14 West Street
Newtown, CT 06470
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday through Friday
Newtown Congregational Church, UCC
Middle School Youth begin in the sanctuary worship service on Sunday mornings and exit the sanctuary following the Children's Message. They participate in Small Chapel, and then continue on to their church school class.
High School Youth also begin in the sanctuary worship services. They are welcome to remain in the sanctuary or they are also welcome to attend Small Chapel for a more causal worship experience. Following Small Chapel, high school youth have the opportunity to assist in Sunday school classes or gather in the Great Room for relaxed conversations about life and faith.
Confirmation class explores Christian beliefs, the Bible, church history, and the meaning of Christian discipleship in today's world. The class provides a foundation for youth to explore and mature in their faith, and a space for asking the tough questions of life. The class is taken during a youth's ninth grade year of high school. During the year the class meets weekly with the Pastor and monthly with mentors. On Youth Sunday (usually on Mother's Day) the youth plan and are the main participants in the worship service. The class culminates with a written personal statement of faith and a confirmation service. Once confirmed, the youth are recognized as adult members of this church and have the opportunity to participate as deacons.
Our Youth Groups meet from September until the first few weeks in June. The youth enjoy time with each other in a Christian environment full of faith, fun, and fellowship. Their year includes special gatherings which may include community service, fundraising for charities, fun wilderness retreats, entertainment, and special dinners.
Each year a service trip is planned with the N.E.W.S. (Newtown Ecumenical Workcamp Servants) to travel to a community to assist persons in need through repair of homes, restocking of food pantries, and uplifting spirits! N.E.W.S. initially gathers in the early Fall when the destination and cost has been determinied. Participation in bonding time, planning, community service, and fundraising endeavors is a year-long process which culminates when the "Workcampers" spend a week in the summer living in the service of others.
Older Youth who wish to continue their outreach beyond high school are offered an opportunity to travel to Biloxi, MS during a week in the winter to spend a week at the UCC Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi repairing homes and assisting in the local community.