Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Growth for All Ages!

Children:

Before going to church school, children are invited forward for a special time in worship.

Before going to church school, children are invited forward for a special time in worship.

Church School classes are provided each Sunday for children ages Pre-K (older 4s) through 5th grade.  On the second Sunday of each month, a new Bible story is introduced in worship through the “Child In Us All” message.  That same Sunday, the pastor will preach on the story, allowing families opportunities to dialogue about what they have learned.  The church school classes focus on the same story for four weeks, but the children will experience the story through a variety of workshop rotations (art, music, drama, science, cooking, video, and games).  Visit the SPARK Rotational website to learn more about our curriculum at www.wearesparkhouse.org/kids/spark.

Nursery care is offered every Sunday for the duration of the service. Children up

Older elementary students break a piñata during our Los Posadas celebration.

Older elementary students break a piñata during our Los Posadas celebration.

through age 4/5 years are cared for by both a paid nursery staff worker and adult volunteers from the congregation.

Youth:

  • Middle School youth (grades 6-8) participate in a Sunday morning church school class three Sundays per month. They remain in worship on Communion Sundays.  The middle school curriculum, Re:Form, challenges the students to think about fundamental theological questions through humorous video clips and a variety of activities. Learn more at www.wearesparkhouse.org/teens/reform. In addition, the middle school students complete a hands-on mission project each month.
  • Middle schoolers draw chalk art to illustrate their understandings of creation.

    Middle schoolers draw chalk art to illustrate their understandings of creation.

  • “We The Youth” events occur three times a year. These are ecumenical, experiential activities focused on social justice concerns. Our youth join with youth from the Exeter area to learn about issues such as poverty, hunger, refugees, etc. These events are open to all Exeter area teens in grades 6-12.
  • High School youth (grades 9-12) are invited to participate in a variety of activities and learning experiences. In addition, a high school youth confirmation program is offered for those students who wish to deepen their faith connection and commitment to the church.

 Adults:

Educational Classes: All classes are  held in either the church or church office. Please email pastor Emily at pastor @exetercongchurch.org to sign up… or just show up!  Past classes have included:

  • Lent
  • Advent
  • Spiritual Growh
  • Book Groups

 Free Lecture Series: We The People…Now entering its 10th year, We the People is a free lecture and film series that explores issues at the intersection of current events, religion, and ethics. Co-sponsored by the Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist churches of Exeter in association with Phillips Exeter Academy and Water Street Bookstore, We the People invites you to be part of the conversation as we host thought provoking events each season on a wide range of topics. Click here for the current schedule on Facebook...

Women’s Bible StudyJoin other women in fellowship. Coffee chat from 10 to 10:30 am, then study with books or videos from 10:30 am to noon. Contact Sue Bowman. Typically second and fourth Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm at the church offices.