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Our faith tells us that a meaningful life isn’t about having more stuff. It’s about finding more love and hope in the everyday and ordinary. Through generous gifts of time and talent, our educational programs enrich the lives of our young families, middle & high schoolers,  adults and teachers.

Educational opportunities include essential and relevant christian education, adult faith formation, spiritual study/discussion groups, confirmation classes, Our Whole Lives programming, continuing education for our pastor’s spiritual growth,  and Theology on Tap.

Nursery & Sunday School
We are a church for families of all shapes and sizes! Whether you arrive early or late, you’ll be welcomed by greeters who can point you toward the welcome table or children’s book shelves containing activity bags your child. Sit where you’d like and feel free to come and go during the service. We often include a special “time with the children”, and hope your child will join others for their own special message. Adults are welcome, too!

We provide a nursery with loving, quality childcare for babies, toddlers and preschoolers with story-telling, music and activities during worship. Just ask. One of our members will show you the way.

Our Spirit-filled Sunday School program is offered throughout the school year for PreK-8th grade. After the first portion of worship, children are invited to follow their fun-loving volunteer teachers and parent helpers to classrooms. We strive to create space for learners to be open to God’s spirit, valuing their unique abilities, interests, insights and questions.

Interested? Questions? Contact Jennifer Murray, Minister of Youth & Families

Middle & High School Youth Groups
Healthy group dynamics, challenging one’s understanding of faith in relation to personal identity, and opportunities for spiritual growth and reflection in a relaxed, fun, and welcoming environment – that is what our Youth Groups are about. We meet once a week in our comfortable Youth Space. Special activities include overnights, Friendsgiving, fun-filled fundraisers and trips.

Our confirmation program is offered in ninth grade as it is a significant time of transition for most young people. It is the first real opportunity for adult introspection regarding a variety of life decisions. Confirmed and unconfirmed 10th, 11th and 12th grade students are also welcome to attend! Read more here.

For over 20 years, April school vacation week has launched our youth mission trip. South Church sends an enthusiastic group of well-prepared and hardworking high school youth and adults to repair homes of the rural families, migrants, and elderly.

Summer of Service is a Haystack award-winning community service program for middle and high schoolers. Participants engage in hands-on local service projects. Afternoons are filled with fun activities. Fridays are beach days! Registration opens mid-spring. While priority is given to church members, all are welcome!

Interested? Question? Contact Jennifer Murray, Minister of Youth & Familiesn 

Adult Education
Interested in learning more about South Church? Are you considering membership? Join us at a Newcomer’s Gathering. We welcome you no matter where you are on life’s journey.

“Drop ins” and “regulars” are all welcome to stop by Faith Forum, a Sunday morning spiritual study and discussion group, meeting from 8:45-9:45am in the Library. If our coffee doesn’t wake you up, the conversation certainly will!

Jesus was a person of action – and he calls on us to be a people of action in his name. Click here to read more about the Social Justice Coalition.

Theology isn’t only the stuff of dense books and dead theologians – it happens any time we name God at work in the world. Once a month, Theology on Tap gathers at a local establishment to engage in that holy work over a drink – whether alcoholic or not.

All are invited to attend our inter-generational bible study group, whether or not you reside at Edgewood, a retirement community. You are welcome to attend as a regular member or on a “drop-in” basis.

Interested? Questions? Contact Alex Shea Will, Associate Pastor 

Vacation Bible School
South Church is thrilled to offer vacation bible school in the summer! Each day, from 8:45am-12:15pm, we learn about God’s love and experience it in a variety of ways: through drama, games, stories, crafts, food, and other activities.