Children & Youth | The Dover Church
Children & Youth
The Dover Church serves the community of Dover, which is a community primarily of families with school age children and senior citizens. As such, we welcome families with children to our town and to our church and arrange our faith and fellowship around them.
The first 15-20 minutes of worship is designed for kids, with special children’s sermon, youthful music, and opportunities for children to participate in worship leadership. Every Sunday morning we have Sunday School for grades K-7, as well as nursery care for younger ones, to which the children leave worship following their time with the pastor. While modesty is a Christian virtue, our Sunday School ministry is our pride and joy.
In addition to Sunday school, we serve the youth of Dover through our High School and Middle School youth groups. We recognize that youth group is more fun when your friends participate with you. We welcome all youth, grades 6 to 12 to join us.
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.
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.
Youth Choir runs September through May and is open to all children Grades 3 and up, and Grade 2 by special invitation. Music Director, Christine Hogan will rehearse with the Youth Choir Sunday mornings following worship in Kraft Hall until 11:20 AM. When singing in the worship service on a Sunday morning the Youth Choir will rehearse in the Sanctuary at 9:30 AM. New members are welcome and encouraged to join throughout the year so please invite others to join us.
Our Youth Handbell Choir is open to children who sing in Youth Choir and are in Grades 3 and above and runs September through May. Music Director, Christine Hogan rehearses with the Youth Handbell Choir Sunday mornings in Kraft Hall at 11:20 following Youth Choir rehearsal. When ringing in the worship service on a Sunday morning the Youth Choir will rehearse in the Sanctuary at 9:00 AM. New members are welcome and encouraged to join throughout the year so please invite others to join us.
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.
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.
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.
Come join us helping our neighbors!
Next summer, June 23 - 29, 2019, The Dover Church Youth Group will again take it’s ministry of service to Western Maine. Building upon our 2018 Mission to the Eastward service trip to Farmington, ME, and our past experience with Appalachian Service Project in West Virginia, we will bring our home repair skills back to MATE…”reaching the last house on the last road” (www.missionattheeastward.org).
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.
Families with Children are at the center of our community of faith. Whether sharing in a Children’s Message in worship or learning about God and Jesus in Sunday School, there is so much for families with children at The Dover Church
Daring to name the pain weighing down or the song exulting your heart can make all the difference. To pray your prayers for you is an answer to our prayers. "God bless you and keep you. God make his face to shine upon you and give you peace." Amen.