We know how precious your child is—to you, to God, and to our church!
And we want them, and you, to know it!
At the 10:30 a.m. service, the children usually worship with their parents in the Meeting House for the first 10-15 minutes. They then come forward for a moment where Rev. Tanya introduces the theme of our service and/or their lessons. The congregation then blesses them, and they depart for continued worship and learning by age/grade.
While learning the important bible stories, emphasis is on fun and caring for others. There are opportunities throughout the year to participate in children/youth led church services and skits, music and dance, crafts, serving the congregation, and service projects to benefit others.
PRESCHOOL – GRADE 2
The Worship Center curriculum, a derivative of the Montessori method, invites children to wonder, probe and discover God at their own pace. Trained volunteer teachers present the Bible story with three-dimensional wooden figures. Children use the same figures to retell the stories in their own way. Music, dance, arts and crafts reinforce the Bible story and allow young children to experience the rhythm and joy of worship in their own worship center while acquiring tools that will help them find meaning in their lives as they grow.
Upper elementary school children explore their Christian faith in Bible-based discussions and hands-on activities. In third grade, children are presented bibles which are used throughout their Sunday School years. The Chronicle curriculum presents Bible lessons in dynamic and relevant ways. Children learn the Gospel by doing the Gospel, reaching out to help to help neighbors in need. Many opportunities to participate in service projects are included in their curriculum.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICE-TO-OTHERS
- Feather Food Sunday donations (food donations for Thanksgiving food boxes)
- Making pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving food boxes
- Packing food Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter food boxes donated to local families in need.
- 5th/6th Grade Lenten Service Projects
- Collecting donations for community shelters and food pantries
- Donating children annual offerings to charities such as Heifer International, the local Animal Rescue League, and the New Hampshire Cancer Action Center.
- Preparing Ash Street Shelter dinners
- Roadside cleanup
- Filling out holiday cards for deployed soldiers and sailors.
- Making CWS school kits to go to children in impoverished communities and refugee camps the basic tools for learning
- Summer Mission Trip Work Camp [make this link to Mission Trip Work Camp] page
Children in 3rd through 6th grades have the opportunity to serve as acolytes during the 10:30 a.m. service. This role is strictly voluntary.
An acolyte is “someone who assists a member of the clergy in a [religious] service by performing minor duties.” (Merriam-Webster dictionary). At the Congregational Church of Hollis, at the beginning of the service one acolyte provides assistance by lighting the alter candles while a second acolyte assists by carrying in the Bible to be placed on the communion table. The two acolytes assist again at the end of the service by extinguishing the alter candles and removing the bible from the communion table. Acolytes are provided training as well as robes (smaller versions of our choir robes) to wear over their regular clothing, allowing them to truly feel the specialness of participating in the service.