A Vital Ministry!
Children and youth are a vital part of the ministry at Church of the Good Shepherd! Scroll down to learn more about our programs and opportunities for children and youth to grow, learn, and serve!
Sunday School is in session at 10 am each Sunday, Labor Day weekend through Memorial Day weekend. We take a break during the summer months.
Regular Worship Services: 9:00 am and 11:00 am
All Sunday School classes start at 10 am
Sundays, 10:00 am -10:50 am
Classes will not meet during the Summer Session (Memorial Day thru Labor Day)
Our children and youth Sunday School emphasizes the teachings of Jesus, inclusion, selfless love for others, peace, social justice, love of creation and life-long learning. Classes are divided by grade level and are lead by trained teachers who have received background-checks. Classes include a snack and a lesson, followed by an activity to supplement the lesson. There is no Sunday School during the summer. There is a registration event held in August, and registration is open and ongoing throughout the year.
Infant and Toddler care
Sundays, 8:45 am – 12:15 pm, Top Floor, West End of the Building
Our childcare center is operated by a loving staff that cares for our babies and toddlers. We have age-appropriate toys, cribs, and a changing station.
The Youth Group meets once each month – see Christian Ed Ministry Lead for details.
Our sixth through 12th grade youth group gathers for special outings, participates in service projects, and gets involved in the running of the weekly worship service.
The youth group does not meet regularly over the summer, although there may be special outings.
9:00 am and 11:00 am, Sanctuary
Our youth participate in worship in many ways: running the sound system, working the slides, playing music, ushering, offering prayers, and reading scripture are all ways our children and youth can participate.
National Youth Event (every 4 years)
In July 2016, our youth attended the National Youth Event which included service work as well as relationship building.
See how the young people of the church embraced their ministry and each other during several faith-filled days at the National Youth Event at Walt Disney World.
After their return, the youth created a worship service wherein they told about their experiences and how the National Youth Event changed them.
Events and Outings
Our children and youth regularly have the opportunity to participate in intergenerational church events, including picnics, trips to the zoo, Isotopes baseball games, girls’ night at the Lobos women’s basketball games, tours at the museum, hikes, miniature golf, rock climbing, campouts, movies, bike rides, and park clean-ups. Scholarships are available for all events, and no child will be turned away for an inability to pay.
Service and Outreach
We believe that serving the community is an integral part of developing Christian faith. Our children and youth regularly have opportunities to participate with our partners in service: Family Promise, Project Share, Casa Q, East Mountain food pantry and others; cooking meals, raising money to stop hunger, tutoring students, and hosting homeless guests.
Church of the Good Shepherd enthusiastically supports the camping program of the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. Click Here to read more about the Youth and Outdoor Ministry of the Southwest Conference.
Safe Church Policy
The members of Church of the Good Shepherd are committed to creating and maintaining a safe place in which members, friends, staff, officers and volunteers can worship and work free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and exploitation or bullying. In addition to training and supporting our teachers and leaders, we also hold the pastors, staff and congregation accountable to our “Safe Church Policy” which provides guidelines to prevent physical abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual misconduct/exploitation, bullying behavior, staff misconduct, and any behavior that puts others at risk of harm. To learn more about our policy and practice, contact Pastor Sarah or the Ministry Team Lead for Spiritual Education and Development.