Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

Come and Find the Quiet Center

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

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...

The OWL program for K/1st Grade will meet on 5 Sundays, September 30 - October 28 from 9-11:30 am in Room 6. Parents are invited to preview the material at any time, or contact Pastor Rachel.

There will be an official Orientation for Parents of 8/9th Graders on September 9 from 12-2:30 pm. Please contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.

OWL for 8th & 9th Graders begins this Fall - see a complete schedule and parent information right here.



Children's Program Registration

Attention Parents!

Attention Parents! Please fill out a registration form for your child, so that the Children’s Faith Formation Team (ChilFFAT) can build an accurate database of participants in our programs. You can look for the Children’s Faith Formation Team (ChilFFAT) table on Launch Sunday, and in the Narthex every Sunday in September. Completed forms can also be placed in Pastor Rachel’s box in the church office. Questions? 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.



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.

October 2018 Godly Play Schedule 9-10:15 am:

    Oct 7 - Multi-Gen Worship - all ages in the Sanctuary at 10:30 am.

    Oct 14 - Great Family -
    Storyteller: Mike Ott / Door Helper: Barbara Nichols

    Oct 21 - Exodus -
    Storyteller: Barbara Nichols / Door Helper: Mike Ott

    Oct 28 - Ten Best Ways -
    Storyteller: Mike Ott / Door Helper: Barbara Nichols

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.

The October musical theme in Children's Worship begins with our gathering song: Hop Up; the hymn of the month is I sing a Song of Saints of God and our centering prayer song will be Spirit of the Living God. Art inspiration for the month of October is All Saints by Kandinsky.

October 2018 Children's Worship

    Oct 7 - Multi-Generational Worship & Holy Communion - children stay in worship with their families

    Oct 14
    Minister: Pastor Brian; Musician: Pastor Brian; Shepherd: Yolan Christy

    Oct 21
    Minister: Pastor Rachel; Musician: Denelle Tognozzi; Shepherd: Leslie Wood

    Oct 28
    Minister: Pastor Rachel; Musician: OPEN; Shepherd: Jerry Coleman



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.



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.

Middle School Pilgrim Fellowship

Middle School Youth "Breakfast Club" Grades 6-8

Welcome to Youth Group!

October 2018

Meet our new 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.



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

In addition to the regular Sunday meetings, we have these special dates:

  • Friday, October 12
  • Movie Night!
  • 6-8:00 pm
  • Youth Louonge

  • Saturday, October 13
  • Saturday Day of Service
  • time TBA
  • Working with a Community Garden through LandPaths


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 Meeting Sundays from 12-2:00 pm


October 2018

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

Students in grades 9 – 12 invited to meet after worship, from 12:00 -2:00 pm in the Youth Lounge. You can attend worship with other youth and Emily Syal, our Coordinator of Youth Ministries, in the Sanctuary before heading to Youth Group.

In addition to our regular Sunday meetings, we have these special dates planned:

  • Saturday, October 6
  • Movie Night!
  • 6-9:00 pm
  • Youth Louonge

  • Saturday, October 13
  • Saturday Day of Service
  • time TBA
  • Working with a Community Garden through LandPaths



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

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!