Children and youth are an important part of Naples United Church of Christ. We encourage them to serve, learn, and enjoy fellowship with others. It is our desire to educate children and youth to make an educated personal choice in their faith.
We offer many programs during the year to help them with their Christian journey. We welcome all preschool and elementary children to Sunday school. The children begin with the 9:00 am worship service with their parents, grandparents, or friends. Following the children's sermon, we leave for church school in Nelson Hall. Our Bible lessons are interactive and encourage the children to develop and share their faith.
Nursery and Childcare – For children 6 months to 4 years old is available during all worship services.
Church School – On August 18 at 10 a.m. we will begin our church school with a blessing of the children and youth during the children’s time. After that, children in grades K-6 are invited to church school for a journey learning Bible truths they will remember for a lifetime. Youth can stay in the service, help teach a class, or serve in the Sunday service.
Junior Disciples – September 4 will begin our Junior Disciples Program! We will meet on Wednesdays during the school year from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (Pick-up and recreation between 5 – 5:30 p.m.) We offer a behavior-over-belief curriculum that teaches God within all, inclusion, compassion, and self-awareness that follows the teachings of Jesus. There will be rehearsals for children’s choir and students will also have rotations in art (classes given by our Palette Pals artists), crafts, games, cooking and gardening or optional homework help. (Pick up from Seagate Elementary is available.)
Children’s Choir – Starts on Wednesday, September 18 during our Junior Disciples Program (ages 4 – 5th grade). We meet from 4 – 4:30 (pre-K thru 2nd grade) and from 4:30 – 5 p.m. (3rd – 5th grade) on Wednesday afternoons. The choir sings periodically during the school year in the Sunday services. All year children are learning songs that will be performed for the end-of-year children’s musical. (Additional practice time required in April.)
Youth Group – Starts on September 7 and 8 with a trip to Universal Studio’s “Rock the Universe.” Beginning September 15, we will meet from 6 – 7 p.m. Youth Group is for 6th – 12th graders and is a gathering of open-minded youth welcoming of diverse perspectives. After some “hang out” time, we have discussion, study and prayer time. Periodically, middle and high school groups are split up depending on topic of discussion. We also provide fun and educational outings, retreats, service opportunities and summer mission trips.
Confirmation Class – We have a confirmation class for all youth in the 8th grade.
Special Events: Throughout the year, we go on field trips to the beach, water parks, concerts, and go on kayak adventures. In the fall, we have a "Trunk or Treat" Halloween Festival, and in the spring, an Easter Egg Hunt. Every summer in June, we have a one week Vacation Bible School open to the community. Volunteers from the church, parents, and the directors participate in all aspects of the program. Each year we have a record number of volunteers helping make this event successful.
Because we teach the importance of serving the community, we encourage youth participation in volunteer service projects which provide assistance to those in our community. We also encourage children along with youth to participate when we serve at Grace Place and other locations throughout the year.
If you are interested in learning more about our youth programs at Naples United Church of Christ, please call the Church at (239) 261-5469.
All children and youth are welcome to attend our programs. It is not necessary to attend Naples United Church of Christ or be part of a family that worships here. We welcome everyone at any time and have a safe church policy!
Nancy Van Fleet, CE Director