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Christian Education

Children's Sunday School

Children's Sunday SchoolIn a recent class, taught by Liz Cotsifas, the children discussed Family Promise... what their homes were like, what it might be like to not have a home, what people who did not have a home might need if they came to visit "our home," the church. The kids made houses out of Play-doh (one had an outdoor shower and another a roof top deck!!). And we put together a list of ideas for Linda Riddell of things we thought kids might want when they stay at the church for a week. If you would like to help with Sunday School or teaching, please contact Melissa Knoll or Elizabeth Holland.



Junior Youth GroupJYG enjoyed teaming with SYG for the "Operation Cookies For A Cause" fundraiser which will help cover costs for our May 2018 mission trip to H.O.M.E. Much thanks to all who supported our cause and to SYG who oriented us to the kitchen and baking Costin style! JYG also had great fun with the many other Advent happenings, including participating in the Christmas pageant, going caroling, and learning Yankee swap etiquette while  working hard to beat SYG at  Christmas Trivia.

On to 2018 with friends, faith, and fun:

January 7 -  Remain in worship for communion with our church family.
January 14 - Gather downstairs in the Senior Youth Room for a special guest with a special presentation
January 21 - Join Sally Campbell and the younger kids for a mission project following the children's message
January 28 - Gather downstairs in the Senior Youth Room with SYG for a special meeting about our upcoming mission trip.

Questions, comments, or good jokes can be directed to Karen Verdelli at 318-8778 or


December was a busy month for our Youth Groups. As the cold weather set in, we were happy to be snug and warm in the church kitchen making tray upon tray of molasses and spritz cookies. We sold the cookies after church on December 10 and robust sales raised $200, which will be used to help fund our mission trip to the HOME program in Orland, Maine in May 2018. As always, we are grateful for the generosity of our church community in supporting us in this endeavor. (And Paula Costin's baking expertise.)

Did you perhaps hear our enthusiastic singing floating through the air on December 17? Senior and Junior Youth Groups combined for an evening of Christmas caroling, followed by our annual Christmas party. Ask a youth member about some of the games we played, including the balloon blow and Christmas trivia. And, of course, the always popular Yankee swap. Many thanks to Peg Cyr for arranging our caroling efforts, and to Karen Verdelli for her help in party planning. A special thank you to those individuals who contributed pizza or pizza donations to help make our party a gastronomic success!

January 2018 schedule for Senior Youth Group:

January 7 - remain in sanctuary for worship and communion.
January 14 - Youth Group meeting in the Youth Room.
January 21 - remain in sanctuary for worship.
January 27 (SATURDAY) -   9:00-11 :00 volunteer at Partners for World Health.
January 28- Youth Group meeting in the Youth Room.


At this time, there is nothing scheduled during the regular Adult Forum time of 9:30-10:15. The December Advent discussion series held after service starting around 11:45 and going to 12:30 in the parlor was well received. Average attendance was around 20 and discussion was lively and meaningful. I believe this model and/or time slot may be worth pursuing as it seems to fit in well with more folk's schedules. Plans are shaping up for new classes in 2018; please stay tuned for more details on topics, times, and locations!


Where: WIUC parlors
When: TBA.
FMI: Sylvia Nickels, 797-5366