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Christian Education

First Church’s growing ministry of Christian Education for children, youth, and adults is designed to inform by awakening or enhancing ethical awareness, bringing alive our biblical and historical roots, and giving direction and skill to our impulse to serve others in the name of Jesus Christ.

Confirmation 

Ninth graders attend a year long Confirmation Class in preparation for confirming their baptism and joining the church. These classes meet primarily on Sundays mornings.  See more detailed information here.

Adult Education

Education-Adult education is offered in the form of weekly Bible studies, occasional book studies, and courses on a variety of faith topics offered throughout the year. A winter spiritual retreat is also offered for adults.

Child Care

For infants through two-year-olds is available during worship every Sunday of the year in the nursery suite located downstairs beneath the sanctuary. All care is provided by volunteer adults with trained teenage assistants.

Sunday School

From the second Sunday (typically) in September through the second Sunday (typically) in June. Children may be enrolled at the registration table after worship in early September or by calling the church office at any time during the year.

Children in the 3-year-old class through grade 8 worship in the Sanctuary with their parents. Following the children’s story they leave for their regular Sunday School class.

Children stay with the same class until the following September and do not move up on their birthdays.

Children in grades two and under meet their parents at their classrooms at 11:15 a.m. Teachers will not dismiss a child until a parent arrives.

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Sunday School

Welcome

Welcome to First Church! Thank you for choosing to learn more about the Sunday school program here. You should find it to be inviting, interesting and fun. This page will help you become acquainted with the Sunday school; one part of a Christian education ministry which also includes nursery care, confirmation, youth fellowship and adult studies.

 

Registration

There are four simple ways to register for Sunday school:

  • Print out and complete the Sunday school registration form and mail it to First Church Nashua, 1 Concord St. Nashua, NH 03064 Att: Diane Matthes
  • Call the church office during the week, 882-4861
  • Stop in to the Sunday school office (on the 2nd floor of the Walker Building) any Sunday morning or during the week.
  • During the month of September, stop by the Christian education table in Fellowship Hall right after morning worship.

You register only once in your life. Each year, your records are moved up to the next class. If something changes, your address, allergies, etc., please call the church office.

 

What Class Will I Be In?

First Church follows the Nashua public school system, with September 30 as the cut off birth date for children entering the next class. There are Sunday School classes for 3-year-olds through grade 8 All students grades 3 yr. old-8th grade will go directly to worship with their parents and leave after the Children’s Story for Sunday School classes.

 

 

Who Will Be My Teacher?

First Church is very proud of its large, competent and caring Sunday school staff. There are about 80 people who work with the thirteen classes mentioned here. There are close to 150 volunteers in the total Christian education program. Each Sunday there are at least two volunteer teachers in each classroom, at least one of whom is an adult. Volunteers are trained and must fill out a confidential screening form in accordance with First Church’s Youth Protection Policy.

 

I Still Have Some Questions

If you or your parents have questions, comments or concerns that are not covered in this brochure, you are welcome to call Diane Matthes, Coordinator of Christian Education, at the church office, 882-4861.

To view the Sunday School registration form, click here.

Nursery

Nursery care for infants through age 2 is offered each Sunday, throughout the year, during the 10am service. (9am Father’s Day- Labor Day). Nursery Coordinators, along with a team of dedicated caregivers, are ready to lavish attention on the youngest members of our First Church family.

If you are new to First Church, you will find the nursery directly under the sanctuary. Parents are asked to stop at the sign-in counter where you will be greeted by one of the coordinators and asked to sign your name. You and your child will receive bracelets with matching numbers which will be matched up when you return for your child at the end of worship. You are also asked leave a cell phone number so that you may be notified immediately if your child needs you. You are welcome to stay with your child as long as you like. Be sure to tell the adult volunteer anything they should know about your child (allergies, special words, toys, etc.) and mark all possessions (and your child!) with the child’s name.

You may choose to register your child so that he/she becomes part of the Christian Education program, progressing from the nursery to Sunday school, confirmation and youth activities as he/she grows. You also may choose simply to fill in a visitor’s form so the Christian Education office can record your child’s attendance.

Youth Ministry

The First Church has active Junior and Senior High fellowship groups led by Rev. Ken McGarry and a team of energetic, caring, well-trained adults from the congregation.  Fellowship, worship, outreach, and educational activities and programs are designed to encourage the development and deepening of connections between youth and God, one another, adults and children in the congregation, and the world around them.

All youth are encouraged to participate in programs and activities designed specifically for them, but our greater hope is that senior highers join with their families and friends in participating in church-wide fellowship, outreach, and worship events.  They are also encouraged to serve as leaders in our Christian Education program by teaching children’s classes, working in the nursery, and leading Vacation Bible School activities; to join or help lead our various musical ensembles; and, after completing the confirmation program, to serve as members of our church’s various boards, committees, and ministry teams.

JUNIOR HIGHERS

MAD (Makes a Difference) for seventh and eighth graders meets throughout the school year during the Sunday School time of the 10 a.m. worship service for a combination of classes, service projects, and fellowship.  The group has great fun and grows closer together while learning about their faith and serving others.  Here are the dates for 2019-2020 school year:  September 9, 15, 22, and 29; October 6, 13, 20, and 27; November 10, 17, and 24; December 8 and 15 (Pageant Sunday); January 12, 19, and 26; February 9, 16, and 23; March 8, 15, 22, and 29 (Youth Sunday); April 5, 19, and 26; and May 10, 17, and 31.  Note:  MAD students will have a class session to learn about communion on October 6; on other communion Sundays (the first Sunday of each month), students remain in the sanctuary with their families for the entirety of the worship service to receive communion.

Junior High Youth Group meets on various weekend days throughout the year for fellowship.  Youth are encouraged to invite their non-member friends to join in on the fun!  Below are the activities and dates for the 2019-2020 school year.  More information and sign-up instructions will be sent to families of junior highers via mail and email, will be posted on the church website, and can be found at Christian Education Corner in Fellowship Hall. 

  • Burgers and Bowling, Saturday, November 16, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Pats Peak Trip, Saturday, February 8, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Funtagious Fun Center Trip, Saturday, April 18, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

SENIOR HIGHERS

Senior High Youth Group meets on select Sundays throughout the school year at 11:30 a.m. for fun-filled times of friendship, food, and frolicking.  Activities focus on helping our teens connect with one another and to serve the world around them.  Below are the activities and dates for the 2019-2020 school year.  More information and sign-up instructions will be sent to families of senior highers via mail and email, will be posted on the church website, and can be found at Christian Education Corner in Fellowship Hall.

  • Apple Picking at Brookdale Farm, September 15, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
  • Cornhole Tournament, September 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • PumpkinPalooza – pumpkin carving and decorating contest, October 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Bowling at Leda Lanes, November 3, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Preschool Thanksgiving Meal Prep, November 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Operation Elf – present shopping and scavenger hunt, December 15, 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Chili Cook-off and Anne-Marie House Meal Prep, February 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • MovieDay in the Fireside Room, March 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Meatloaf Express, May 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Mini-golf at Max’s Country Golf, May 31, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Nashua River Canoeing Trip, June 14, 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional 2019-2020 School Year Activity Dates for Senior Highers:

  • Youth Sunday:  March 29
  • Senior Recognition Sunday:  May 10
  • Confirmation Class of 2021 Informational Breakfast:  June 7, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Summer Mission Trip:  June 27 – July 4

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is a year-long program for those in grade nine and over who wish to explore their faith; learn more about God, the Bible, the church, and Christian traditions; and become full members of First Church.  The group usually meets in the Fireside Room from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on one or two Sundays each month.  Participants will also experience an overnight retreat and community service activities. 
Here are the dates for the 2019-2020 confirmation program:  
September 8 and 22; October 5-6 (retreat) and 27 (Crop Walk); November 17; December 8; January 12; February 9; March 8 and 22; April 5 and 19; and May 17 (Confirmation Sunday).

Scholarships

Each year, First Church proudly presents scholarships to graduating high school seniors and continuing education grants to adults and/or students already in college that are or will be working toward an educational goal.  

Any First Church members interested in applying for a First Church scholarship must do the following: High school students must fill out the First Church Scholarship Application and the First Church Scholarship Application (Financial). First Church Scholarships are awarded on Children’s Day.

Vacation Bible School

VBS is held one week in the summer, usually in July. This is a lively, action packed week for to age 4 through grade 6. Activities include worship, music, drama, crafts, stories and outdoor activities.

Become a Teacher

Youth Protection Policy 

The First Church, Congregational, United Church of Christ of Nashua, NH is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment in which young people can learn about and experience God’s love. In order to ensure this, we require that all people applying to be volunteers who work with minors will have been members for at least six months or friends of First Church for one year. It is the policy of the church to provide adequate supervision for all youth activities. We also expect all employees or volunteers who work with minors to complete and submit a disclosure document.