This Week At First Church: Children, Teen and Family Activities

Children, Teen, and Family Ministries   

SUNDAY, 5/20

See below for Upcoming Events, Teen Happenings, and Kids’ Choirs



For the rest of May, we will be preparing our children for our official Children’s Day on June 3rd.  Children’s Day is a time when we celebrate our children, all they’ve learned over our program year.  They will lead us in the different components of worship, and our faith community will thank and recognize all of our Sunday School teachers, teen assistants, and Confirmation mentors.


This Sunday in Sunday School, our children will rehearse for the ‘sermon’ portion of Children’s Day, and begin writing the scripts for each grade’s component in the service.  If your child will be with us on June 3rd, please reply to this email with their name and grade so we can get a head count as to whom will be here!


**As we all try to navigate the reality of technology and electronics in our world, it’s often difficult to get ourselves and our children to unplug.  Monthly, we will be offering spiritual practice activities (creative ways to connect to God) to help with this balance.  Click here for the MAY SPIRITUAL PRACTICE that can be done at home to cultivate a new way to engage with God and each other.




D.A.Y. WEEK, 5/19-26:

Ten years ago, the First Congregational Church played a key leadership role in in organizing a coalition of community groups to change the culture of teen substance abuse in Guilford. With strong youth leadership, the coalition organized Guilford DAY. The effort is based on positive, fun, and visible messages, and ongoing support of the message from many community organizations. Success depends on youth who are willing to stand up, to speak out, and to help each other. Despite what may be prominent on social media, the strong majority of Guilford kids live grateful, positive, healthy, substance-free lives.


Please consider displaying purple during DAY WEEK May 19 – 26 and come to the Guilford Fairgrounds on Sat. May 19 for the fun of the LifeLinx/Guilford D.A.Y. /Nick Kruczek 5k Color Run/Walk for Recovery at 10:00 am, signup starting at 9:00 am. The profits will benefit Lifelinx, a charitable group which operates sober houses in Guilford and Madison, and helps people in recovery from addiction.  **See flyer for more details, or email church members Peter Palumbo or Bo Huhn with questions.



Celebrate our children and all of the faith leaders who lead them on June 3rd, at the 10am service.  Faith Leaders are invited to attend a luncheon in their honor at the Stambaugh residence after church.



We look forward to welcoming our confirmation students into full membership at First Church as they share with us their Faith Statements and confirm their baptisms.  *Our 5th-8th graders will stay in worship that Sunday, while we offer Sunday School to our 4th grade and younger after the confirmation portion of the service.



Save The Date!  During the evenings of June 25th-28th (and one day event on Monday), we will have a range of activities for our entire church family!  Details coming soon in the bulletin, eblast, website, and Landmark…



Summer Sunday Worship will be at 9am through the summer months with Sunday School offered for children through the 4th grade.  The first Sundays of the month (7/1, 8/5, and 9/2) will be Family Worship Sundays with no Sunday School.  Childcare for infants through 3 years old will be offered in the Nursery each Sunday, and for 5 years old and younger on 1st Sundays of July/August/September.






Our next meetings are:

  • Confirmation 2, Fri/Sat, 5/11-12, Nightwatch 

PILGRIM FELLOWSHIP (9th-12th grade):

Pilgrim Fellowship is a non-denominational group of high school students from Guilford, CT that recognizes, appreciates and embraces that all people are created differently.  Through fellowship and service, both locally and nationally, PF engages in transformative experience that challenges its members, deepens their spirituality and strengthens their compassion for others. PF meets most Sunday evenings during the school year from 7-9 pm.


Pilgrim Fellowship is an Outreach Ministry of First Congregational Church of Guilford.  For information, please contact our PF Director, Judi Wallace, at






Kids’ Choirs meet on Wednesday afternoons at the church during the program year.  Please email Gail Etter, our Cherub Choir director (PK-2nd gr), or Liza Catino, our Junior Choir director (3rd-8th gr), with any questions.


Becky Stambaugh, Director of Children and Family Ministries

First Congregational Church of Guilford, CT