It has been said that ‘children are the future of the Church.’ CCC disagrees because we see children as the ‘present of the Church’ and that is why we include children’s presence in all aspects of Church life. From the time of Baptism through adulthood, the spiritual life of our children is nurtured through learning and being part of a loving community. Children are included in Worship, fellowship and leadership.
Sometimes, it is our children who lead us. Our youth have collected hats and mittens for homeless children in Plymouth each Advent. One of our middle-schoolers, who is a student leader in his school, authored a drive to collect warm, new socks for homeless Plymouth families. Another began an after-school Bible study group at his school. And our Sunday School students have chosen to donate their offerings to buy a farm animal for a family through Heifer International.
Our youth also lead through the Worship Assistant’s program, and as teaching assistants for Sunday school and vacation Bible school. All of our children lead in Worship at least two times a year in the Christmas Pageant and Children’s Sunday Services.