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Families with Children | The Dover Church

Children in service
Two young girls are escorted by their mother to church
Families and Children enjoy Dover Church
Worship bags for church during service

Families with Children

Welcome Families with Young Worshipers!

Christian education staff and volunteers are available on Sunday mornings to assist new children and their families. We encourage new families with small children to arrive early and take a brief tour of our Sunday School with their child and meet our Teddy Bear Nursery caretakers from Mother's Helpers.

Our Sunday School and Teddy Bear Nursery is for ALL children (even visitors!). On Sunday morning at 10am children start out in the sanctuary with their families and then leave for Sunday school after the "Children's message" given by our pastor. 

Here are some specific things we hope will make you and your children feel welcome in our church.

  • Worship Bags - Full of calming activities and fun for our youngest worshipers. You can find them in the straw baskets in the narthex (church entrance area)
  • The Deacons Bench - Comfortable seating in the narthex with a little more wiggle room. Speakers in the narthex allow you to enjoy the service
  • Kraft Hall - Even more wiggle room across the courtyard.
  • The Teddy Bear Nursery - Fun play space for children through the age of three. Staffed with professional caregivers. Beepers for every parent. Downstairs in lower Kraft Hall. It is open from 9:30am-11:30am.
  • Sunday School - Creative multi-media curricula for children in PreK through 7th grade. Children leave the sanctuary for Sunday School after the Children's Message. Most classrooms are downstairs in Kraft Hall and are labeled by grade. Children who wish to stay in the sanctuary for the full service are more than welcome to do so.
  • Coffee Hour - Multi-generational gathering in Kraft Hall for coffee, treats and friendship after worship service.
  • Ushers and Deacons - Available to assist you in any way!

 

Coffee hour play area for young children!

After Sunday school our mother's helpers chaperone children 0-Kindergarten outside on the playground area adjacent to the Sunday school classrooms until 11:30am. The children will be guided upstairs to join their parents.

This playground provides our children with a great place to run around freely and safely while also allowing parents and adults to enjoy some well deserved peaceful conversation and fellowship upstairs during coffee hour. We hope you all take advantage of this and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

All children (young and old) are welcome outside!

Related Ministries

We have a number of church-wide social events that we hope you will join us for, including Fat Sunday, Spring and Fall Socials, Celebration and Welcome Back Sundays, World Communion Sunday, and an Advent Workshop.

We rejoice with you as you consider being baptized and seeking baptism for your child. We love baptisms at the Dover Church. Baptism is one of the two sacraments we celebrate at The Dover Church as a member of the United Church of Christ (the other being Communion). A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of God’s grace, meaning that we can all see the water and the people and we believe that God is blessing and welcoming the person.

All children MUST be registered even if they only come a few times a year. Click the button below to register. It's online and takes only a few minutes.

Sunday school is for ALL children (even visitors) from Pre-K (4yrs)-7th grade! On Sunday morning at 10 am children start in the sanctuary with their families and then leave for Sunday school after the "Children's message" given by our pastors.

Young Children and Worship is a program curriculum that presents a joyful way for children to worship God. Young Children and Worship move children through the entire Bible, inviting children and adults to experience the wonder and mystery of God through a unique storytelling format and multi-sensory materials.

Holy Moly lessons are a combination of animated videos, creative activities, and age-appropriate Bibles. Holy Moly brings the Bible to life. Every Holy Moly lesson follows a four-part sequence: Discover, Relate, Connect, and Create. Each week, kids watch an animated Bible story video, talk about the story, read their Bible Storybook or Bible, and try a creative activity.

Teaching Children Bible Basics helps young followers of the Christian faith gain a working knowledge of the structure of the Bible, the organization of the books in the Bible, and the significance of the Bible to Christians. The lessons are designed to stimulate creativity and critical thinking in children and teach how the bible came to be, how to use the bible, the significance of the Torah, and the important stories of the Old and New Testaments.

Our Cherub Choir (for Pre-K through Grade 2) sings each week at the start of their Sunday school lesson, learning simple, fun songs together.  The Cherub Choir sings during worship several times throughout the year.  

If you would like to learn more about our Cherub Choir, please contact Sarah Hefter, our Christian Education Director.

The confirmation program at The Dover Church is not your normal “confirmation class.” Your daughters and sons will not be expected to memorize a bunch of ideas or regurgitate points of theological doctrine, but rather will be given an opportunity for reflection, transformation, and connection.

We recognize the great gifts, as well as needs, that the youth of Dover (and surrounding towns) bring into our midst and we welcome them—regardless of whether their families are active in our church. Our Middle School youth group provides safe space, trust, community, challenge, and guidance for young people as they share, play, reflect, serve and grow.

We recognize the great gifts, as well as needs, that the youth of Dover (and surrounding towns) bring into our midst and we welcome them—regardless of whether their families are active in our church. Our High School youth group provides safe space, trust, community, challenge, and guidance for young people as they share, play, reflect, serve and grow.

Come join us helping our neighbors!

This summer June 24 - 30, 2018, The Dover Church Youth Group will take it’s ministry of service to Western Maine. Building upon our past experience with Appalachian Service Project in West Virginia (pun intended), we will bring our home repair skills to Mission to the Eastward…”reaching the last house on the last road” (www.missionattheeastward.org).

Rev. Dr. Max Olmstead preaching

At the center of worship in our Christian tradition is the sermon, a time to reflect on where God’s Word intersects, informs, enriches and directs our lives. In the sermon our in-house theologian, our pastor, seeks to help people see themselves and their lives in the light of God’s love and command to love others.

Children playing at The Dover Church

The Dover Church is not just for grown-ups. From nursery school through high school, we have opportunities for young people to learn and grow, do good and share God’s love.