Children & Youth Ministries – Faith Formation for All Ages




Welcome to the United Congregational Church; a place where children and youth are nurtured, loved and imparted with God’s love.   Children and Youth Ministries upholds the core church beliefs and values through a holistic community of faith approach to Christian Education with a deep commitment to children and their spiritual growth.   Based on the teachings of Jesus, we believe faith is a journey taught best in community and transformational learning occurs while serving and living out the Gospel together as one body, one spirit.


Due to the global pandemic and the ever changing religious landscape, we renewed our vision and goals to better reflect the needs of faith formation today.   Here are a few highlighted goals.


  • To inspire our children/youth to explore their relationship with God, connection to their church, and ways of loving God, self and neighbors- human and non human neighbors.
  • To cultivate intergenerational relationships through the sharing of gifts and passions..
  • To foster an environment where all are welcome.
  • To nourish a sense of place and connections between the natural world, sacred story, and faith; where curiosity, awe and wonder are valued.
  • To encourage children and youth participation in worship, confirmation and the two Sacraments; Baptism and Communion.
  • To celebrate the gift of grace and that there is one body and one Spirit.
  • To provide opportunities for Biblical engagement and Christian Education instruction that honors learning styles, imagination, gifts, diversity, stages, historical context and relevance to today which includes social justice, advocacy, mission work and witnessing and embodying the Gospel.
  • To promote and teach spiritual practices and rituals that lead to a foundation of lifelong learning; teaching and growing in Christian faith.
  • To partner with parents for faith at home support and contemporary discipleship.
  • To conduct on-going discernment and be willing to trust where God is calling us next.


Click on Faith Formation This Season Tab to see how we are living out these goals.


In faith

Patricia Berry, Minister of Faith Formation

And the board of Christian Education





What People are Saying

This church has a warm and friendly staff and membership. It's like a second home for me. — Curt, Age 84
We love this church because of the loving and family atmosphere. The children's program is the best - our children look forward to coming to church. — Lisa
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
Bright! Cheery! Friendly! Great Pastor! Great music! Comforting, helpful and warm! Uplifting illuminating sermons. Our church has it all! — Bob, Age 72
I am grateful for the many opportunities to be of service to others. — Jack, Age 78
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
UCC, Middletown – A wonderful place to make 100 real friends without using Facebook. — Chris, Age 60
I like coloring with my friends during Sunday School. — Violet, Age 7
As part of this congregation, I appreciate our pastor and teacher, Rev. Joe Tripp.... — Mary, Age 59
I found a loving and caring family when I joined the church! — John, Age 54
Sunday Morning Worship Schedule: Worship: 10:00 - 11:00
Sunday School: 10:00 - 11:00
Fellowship Time: 11:00 +