We strive to live into our motto that, “No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” Our Children and Youth programs are age-appropriate places for our young friends to explore their faith and the impact they can make on the world.
Our Sunday Morning Children’s Program has four classes: Preschool – 1st grade, 2nd – 5th, Middle School, and High School. We focus on learning bible stories and the practices of progressive Christian faith in an environment that celebrates the unique gifts of each child. Singing is an important part of our school-year program. Children’s Music Director Kristin Burns leads preschool though middle-school kids in songs that complement the church school curriculum. The children sing for the congregation on Palm Sunday and in our Christmas Pageant. The Children’s Program runs concurrently with the 10 A.M. worship.
We invite you to explore our Foothills Kids Website that shows some of the activities in our program and provides internet links to relevant resources that can be used by families in their homes.
We also have nursery care available for children under three during worship, and for the children of church volunteers before and after worship. We offer childcare upon request for all church members for all church events.
Youth are invited to stay for fellowship after the service to enjoy a Youth Fellowship program that runs until 1pm. Youth Fellowship focuses on helping our youth express their own values and equipping them to enact their values in the world. An important component in this program is service. We provide service both to the Foothills Congregational Church community and to the wider community by hosting events throughout the year and going on an annual Mission Trip.
Youth in 8th grade or higher are invited to participate in our mentor-based confirmation program. Youth partner with a church member to look at questions like, “Why would anyone participate in religion?” “Why Jesus?” At the end of the process each confirmand writes a brief statement of faith. Confirmation is required for anyone wanting to join the church as a youth, although joining the church is not the goal of confirmation. The goal is to be able to answer, “What do I believe and what difference does it make in my life?”
Children and Youth are invited to participate with their families in our Family Potlucks.