associate Minister for Children & Families, who will provide curriculum and orientation.
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 3 may go the Nursery in Room 4 with Fran Rasmus. 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.
Middle School Pilgrim Fellowship
Middle School Youth "Breakfast Club" Grades 6-8
Welcome to Youth Group!
Students in grades 6 – 8 invited to the “Breakfast Club” in the Youth Lounge. Same awesome program we used to have on Sunday afternoons, now at a different time. Afterwards, come to community worship with your family or sit with other youth and Ross Galleto, our Director of Youth Ministries.
May 2017 Schedule
- May 7 - Youth Lounge
- Powerful Witness
- Acts 2:42-47
- Middle School Breakfast Club
- 9 - 10:15 am
- May 14 - No Meetings!
- It's Mother's Day - Celebrate the mother figure in your life!
- The Last Youth Group Meeting of the School Year!
- Middle School Breakfast Potluck Party
- 9 - 10:15 am
May 21 - Youth Lounge
A main dish and drinks will be provided - feel free to bring your favorite breakfast side dish to share as we celebrate the end of our Youth Group year!
May 26-29 - Middle School Mission Trip
Please meet in the youth room at 5pm for a pizza dinner before we head to San Jose for our weekend of service, fun, and friends as we put our faith into action! If you have not received the itinerary or packing list yet, please contact Youth Leader Ross Galleto.
Have a great summer! Keep in touch - we have worship here every Sunday, even during the summer months!!
About the Middle School Youth Group
The focus of our Middle School youth group is to deepen one’s understanding of the Christian faith, build group community, discover one’s unique gifts and explore service opportunities to others. Our youth leaders incorporate fellowship, Bible study, physical activities, community building and service to others in an age appropriate settings to guide our youth along their spiritual path.
We spend the fall sessions working on getting to know each other and self-discovery. We incorporate community service projects throughout the year, culminating in our end of the year Mini-Mission trip which is often on Memorial Day weekend. The youth and their leaders travel to the "big city" (San Francisco or Sacramento) to work together on a variety of service projects.
All of our youth are invited to actively participate in wider denominational (United Church of Christ) events including National Youth Event, local Camp Cazadero and Camp Tamarack, Fall Fest, Mid-Winter Retreat, and the NCNC-UCC youth leadership program at the Annual Gathering in April.
High School Youth Pilgrim Fellowship
High School - Grades 9-12
Welcome to Youth Group!
Doors open on Sunday afternoons at 6 pm where you can just come and hang out until we officially start our meeting from 6:30-8 pm.
High School Youth PF May 2017 Schedule
- May 7 - Youth Lounge
- Powerful Witness
- Acts 2:42-47
- 6 pm High School Youth Hang Out
- 6:30-8 pm Gathering
- May 14 - No Meeting today!
- It's Mother's Day - celebrate the mother figure in your life!
- The last Youth Group meeting of the school year!
- 6:00-8 pm High School Potluck Party
May 21 - Youth Lounge
A main dish and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring your favorite party side dish to share as we celebrate the end of our Youth Group year.
Coming in July: High School Mission Trip. Do you have all your service hours?
About the Sr. High Youth Group
Sr. High youth group emphasizes community building, faith exploration, recreation, teen issues and community service. Youth leaders strive to create a safe place to explore teen issues using a solid biblical foundation. Youth often explore spiritual practices that they can take home and use in their daily prayer life and share with others.
The youth group at The Community Church focuses on deep community building and a strong foundation of service to the wider community throughout the entire year. During our spring break, the youth group travels to locations throughout the United States to work on social justice projects and volunteer with local agencies. Our mission trip celebrates God’s call to help others and also weave the group into a tight community.
All of our youth are encouraged to actively participate in wider denominational (United Church of Christ) events including National Youth Event, local Camp Cazadero and Camp Tamarack, Fall Youth Event, Feb Camp, as well as Counselor-In-Training camps and the NCNC-UCC youth leadership program at the Annual Gathering in April.
The Sr High PF is back from their "Tour of California" mission trip. Visit Sr High Mission Trips for a few pictures.
Summer Camps at Camp Cazadero and Camp Tamarack
2017 Camp Cazadero
Camp Dates for Summer 2017 (Grade level is as of Fall 2017)
Note: the Early Bird discount for all camps ends on March 15. And new this year, a $50 late registration fee. Check Outdoor Ministries page for more information.
- You & Me Camp (ENTERING GRADES 1-3) July 7-9
A great experience for first-time campers! Go to camp with a parent, grandparent, favorite aunt/uncle or other adult! Each adult may bring up to 3 children, entering grades K through 3. Each child may bring up to 2 adults. Check out registration and special pricing at the outdoors ministry page.
- Junior Camp (ENTERING GRADES 4-6) July 16-22
- Jr. High Camp (ENTERING GRADES 7-9) July 23-29
- Sr. High Camp (GRADES 10-12) July 9-15
- Counselor in Training (GRADES 12+) July 16-22
And at Camp Tamarack
- Junior & Jr. High Camp (ENTERING GRADES 5-8) July 16-22
- Sr. High Camp (ENTERING GRADES 9-12) July 23-29
Registration forms, medical forms, payments and more information can be found at the outdoor ministries page.
The Community Church of Sebastopol offers our Apple Pie Scholarships to youth to help cover registration costs – sign up to work our Apple Pies event on August 10-11-12-13, 2017 and earn up to $165 towards camp fees. Sign up for camps before the Early Bird Deadline to save even more. Contact the church office to get your Apple Pie Scholarship voucher.
plus a Worship Presentation on June 25
Music Art Dance Discovery
Vacation Bible Camp
Where Does God Live?
9 am to 12 pm
for ages 4-10
with a special MADD Camp performance Sunday Morning, June 25
Where Does God Live? Sponsored by the Christian Education Committee with the Middle & High School Youth Groups at the Community Church of Sebastopol, UCC.
- Early bird registration before June 12 - $115 per child
- After June 6, $125 per child or $25 per day
- No before or after care available
- End of camp show for parents, families and friends during worship on Sunday, June 25 at the Community Church
- Ask about our sibling discount and scholarship information
Contact the church office for registration forms or download MADD Camp registration and medical release forms below.