KIDS AND YOUTH
Children and Youth at Shadow Rock are an important part of our church community. Our goal is to integrate young people into the life of our congregation as much and as often as possible!
Children’s Faith Formation – Sunday School
Children gather for Sunday School weekly at 9 o’clock. We use a combination of curricula developed right here at Shadow Rock, and materials written by the United Church of Christ and other publishers. Every week, children pray together and hear a story from the Bible. Activities, art, drama, games, and music help make our values and tradition come alive in ways that are approachable and relevant for kids. Take Home pages give families ways to talk about and explore our topics together in new and deeper ways.
Children’s Worship Participation
During Sunday worship, kids are invited to participate in Bread Talk (a conversation with Pastor Ken about the worship theme or community events). Children sing at worship periodically and often serve with their parents as greeters and liturgists.
Most months, we offer an activity for children (sometimes with their families) outside of the Sunday morning time together. Over the last year, we’ve had lots of fun:
- Martin Luther King Jr. sleepover and Phoenix MLK march
- Barn Dance
- The ‘I’m Bored!’ Board Game Party
- Spies for Gratitude event
- Christmas Pageant
- Lego Party
- Palm Sunday Egg-cellent Sleepover
- UMOM Read to Me volunteering opportunity
Children’s events have a dual purpose: fun + education! Here are some things we know about kids:
- They learn when they are engaged in action!
- They grow when they are in loving, healthy relationships.
- They make leaps in understanding when they are away from home.
Special non-Sunday happenings help our kids grow, build relationships, and have fun!
Holiday Happenings and Other Seasonal Stuff
Special times call for special events… and Shadow Rock children are special people! At Christmas, we typically have a short, low-stress pageant with participation welcome by kids from kindergarten to 6th grade. Around Easter, children take a turn teaching the adults of the congregation with Walk Through Holy Week, a series of skits and vignettes from the last week of Jesus’ life. In October, watch for information on harvest- and Halloween-themed fun for children and families.