Sunday School and Youth Group students begin with Worship at 10:00 am in our Sanctuary, except the first Sunday of the month, when they go to Church School first. The fifth Sundays of the month are children-friendly services for the entire family with no Church School classes.
Nursery care is available during the Worship Service with a responsible, caring adult volunteer. Nursery Coordinator is Mrs. Shirley Bock. The Nursery is a clean, safe and fun room for infants and toddlers to play or rest.
Children and Worship
We treasure our children and youth, and we honor the unique gifts each one brings to our community. Our Church School ministry fosters a sense of belonging and encourages love, generosity, and commitment with God’s light guiding our path.
We welcome children of all ages in worship, and we celebrate their presence. On most Sundays, there is an interactive Children’s Message. Following this Message, children and teens are invited to go to their classrooms.
Children and Communion
Athol Congregational Church has a long tradition of an open communion table. All are invited to share in this meal. We welcome children to share in this tradition.
School Aged Children
Athol Congregational Church utilizes “Workshop Rotation Model” curriculum for Sunday School children from Preschool to Sixth Grade. Workshops include Craft, Computer, Cooking and Map/History. Students learn the same Bible lesson for four weeks in a different workshop each week. The fifth Sunday of each rotation is Family Sunday in which all children and youth attend a children-friendly service in the upstairs sanctuary with their family. Children and youth are encouraged to participate as usher, acolyte or lay reader on these Sundays.
The Summer Church program features an adult leader to help children enjoy a Christian Craft and/or Game with Snacks provided.
We also feature Vacation Bible Camp during School summer vacation that highlights Bible-themed stations to include Story, Craft, Game, Mission Project, and Snack.
The Youth Group:
Our Youth Group program has upgraded to “Bible Lessons 4 Youth (BL4Y) Curriculum and is appropriate to graves Seventh through Twelfth. Our Youth program is led by Rev. Joseph Bezio Jr. The youth have frequent social gatherings and mission projects throughout the year.
All Classes begin on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am with Free Children’s Breakfast from 9:30-10:00 am in the Christian Ed Office and Community Meeting Room.
Two nursery options are available. One family gated area in the rear of the Sanctuary with quiet toys and the other in the Nursery Room in the Sunday School wing.
Church Step Program
BAPTISM: Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship to God. We are welcomed into the grace of God.
BIBLE RECEIPT: First and Second Grade children are given a Children’s Bible to study at home and bring with them to Sunday School to follow along with the lesson.
ACOLYTE STEP: Fourth through Sixth Grade children are taught the process of lighting God’s candle (also called Acolyte) on the Church altar. They receive a special stole to wear while performing this task during their installment service.
JUNIOR DEACON STEP: Sixth through Seventh Grade children are taught the jobs of being a Church Deacon. Jobs include ushering during worship service, greeting church goers upon entering Church, reading Scripture (also called Liturgist), assisting with assembling holiday baskets and visiting with home-bound members.
CONFIRMATION STEP: Eighth grade youth and higher are encouraged to join our Church through Confirmation. The program includes lessons, mentoring with an adult, retreats and the final ceremony. Confirmation is the choice to commit to our baptismal gifts and is a rite of initiation or passage into the Church Family. Confirmed youth become full Deacons of our Church.
We hold regular inter-generational family events including dramatic presentations, field trips, bowling, movies, sliding and picnics. Our focus is to bring families closer to each other as well as foster Christian Fellowship.
Holiday Programs are open to the Community and area children. These programs showcase child and youth drama and/or singing talent.
Please contact Caprice Bachelder, Christian Education Coordinator for more information or to register your child or teen for Church School. Phone: 508-331-7791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Events are posted on the Church’s Facebook Page under “Events” section.