Faith Formation Opportunities

Children (Grades K-5)

Worship: Each week, children begin worship in the sanctuary. The beginning of each service is designed to be accessible to young children who are not yet able to read or sit still for long periods of time. After the passing of the peace, children who wish to attend Sunday School should follow their teachers out of the sanctuary. Sunday School classes include a brief opening ritual and a craft, activity, or story.

Religious Literacy Camp: In summer 2018, look for this exciting update on vacation Bible school. This camp is a week-long summer experience in which students learn basic religious literacy, visit various faith communities, and learn skills for peacemaking, social justice, and positive social skills. 

Middle and High School Students (Grades 6-12)

Worship: Middle and high school students join the congregation in the sanctuary during worship. They are invited to provide leadership as musicians, scripture readers, or other ways. 

Confirmation: Confirmation classes are offered for students in grade 8 and above to prepare for full membership in the church. The confirmation program is offered during Lent (a total of six weeks) and requires a time commitment of one hour per week at the church and an additional hour of time for preparation and reflection. 

 Youth Group: All students in grades 6-12 are invited to weekly youth group gatherings. Gathering include “Dinner and Faith” discussions, interfaith or religious literacy events, service projects, and game nights.

 Summer Service Trip: Students beginning grades 9-12 are invited to a week-long service learning experience during which they will learn about religion in America, undertake serious spiritual and personal reflection, and learn about contemporary social justice issues. 

People of All Ages

 Leah’s Coffee Shop Office Hours: All are welcome for conversation and prayer at Leah’s weekly office hours at the Newtonville Starbucks on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. While all are welcome for a time of deep listening and reflection, youth and young adults are especially invited to take advantage of this opportunity. Leah has particular experience and expertise in ministry surrounding college and young adulthood, interreligious dialogue and relationships, and the relationship between faith and scholarship.

Dinner Church Service: All are welcome at this informal weekly service where we take communion to the next level by sharing a meal throughout the service. Jeans, wiggling kids, jokes, and deep questions are all welcome at this time of food, fun, and worship. Dinner church will happen Wednesdays at 6, beginning on September 13. This is not a potluck and there is no expectation that you bring a dish to pass.