On the first Wednesday of each month, children from Pre-K to 6th grade gather from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the West Classroom where we share the Word through songs, crafts, readings, and games. Due to COVID-19, the Children's Program has been gathering virtually.
During the past few years, the Children's Program has been very active. They participated in the Abundance Orchard curriculum, a series that took them on a journey through the scriptures that speak of food and food justice for all. They also experienced Compassion Camp, a five-week Virtual Vacation Bible School Program to learn about having compassion for others, for themselves, and for the world, through bible lessons and reflection, crafts, songs, and even a little yoga!
The Children's Program was recently part of a virtual study, The Beatitudes: An Illustrated Curriculum, a twelve-session, verse-by-verse study of the Beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew, which completed in August 2021. Together, through art, reflection, discussion, and activity, they explored Jesus' vision of God's inclusive kingdom, how Jesus turned expectations and traditional beliefs about being blessed upside down, and how to live into the promises of Jesus' Beatitudes.
The children of IUCC get involved in many events and missions at the church and in the community, including Souper Bowl of Caring, ABC Promise Partnership Program, Advent Workshop, Christmas caroling to homebound members, and even a trip to a pumpkin farm for some good old-fashioned Fall fun!
The fourth Sunday of every month is also Family Sunday and the youth of IUCC are especially invited to attend and help lead worship.