The Life and Learning Ministry is responsible for the total program of Christian Education in the Church. The ministry works with the Minister and staff in enlisting and training teachers and other volunteers, initiate new educational projects and classes, and provide a well rounded Christian Education program.
First Congregational Church is a family-friendly church that sees a vibrant and well-rounded Christian Education program as an essential part of the church, with programs for all ages.
Children are invited to attend the first part of each Sunday service with their families; Sunday school begins after a “Children’s Moment” with the congregation. The Sunday school lessons are coordinated with music and crafts in such a way as to keep the children interested and involved, while furthering their understanding and knowledge of Christian beliefs and values, always with an emphasis on the joy of God’s love. The dedicated teachers and volunteers are devoted to finding new ways to insure that Sunday school is a meaningful, yet always enjoyable experience.
There is a separate ministry for teens, which delves more deeply into the Bible’s messages for living in our times, and facing the challenges that come with young adulthood. Young people, like all Congregationalists, are encouraged to find God’s truth through experience, and a strong focus is on finding the joy of God’s love by giving to others, both within the community and beyond.
We also have an adult education program, which is geared toward individual exploration of beliefs in a group setting. All are welcome to join the discussions at any time.
Come to First Congregational and find new friends – we would love to have you as a part of our church family!
There are many opportunities for adults to learn more about their faith and community at First Congregational Church. Adult classes at FCC are typically announced through the Daily Update, though there are a few opportunities that run consistently through the year.
- Lectio divina – every Tuesday at 10 am, a gorup gathers to look at the scripture readings for the coming Sunday. Prayer, meditation, and conversation about the reading are the major parts of this practice.
- Roots of Joy – every Tuesday at 7 pm. While not a class, Roots of Joy is an alternative worship service that gives space to explore our faith in new and dynamic ways. It incorporates anything that is inspiring the group of people present, and is a free-flowing service. It often includes a variety of art, music, reading, and conversation!
- Adult education classes – these are offered at various times throughout the year, often in blocks of 4-6 weeks. The topics and schedule vary based on the needs and interests of the congregation.
Remembering Jesus’ commands to love God, one another, and our neighbors, we will promote and model compassion, concern, respect and responsibility.
We have a commitment to our youth. Our youth programs are:
- Distinctly Christian
- Clearly Congregational
Following the example of Jesus, we will encourage growth in prayer, biblical understanding, worship, fellowship, stewardship and service – believing that these are key aspects of Christian discipleship. And, remembering Jesus’ commands to love God, one another, and our neighbors, we will promote and model compassion, concern, respect and responsibility.
See the current church newsletter for upcoming Youth events.
Pilgrim Fellowship in Action
Pilgrim fellowship (PF) is for youth of all ages. They are a fun group that does a variety of social, service and worship activities throughout the year.
Raised Garden –
The youth are in charge of the section(s) of raised garden beds in the lower parking lot that have been assigned to Life and Learning for the season. They choose what they will be planting, and join together to get the seeds or starts into the raised bed, then weed as needed and watch them grow! The raised beds are a newer project at FCC, so it remains to be seen what the youth with decide to do with their bounty, once harvest time rolls around.
Service Project – Akeela House
Addiction is a struggle faced by many people in Alaska. Addiction has a devastating effect on the individual’s life and the lives of their loved ones. Many times society forgets about these people and their daily life struggle to be clean.
The Pilgrim Fellowship youth group wants to support recovery efforts being made by the clients of Akeela House Recovery Services. Akeela House is one of the longest running recovery programs in Alaska. The PF youth group wants to support this organization through a donation drive. During the month of April we will be collecting much-needed items from our friends, neighbors, and the FCC congregation for the clients of Akeela House.
Items listed in the order that they are needed include:
- Bath soap and body wash
- Women’s ankle socks and low-cut underwear (sizes M, L)
- Men’s athletic socks and t-shirts (sizes L, XL)
- Skin lotion
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Gift certificates for use at WalMart to purchase underclothing items
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Shavers and Q-tips
- Note pads and ink pens
Clients of Akeela House are encouraged knowing that they have support from the community in their recovery efforts. They would not be able to excel without the help of generous people like you. You will be giving them the opportunity and a positive experience that they would not have without your donation.
Thanks in advance for your support in helping us help those who need to know our community cares about them and supports their efforts to live a clean and healthy lifestyle. Please bring your items to the church, and the PF Youth will hold them and make the delivery on the second Sunday in May.