Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

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1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484

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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



For the latest on what is happening in Children's Ministry, check out the Church Newsletter here!

Godly Play at 9:00

Faith Formation Hour 9-10:15 am

Godly Play continues during the Faith Formation Hour, 9:00am-10:15am, in Room 5. Godly Play is a Montessori-based storytelling method, and our program is for children Preschool-5th Grade. Every week, children hear a story, wonder about it, respond to it in art & play, and share a feast. Come join the circle! All children from Preschool-5th Grade are welcome to join Godly Play. 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.

Children's Worship

What is Happening with Children & Worship?

We’re off to a great start in Children’s Worship, with guest musicians, gathering chimes, prayer, inspiring art, and Communion! Children’s Worship happens after the Children’s Message, when children (Preschool-5th grade) and adult leaders continue worshiping in the Chapel. Children’s Worship participants return to the Sanctuary before the end of the worship service to join their families.



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 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 rest room at the back of the sanctuary.



Calling All Nursery Substitutes

We are aiming to deepen our church’s base of substitute Nursery Attendants. Substitutes are placed on a list, and are contacted on an as-needed basis when our regular Nursery Attendants are unavailable to cover a shift (8:45am-12noon on Sundays.) We are able to offer an hourly wage for Nursery substitutes. Qualified candidates have a love for babies & toddlers, work well with a partner, are over 18 and obtain a background check with the church.

If you are interested in being a sub in our Nursery, please contact Pastor Rachel.



Join an Awesome Team of Volunteers

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If you are an adult interested in joining the teams who work with our Godly Play and Children’s Worship programs, the Children’s Faith Formation Team (ChilFFAT) welcomes your participation! We’re looking for both long-term and short-term volunteers to help sustain our programs.

The Children’s Faith Formation Team (ChilFFAT) offers training and information for volunteers. All volunteers who work with children are required to complete a background check. Please contact Pastor Rachel for more information about joining our children’s program as a volunteer contact Pastor Rachel.



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...





Our Safe Church Policy

The Safe Church Policy was adopted by the Church Council on April 5, 2017 and is available below.

Safe Church Policy (PDF)



Middle School Youth "Breakfast Club" Grades 6-8

Welcome to Youth Group!

Meet our Coordinator of Youth Ministries, Emily Syal. Read more about Emily here. Check out the 2018-19 Youth Ministry Mission, Values & Goals.

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 Emily Syal, our Coordinator of Youth Ministries, in the Sanctuary.


For the latest on what is happening in Youth Group, check out the Church Newsletter here!

Our theme this year is all about going on a journey, a journey into the unknown. We will discover people in the Bible and the early Jesus Movement who very much like ourselves were faced with a choice to enter into unknown circumstances.

Sometimes these people, like Moses, had God speak to them through a burning bush?! I mean, what?! And Moses had to gather his courage and do what God had called him to do, without even knowing what the outcome would look like. Jesus, too, had many instances where he had journeyed into the unknown. He wandered in the wilderness for 40 days, preparing himself for what he was called to do.

We are faced with an unknown right now. I am new to your youth group, and I know we are all wondering what this year will turn out to be. This will be our focus during our weekly Sunday meetings. Throughout October, we also have many chances to just come together and hang out. There are middle school and high school movie nights (pizza and snacks included!), a Saturday of service in a community garden, and our high schoolers will begin planning for the year-end service trip. Let's start J-Walking!



    Middle School Youth Group (Grades 6-8)
  • Meets Sunday from 9-10:15 am
  • Youth Lounge


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 - Grades 9-12 Meeting Once Per Month for Fellowship


Meet our Coordinator of Youth Ministries, Emily Syal. Read more about Emily here. Check out the 2018-19 Youth Ministry Mission, Values & Goals.

For the latest on what is happening in Youth Group, check out the Church Newsletter here!

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.

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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.


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

MADD Camp is our vacation Bible camp - Music, Arts, Dance & Drama - for ages 4 to 10 includes a week of fun!

We always have a great MADD Camp event - and we are already making plans for the summer of 2019. We'll see you there next year!