Families & Youth

Families & Youth

Visiting with Young Children

We are so glad that you are thinking of joining us on a Sunday morning! Families are welcome and cherished at First Church.  Families with children are very welcome in our sanctuary. We begin every worship service as a multigenerational community, children from 1st grade to middle school take part in a children’s message and are then dismissed to Church School or Confirmation Class. We have a dedicated classroom for our pre-Kindergarten and Kingergarten age children.  Please ask a greeter or usher for directions for childcare.

We schedule several Communion Sundays a year where children in grades 1 and up remain in worship with their families to experience the sacrament.  Children are welcome to join in Communion at the discretion of their parents.

Visiting for the first time?  Please inform a greeter or usher that you are new and that you’d like to be introduced to our Lead Teacher or Family Ministries Director.…

Christian Education

Jesus said “Let the children come to me.”  At First Church, we extend this same welcome.  Our Christian Education program begins with our Pre-K/Kindergarten program and continues with Church School for grades 1-6, and Confirmation classes for grades 7-8.  Our children are invited to become members of First Church through Confirmation at the end of 8th grade.  We also have youth programs for middle and high school students.

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More egg decorating!

Family Ministries

At First Church of Christ, we extend ministries and education to inspire children and families on their faith journey, treasuring our God who both supports them and calls them to action.  We offer programs for specific age groups as well as regular events for all ages with special focus on our youngest ones.

We also offer monthly generational social opportunities for people of all ages to play, learn, and spend time together, with special design around our youngest members. Typical events include outings, dinner & movie nights,  Halloween double-feature & costume party, and carol sing with cookies and hot cocoa on the first Sunday of Advent.

Photos from some of our recent events: Randall’s Corn Maze, Halloween movie night, pumpkin decorating, and splash park.:


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Christmas Pageant
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Movie Night
Movie Night

Youth Programs

**NEW Meeting Time:  Sundays @ 6:00 PM

(Starting up again September 8, 2019)**

A Message From Youth Director, Christine Callahan:
 
This year has been a great year for the FCC Longmeadow Youth Group. I have enjoyed getting to know our youth and being able to encourage them to grow in faith and service to their community. They have also taught me how important it is to serve our community with our skills and talents. I am so excited for the year to come! I will be having my second baby in August, so I will not be leading the youth group during the months of September and October. However, Pastor Marisa, Keating Flaherty, and the youth team will carry on all responsibilities and duties as it pertains to the youth group. Keating has been working with the youth group over the past month to get to know the kids and make the transition to the fall months a bit easier. We have a LOT of exciting events planned for the fall/winter already and can’t wait to share them with you all! Keep an eye out for the youth calendar of events which will be coming soon!

Confirmation

Confirmation is a two year program which begins in 7th grade.  At the end of these two years, students are invited to affirm their baptisms and become members of First Church.  The Celebration of Confirmation usually take place during a chosen worship service in May or early June.  Each confirmation student is paired with an adult mentor who guides them through the process of learning to be faithful disciples of Christ.

Confirmation 1 (7th Grade)

The Confirmation 1 class, for students in 7th grade, meets on the same Sunday mornings as our Faith First Sunday School classes. They begin each week in worship and are dismissed with the younger children to join their teacher in a classroom dedicated to the Confirmation class. This class consists of higher level activities such as bonding activities, in-depth discussions, mission projects and other content necessary for a young adult to make an informed decision about affirming his/her baptism through Confirmation in eighth grade.  This class is taught by a lead teacher each week.

Confirmation 2 (8th Grade)

The Confirmation 2 class, for students in 8th grade, meets twice a month following worship, from October to May. This year long program provides instruction and conversations about the Christian faith, its practices, expressions, history and beliefs.…

Ruth Perry Award

The Ruth Perry Award was established by First Church through donations from its members to honor Ruth Perry, who was music director from 1931 to 1971, for her contributions to the musical ministry of First Church.  The intent of the award is to recognize those graduating high school seniors who have participated significantly in the musical life of the church.

Each year the Music Committee may vote to award one or more awards from the interest accrued in the Ruth Perry Scholarship Fund.  The recipient(s) and the amount(s) of the individual award(s) will be determined by a majority vote of members of the Music Committee, the Minister and Director of Music.  It will be the prerogative of the Music Committee to abstain from awarding any grant in any given year.

Beginning May 1 each year, the application is open to high school seniors. The award(s) will be given on a Sunday in June.

Qualifications

The Recipient must:

  1. be a member of First Church.
  2. be a graduating high school senior who is pursuing post high school studies.
  3. have been an active participant in the musical life of First Church. Examples of active participation are:
    • Membership in church musical organizations
    • Instrumental performance at church services
    • Musical participation at other church activities
    • Assistance to the Director of Music; assistance at church-related musical functions; cataloging of music; other assistance at the discretion of the Director of Music.