14 West Street
Newtown, CT 06470
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday through Friday
Newtown Congregational Church, UCC
The Nurture Ministry (NM) oversees all educational and spiritual growth programs of NCC and general oversight of auxiliary education programs which serve and/or are sponsored by NCC.
Faith is nurtured not just for an hour on Sunday mornings! We believe our children can and do encounter God's love all the time. Much of the growth our children experience in faith occurs in the contexts of their families. That can sometimes seem an overwhelming notion, but if we embrace the opportunity, it can be a real gift! We strive to keep the curriculum in our church school aligned with the Sunday worship service. This means children, youth, and adults are exploring similar themes and scriptures, so that when everyone arrives back home, the conversation can continue! Adults don't need to have all the answers (or any of the answers) to show your young individuals that faith can be important, exciting, and part of all of life.
At Newtown Congregational Church we offer a unique program for children. At 10:00AM on Sunday mornings, the children arrive with their families or friends families into the sanctuary sot that everyone begins in worship together. And then, following the Children's Message, the children transition from the sanctuary to the Great Room (fellowship hall) where they experience an energy-filled time of faith formation called Small Chapel. In Small Chapel they learn the stories of the Bible (through song puppetry or story telling), take an offering just like "Big Church", experience the importance of prayer, and celebrate birthdays. From Small Chapel the children continue on to their church school classes where they continue to learn and enjoy Christian faith fundamentals until 11:30AM, when they join the rest of the congregation for "connection time" (refreshments and social time).
The Newtown Congregational Church Chrisitan Education ministry likes to call our church school "The Garden", because this is where children's faith is "sown and grown" with TLC. The Garden focusses on the faith formation and eductaion of children and youth from preschool age through high school by means of various hands-on mediums such as compassionate outreach, prayer, drama, cooking, music, storytelling, service project, and craft projects. These young individuals are very enthusiastic about this program.
The formal education year runs from September until the second week in June. Included during the year is Bible Sunday, in which the children in Kindergarten and Third Grade receive gift Bibles from their church. During the summer months there are special activities for young people that are offered in place of the formal church school time.
The Christian Education Ministry works diligently to provide a good foundation for the children of the church. The Ministry meets monthly welcomes all who are interested in providing a strong Christian foundation for our children.