Children & Youth


Welcome to the United Congregational Church Learning Center webpage and another special year in the education of your children!   We have prepared another event-filled year for your children, so stay in touch with this website – put it in your “favorites” – and stay informed of all the goings-on.

The information you’ll find on this page has been updated to accommodate the new school year – September 2012 through May 2013.   I would recommend that you start by entering the Plan and Program link to see exactly what lessons and programs will be offered to your children this year, and then venture further, depending on your children’s needs. Your most used link will most likely be the weekly page which will tell you exactly what’s happening in the current week: the liturgical color for the acolytes, whether or not there is Children’s Time in the Sanctuary, who is teaching your child’s class that week, what the lesson is, and so on. It will save a lot of confusion on Sunday mornings!

This year we will begin a whole new year of Jr./Sr. High programs, and fundraisers as well.  The Sr. High students have the option of attending the Jr./Sr. High class, or attending worship.  Those in the 8th grade will be attending regular classes on Sunday mornings and will be embarking on their two-year confirmation program.  If all goes well, these kids will be confirmed in the fall of will be confirmed in the fall of 2012, but in the meantime we have plenty of classroom, worship, fundraising, and social experiences for them.  Keep your eye on the Calendar of Coming Events and the Good News as the year progresses.  The Younger Youth Class (6th and 7th grades) will enter into pre-confirmation preparation.

We happily welcome back our Nursery Supervisor, Archana Sharma, this year to oversee the Nursery and Toddler care along with her assistant Becky Peckham.  Every Sunday, under Archana’s supervision, the nursery team (Becky, and a weekly volunteer) makes sure the nursery is caringly monitored, ultra-safe, and super clean.  You can leave your infant or toddler in this loving environment with confidence and worship in peace.

Four- and five-year-olds are welcomed once again this year to the “Little Fishies” room.  A devoted team of teachers – under the auspices of the Fishies teacher, Rachel Perras — and teaching assistants (volunteers) will be engaging the children in a simplified version of the “Seasons” curriculum.  The fishies will follow the weekly lectionary, just like the elementary grades, but in a more pared down version conducive to a 4- or 5-year old’s thinking.  All of the stories will be presented with activities such as music and song, role playing, games and physical activities, crafts, and a variety of different hands-on symbols of renewal and hope in their little world.

In order to keep your child safe and secure in our classrooms, we maintain safety measures in our Learning Center.  We have fire emergency procedures posted in every classroom, and we embrace “Safe Place” procedures at all times throughout the year.  Every classroom is staffed with two volunteers and we have an “open-door” policy every Sunday morning.

I hope you’ll find this website helpful in your children’s spiritual lives and guidance.  Please refer to it often, but know that you can also talk with me whenever you need to.  Please don’t hesitate to call me in the Learning Center Office (846 3515) or just stop by.  I always welcome the time and the conversation with you.

In faith,

Megan Weymouth

What People are Saying

As part of this congregation, I appreciate our pastor and teacher, Rev. Joe Tripp.... — Mary, Age 59
The people, the pastor, and the music all fulfill my spiritual needs and provide a sense of peace. — Florence, Age 85
I appreciate the strong sense of community that is always inclusive and welcoming. — Elaine, Age 57
We have had 17 moves. Every time we came back to Newport we were welcomed as though we had never been away. — Debby, Age 79
This church has a warm and friendly staff and membership. It's like a second home for me. — Curt, Age 84
I like how everybody at church knows everyone and everybody is friendly even to those they don't know, no matter what. — Mackenzie, Age 15
I have been a part of this church as a child and now as an adult. It's has always been a fun, welcoming, and very special place at each stage of my life. — Laura, Age 34
Bright! Cheery! Friendly! Great Pastor! Great music! Comforting, helpful and warm! Uplifting illuminating sermons. Our church has it all! — Bob, Age 72
This place is a very warm, friendly family of believers, sharing the struggles of life, supporting each other along the way. — Melissa, Age 51
I most appreciate the closeness of everyone in our church. It's like one big family. — Rebecca, Age 18
Sunday Morning Worship Schedule: Worship: 10:00 - 11:00
Sunday School: 10:00 - 11:00
Fellowship Time: 11:00 +

Highlighted Events

• Worship Service - Sundays at 10 AM

• Prayer Circle - Tuesdays @ 4 PM

• United Knitters - Thursdays @ 10 AM

• Community Meal @ United Baptist - 9/25 at 5 PM

• Flu Clinic in Farnum Hall 10/14 at 11:15 PM

• Pie Buffet Fellowship Hour 10/28 @ 10 AM