Nursery

We so warmly welcome your babies, toddlers and young pre-school children to join the fun in our church nursery each Sunday!  Nursery children between the ages of birth and three or four are cared for by loving teenagers who play with and read to your children in the context of a clean and safe nursery environment. 

Church School

Join us for the most wonderful church school program in the whole world! Our Church’s Faith Formation Ministry Team welcomes our Church’s children—from our four year olds to our fourteen year olds—to participate in our prayerful, progressive, Biblically-based and global Church School Program that seeks to ground our children and families on a journey of faith that both spiritually nurtures and deepens our relationships with God, ourselves and one another and seeks to explore relationships with those who are different from or unknown to us, just as Jesus teaches us to do. We look forward to welcoming your children in our Church School Program that includes:  

  • Family-friendly worship with Wee-Worship Bags, Children’s Bulletins, Children & Youth Messages and opportunities for all ages to participate in leading worship
  • One Room Schoolhouse” Church School Classes for four years olds to 8th Graders, featuring “Prayers and Blessings Time” at the beginning of Church School, Bible Stories, lessons and activities
  • Mission and Service Opportunities to learn about and engage in locally and in our wider world  
  • Drama Pageants at Christmastime and other seasons

Faith Odyssey

Our Faith Formation Ministry Team is pleased to continue offering this very popular program for seventh and eighth graders who are interested in exploring the many dimensions of their spirituality and faith.  

This two year program invites our youth to explore and express what they believe about themselves, the world and their faith, as they discover more about the United Church of Christ, Christianity and other world religions, and issues that are significant to their lives.  Opportunities for service and lots of fun abound!  For those who choose, this program culminates in Confirmation and membership within the Meriden Congregational Church.   

A team consisting of the co-pastors, mentors and other church members lead and offer support in this learning endeavor.  Faith Odyssey meets approximately twice per month for two hour sessions during the church school year.    

If you are interested in this special program, please be in touch with our Co-pastors, Susan and John Gregory-Davis.  We look forward to being on this journey of faith with you!   

OWL

Our Whole Lives” Spirituality & Sexuality Curriculum, alternating years for Grades K-1, 2-3, 5-6 and 7-9. 

Senior Seekers

All 9th through 12th graders are warmly invited to participate in this fun fellowship program JUST FOR YOU!!!  Together we will explore, through book study, movies, discussion, service and worship, issues of spirituality and faith which are important to you!  Parents, Karen Anikis and Odile Clavier, along with Co-pastors Susan and John Gregory-Davis, look forward to gathering with you twice per month for this intentional time of spiritual seeking and mutual support.  Please call the church office (469-3235) to let us know of your interest in joining us and receiving notice of upcoming events.  As always, we welcome your ideas and input for embarking on this adventure together! 

Sunday Schedule

Nursery children begin their morning in the church service (beginning at 10 am) with our whole church family.  Then, after the Children’s Message concludes (about 10:20 am), the Nursery and Church School children (ages 4-14) leave the church with their Nursery and Church School teachers who care for them until a parent/guardian picks them up at the end of the service (about 11:15 am).  Parents/guardians are welcome to stay with their children in the Nursery and to stop by the Nursery anytime.  The Church Nursery and Church School Room are located on the lower level of our Church’s Parish House just across the driveway from the Church.  If you have any questions about our Nursery program or wish to visit the Nursery Room prior to bringing your young child, please contact our Co-pastors Susan and John Gregory-Davis at 469-3235 or copastors@meridenucc.org.

Our Policies

In our on-going attempt as a church to ensure that this faith community is as SAFE A PLACE AS POSSIBLE FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH, the Safer Church Committee—in conjunction with the Faith Formation Ministry Team and Board of Deacons—is continuing to enact Safer Church Policies. These include fire safety instruction, guidelines about the physical space of the church school (open doors, visible teaching areas, two adults present with a group of children whenever possible, limiting the church school bathrooms to children and families only, etc.), and simple, but intentional, applications to be filled out by each adult who ministers with our children and youth either through church school teaching or youth group leadership. The Safer Church Committee, a working group of the Board of Deacons, will continue to evolve these policies to ensure that our church provides as safe a place as possible for the emotional, physical, sexual, and spiritual health and well-being of each member of our community. If you have any questions about the work of this committee, or if you would like to be part of the ongoing development of Safer Church Policies, please speak with our Co-pastors, Susan and John Gregory-Davis.