Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

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1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484

  • Sunday School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Camp
  • MADD Camp

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)



Children’s Ministries

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“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

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Program Year at Community Church of Sebastopol!

We have some exciting new programs and a new format for Sunday mornings, and it all begins on Launch Sunday, September 10th. The biggest shift is that we will now have an educational hour with programming for all ages 9:00-10:15am every Sunday morning. The whole church will join in worship at 10:30am, with the option for children to continue to Children’s Worship in the Chapel after the Children’s Sermon.

OWL: We are delighted to offer the Our Whole Lives/Sexuality & Our Faith (OWL) program for 4/5th graders. Brooke Bell and Pete Emerson will lead the classes with the 4/5th graders in the Chapel, and I will offer a 3-part Parent Class at the same time. The program will begin with a Parent-Child Orientation Meeting on September 10th, 12-2:30, and with classes Sunday mornings 9-10:15am from September 17th-November 19th. We are asking families to commit to the full 10-week program, and invite families from outside the church to participate in this comprehensive sexuality program that values sexuality as a gift from God! Contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.

Godly Play: Our Godly Play program is offered at 9:00am on Sunday mornings in Room 5. It is open to people in Preschool-5th Grade (includes the 4/5th Graders who are not enrolled in OWL). Our Storytellers memorize a story and present it with the children, using wooden pieces. Our Door Helpers offer support as a ministry of presence, assisting children with art and “the feast.” Often the Storytellers and Door Helpers find their involvement nourishes their spirits too! If you’re interested in joining our Godly Play ministry, please contact Pastor Rachel

October Godly Play Schedule:

October 1 - Creation
October 8 - The Flood & the Ark
October 15 - The Great Family
Ocotober 22 - The Exodus
October 29 - The Ten Best Ways

Breakfast Club: A new hangout for parents who have children in programs and want to join in conversation with other parents. Meet up in the Fellowship Hall, where there will be coffee & snacks, and a suggested topic for conversation.

What is Happening with Children & Worship?

Children are part of the congregation and are always welcome to stay and participate in worship with their families. We welcome children of all ages in the sanctuary every Sunday, and strive to create worship services that are accessible for people of all ages.

For children and parents who wish for an alternative, we invite children to begin worship in the sanctuary with their families, then continue worshiping in Children’s Worship. After the Children’s Sermon, the Acolytes will lead them to the Chapel to continue worship with scripture, music, and offering, prayer, and Communion with Pastor Rachel. At the end of Children’s Worship, the group will rejoin their families in the sanctuary.

For children and parents who wish for an alternative, we invite children to begin worship in the sanctuary with their families, then continue to Children’s Worship. After the Children’s Sermon, they will walk together to the Chapel to continue worship with scripture, music, an offering, prayer, and Communion with Pastor Rachel. At the end of Children’s Worship, the group will rejoin their families in the sanctuary.

October Children's Worship

October 8 - The Story of Moses
October 15 - Moses and Water
Ocotober 22 - Women in the Moses Story
October 29 - Moses & the Burning Bush


Godly Play Training

Godly Play

October 21

We are delighted to be hosting a workshop with Di Pagel, the top Godly Play Trainer in the Bay Area, on Saturday, October 21st, 8:30am-1:00pm. Di is designing the workshop especially for our church’s Godly Play Storytellers and Door Helpers. If you are currently (or have an interest in becoming) involved in our Godly Play ministry, you are welcome to attend this life-giving workshop! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Pastor Rachel.

Communion Sundays

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. Afterwards, come to community worship with your family or sit with other youth and Ross Galleto, our Director of Youth Ministries, in the Sanctuary.



October 2017 Schedule

    Oct 1 - Youth Lounge - God the Creator
  • Middle School Breakfast Club
  • 9 - 10:15 am

    Oct 8 - Youth Lounge - God the Christ
  • Middle School Breakfast Club
  • 9 - 10:15 am

    Oct 15 - Youth Lounge - The Church: Locally & Globally
  • Middle School Breakfast Club
  • 9 - 10:15 am

    Oct 22 - Youth Lounge - Forgiveness & Grace
  • Middle School Breakfast Club
  • 9 - 10:15 am

    Oct 29 - See You in the Youth Lounge!
  • Middle School Breakfast Club
  • 9 - 10:15 am




About the Middle School Youth Group

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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!

High School Youth will be combined with Confirmation Class through the end of November, in a program we are calling Confirmation-Plus, all are invited to attend whether you are considering confirmation, have already been confirmed, or want to continue your practice of coming to youth group!

Find out more about Confirmation right here


    Oct 1 - Youth Lounge - God the Creator
  • High School Confirmation Plus
  • 6 - 8:00 pm

    Oct 8 - Youth Lounge - God the Christ
  • High School Confirmation Plus
  • 6 - 8:00 pm

    Oct 15 - Youth Lounge - The Church: Locally & Globally
  • High School Confirmation Plus
  • 6 - 8:00 pm

    Oct 22 - Youth Lounge - Forgiveness & Grace
  • High School Confirmation Plus
  • 6 - 8:00 pm

    Oct 29 - See You in the Youth Lounge!
  • High School Confirmation Plus
  • 6 - 8:00 pm





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.

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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


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We had a great time at all the summer camps this year - can't wait for next summer to hurry up and get here so we can sign up for camp again.

Hope to see you at camp next summer!

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MADD Camp

We always have a great MADD Camp event - and we are already making plans for the summer of 2018.