Church School

Our Sunday morning formational programs for preschoolers to middle schoolers include classroom learning, music-making, creative art projects, mission opportunities and plenty of fun.

Here’s a quick guide to our church school activities, which take place during the Worship hour, beginning at approximately 11:20 a.m., from mid-September to early June:

Outdoor Church Offering (First Sunday of the Month)
On Communion Sundays, all children from pre-kindergarten to middle school are invited to work side by side to prepare dozens of brown-bag lunches to be distributed to homeless men and women in Cambridge by the ministers and volunteers of The Outdoor Church. This ongoing monthly mission project has been a pillar of our Christian formation for children for years and continues to provide a meaningful moment for reflection on how to live out First Church’s vision of the Open Door.

Church School Classes (Middle Sundays of the Month)
Children are divided into classes to engage with Christian Formation curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for their age group.
Pre-GP - 3-year-olds learn the basics of gathering for worship, story, song, and prayer.
Godly Play – a sacred time and space for Biblical storytelling and wondering for Pre-K & Kindergartners (GP1), 1st & 2nd graders (GP2), and 3rd & 4th graders (GP3).
Bible 101 - an introduction for 5th and 6th graders to navigating, reading, and interpreting the Bible.
Middlers – Every other year, our 5th graders explore themes of difference, hospitality, acceptance, friendship and forgiveness in the context of our Christian faith. Bible-based lessons are supplemented by middle reader novels, including R.J. Palacio's Wonder, Thanhha Lai's Inside Out and Back Again, and Sharon Draper's Stella by Starlight.

Classes end at noon for a music-making gathering for all ages in the Chapel. Throughout the year, children learn well-loved First Church hymns and other songs from Christian traditions around the world.

Creative Arts (Last Sunday of the Month)
Once a month, all classes gather to take part in a creative project that celebrates and contributes to our communal faith journey. We explore expressions of our faith practices through art, such as designing new images for our bulletin covers and creating other beautiful objects for display and use in worship.

Our Whole Lives, Confirmation, and Youth Group round out our Sunday afternoon and evening programs - check out the Youth page for more details.

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