Children and Youth Ministries
 
Much of our ministry to, with, and by children and youth happens on Sunday mornings. Learn more about it on this page.

Nursery Care

Nursery care is offered each Sunday during the worship ser-vice for the youngest children in our congregation. Screened adult volunteers take turns caring for these kids, leading them with stories and craft projects. This program is available from before worship begins until it ends. It is located in the Kidango preschool wing of the building.

Children's Sunday School

Children begin each Sunday morning in the worship service and part-way through, leave for their Sunday School classes. On communion Sundays, they are encouraged to return to the worship service so they can participate in this sacrament with the rest of the congregation.

We are using a new Sunday School curriculum, “A Joyful Path!” in our elementary and youth classes. “A Joyful Path!” is created by The Center for Progressive Christianity www.tcpc.org for use with grade school aged kids. It's an important enough curriculum that we've modified it for use with our youth as well.

Summer Camping

Both the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church Northern California-Nevada Region of the Disciples of Christ offer summer camping programs that Niles Discovery Church are very active in. Camps are offered for children and youth entering 2nd through 12th grade, as well as multi-generational camps and camps for adults. You can learn more about these outdoor ministry programs at the NCNC-UCC Conference website and the CCNC-N website.

Niles Discovery Church encourages the participation of our children and youth and helps pay for their attendance with funds raised through our scrip program (read more about the scrip program on this page).

Scrip Program

Scrip Program Scrip is store and restaurant gift certificates that can be spent the same as cash with that particular merchant. They are sold during coffee hour almost every week. Each time you use scrip, a percentage of the face value goes to the program. The percentage varies depending on the merchant and can range between 2% and 20%. Learn more about the Scrip program here.

You can also raise a little money for the church by using “GoodSearch” for your online web searches. Go to www.goodsearch.com, click on "Choose your cause," type in “Niles Discovery,” and then do your search.

Youth Sunday School

During the school year, our Junior and High School youth meet in the choir room during the Sunday School time. On the first and third Sundays, a class is taught, designed to engage the youth in their own faith development. On the other Sundays, the gathering is a youth group meeting.

Youth Group

Our Junior/Senior Hight Youth Group meets at Sunday School Time during the worship service on the second, fourth, and fifth Sundays of the month in the choir room. The youth group has additional special activities from time to time during the month. Youth group meetings are a time to develop friendships, build trust, service others, and learn more. Acrtivities might include a trip to a neighboring faith community to learn more about them or preparing a skit for the chruch-wide talent show - or just checking in with each other. More information may be found on the "Youth" bulletin board in Ford Hall.

Permission slips are needed for off-site activities. You can download the permission slip here.

Confirmation Class

Every few years, Niles Discovery Church offers a Confirmation Class for youth (and adults if they are interested) to prepare them to make a choice about taking on the responsibilities of being a disciple of Jesus. For people who were baptized as babies, this means reaffirming their baptism and taking on the responsibilities of the baptismal vows made for them by their parents through the rite of confirmation. For people who have not been baptized, this means being baptized and taking on the responsibilities of the baptismal vows through the rite of confirmation.

A Confirmation Class is being held during this school year. The next class won't be held for two or three years. It will be for youth (and any adults who want to participate) who are eighth graders and older. The class will be taught primarily by Pastor Jeff Spencer. If you have a youth in your family who might be interested in participating (or if you are interested yourself), please let Pastor Jeff know.