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Christian Education

“Your faithfulness is growing by leaps and bounds, and the love that all of you have for each other is increasing.” — 2 Thessalonians 1:3

Continued growth in the knowledge and love of God is of prime importance to our congregation. Our curriculum for children and youth has as its focal point the simple goal of teaching that each of us is a beloved child of God. We believe that building trust as a bridge across time, seasons, and ages can help form our guiding spirit.

Most Sundays, children begin in the Worship service at 10 AM and then depart with a blessing to attend Church School with their teachers. On Communion SundaysCommunion symbol, children begin downstairs in their designated classrooms and then come up to the Sanctuary for Communion with their families. During holiday weekends, when a lower than usual attendance is anticipated, all children are invited to a One Room Church School rather than their regular classes. See the Calendar for Church School lesson topics and special events.

Nursery Care (infant through age 3):
Professional child care is available in the nursery for infants through age three. Ask the Deacon or greeter at the door on Sunday morning for the location of the nursery or any other details of the day's schedule.

Church School (4 years old through kindergarten):
Our dedicated paid teaching staff work with children to strengthen their relationship with God while building a Biblical foundation that will remain with them as they become young adults. Activities in class will not only reinforce a student’s Bible knowledge but also give them an opportunity to practice the skills they learn.

This church year our curriculum will focus on God's Creation! Did you know that we were made in the image of God? As representatives of God on earth, we all have a responsibility to care for the earth. The image of God is a hefty responsibility to love and care for ALL creation. With our interesting and age-appropriate lesson plans, all children will learn they are an important part of the big world and that they have a responsibility to respect and care for the earth.  Earthcare for Children emphasizes the spiritual basis of environmental awareness and action in a series of lessons for use in the religious education of children. This curriculum was developed by members of Palo Alto Friends Meeting for use in Quaker Schools and Churches.

Senior youth after sorting foodMiddle School Youth Gathering (MY3S):
Middle School Youth meet the  third Sunday of each month during the church year. On other Sundays youth are welcome to attend the worship service or assist in the Church School classrooms.

Youth Group (6th - 12th graders):
Youth in middle and high school are invited to join the NHCC Youth Group. There are various opportunities for youth to grow in faith, volunteer in their community and abroad, and further develop their knowledge of God. At NHCC we believe that mission and hands-on service work is an exercise in being a servant of God within our families, communities, schools and in the church. In Jesus' teachings, our relationship with each other is inseparable from our relationship with God.

Family Ministry:
Everyone is invited to join together after worship on the second Sunday of each month to work on a mission activity. Some projects have been: sandwich making for the Community Day Center in Waltham, hand-knotting fleece scarves during the winter, and many other activities designed to help others.

Confirmation is a program for youth who are ready to explore their faith and study more about the Bible, the Church, and the Christian faith. During the confirmation program, confirmands will gain and demonstrate a basic understanding of the Bible, sacraments, world religions, and practices of the United Church of Christ. The confirmands will be able to articulate their own journey of faith development.

Adult Ministry: 
Adult Education includes discussions on scripture, spirituality, contemporary social issues, and concerns within NHCC itself. The class rotates speakers with each new study. We also have gatherings with a sermon feedback discussion. Adults meet in the Parlor after worship and fellowship time.  See the Calendar for information. Child care is offered with advance notice.