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.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, our Church school this fall will be held outdoors during our 9 AM Outdoor Worship service. We hope your children will enjoy being with their friends to learn about God during this extraordinary time.
We ask that you sign up each week for Church school so we know who will be joining us. We will coordinate teachers and materials based on who has signed up.
Due to safety protocols please contact Christine Hogan if interested as space may be limited. At this time all children are required to wear masks while in the building.
The Chime Choir is an introductory experience to chime for children age pre-K-grade 3. Here children learn basic techniques of rhythm and music reading in a fun and supportive atmosphere as they learn the basics needed to advance to the Youth Bell Choir.
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.
If you are thinking about confirmation and wondering what it is all about in our congregation, here is a brief description: The confirmation program at The Dover Church may not be what you think of when you picture a typical “confirmation class.” Our confirmands are not expected to memorize a bunch of ideas or list off points of theological doctrine. They aren’t told what they can or cannot believe, and they aren’t expected to have everything figured out.
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. We strive to be wide in our welcome, generous in our support and love, serious in our inclusion, and open-minded in our service toward others!
Every Sunday morning we gather to worship God with song, prayer, reflection and community. It sounds like a strange thing to do, but this is what defines us as God’s people in this place.
We know how daunting it can be to come to a new church for the first time. All of us had a first time and we’re glad we dared. We hope you’ll be glad too. Here’s some of what you might like to know before walking up the front stairs.