Faith Formation & Fellowship Core Ministry
The Purpose of the Faith Formation & Fellowship Core Ministry (FFFM) is to offer opportunities for all people in all stages of life to grow in their relationship with God and each other so that they may be transformed and live with Christ-like love and compassion.
With this is mind, we offer age appropriate Faith Formation opportunities on Sunday mornings during our 10:30 a.m. worship service and at other times during the week. Additionally, we encourage all ages to worship together on the first Sunday of every month which is the same Sunday we serve communion during the 10:30 a.m. service.
We also encourage families to engage in Faith Formation activities at home. In order to facilitate this we offer seasonal ideas and activities that equip families to engage in these practices and grow in their faith together.
What You Need To Know
- All of our Faith Formation leaders have had a background check.
- All of our rooms have one adult leader.
- Children begin the morning in with you in worship and leave for Faith Formation during our opening song. Children meet their leaders in the back of the sanctuary and are taken to their rooms.
- Faith Formation is over close to when worship is over. Please pick your children up from their room, but kindly wait outside until your child’s leader dismisses them to avoid disruptions.
- For the safety of all our children, if you would like to visit your child’s room please arrange this ahead of time.
- If you have questions, comments, or concerns please contact Rev. Dr. Bruce Havens or the Chair of FFFM, Chrissy Ellis.
Our nursery is staffed every Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Adult volunteers care for children birth through preschool in a safe, clean, and fun environment filled with age appropriate toys.
Godly Play Worship
Children, Kindergarten through second grade, participate in Montessori style worship. Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them explore their faith through story, gain religious language, and enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play.
Science & The Bible
Children third through fifth grade explore morals, values, and faith using science experiments. Fun and engaging, this program is designed for character development and growing communication skills.
Echo the Story
Middle schoolers, sixth through eighth grade, discover meaning and identity in the Biblical narrative. Echo the Story uses storytelling, creative reflection, and dialogue to engage in the Bible in an imaginative way.
Ninth graders participate in a holistic faith formation program that includes discussion, stewardship, mission, service, worship, faith practices, and study of other faiths in order to prepare them for a lifelong, fulfilling faith journey.
Sixth through twelfth graders meet regular to engage in discussions that connect real life and faith. Once a month we do this at church. A monthly youth calendar is emailed to all parents with a detailed schedule of events.
On Sunday mornings the youth participate in the life of the church by serving as volunteers or attending worship.
Adult Faith Formation
- At 9:00 a.m. there is an adult discussion group that covers a wide variety of topics.
- Seasonally we offer additional classes after church or on Sunday evening.
- An online adult faith formation resource where guided videos spark conversations and discussions.
Tips for Getting Out the Door on Sunday Mornings
- Start on Saturday night. Lay out clothes for the morning and go to bed as if it’s a school night.
- Don’t worry about dressing everyone up, you’re welcome no matter what you wear.
- Have a special, but easy breakfast on Sunday mornings that everyone looks forward to.
- Tell everyone you’re leaving 15 minutes earlier than you actually plan to leave.
Tips for Parenting in the Pew
- Bring a bag of quiet toys and snacks.
- Quietly explain to your children what is going on.
- If your child can read help them follow along during songs and readings.
- Don’t worry about small noises your children make, they are welcome!
- If you feel your child is being disruptive please take them out to the hallway.