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Children & Youth | The Dover Church

Child working on Lenten jar at our outdoors Sunday School.
Outdoor Sunday school.
Baking Bread for World Communion Sunday
Children's message on making handicap ramps
Getting ready to leave
Planting herbs in Church school

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.

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Sunday School This Spring 2021

11:30 AM in the Taylor Garden

Sunday School will meet at 11:30 on Sundays through the end of the school year, excepting holiday weekends. We'll be gathering out in the church's Taylor Garden, we'll wear masks, and we'll settle kids at tables individually or with their own family pods to ensure proper distancing. Each week we'll dive into a new lesson and related craft together. Kids of all ages are most welcome! If inclement weather or covid conditions should shift us to zoom, we will be sure to let families know by Saturday.

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!  

Children playing at The Dover Church

The Dover Church is not just for grown-ups. From nursery school through high school, we have opportunities for young people to learn and grow, do good and share God’s love.

Rev. Dr. Max Olmstead preaching

At the center of worship in our Christian tradition is the sermon, a time to reflect on where God’s Word intersects, informs, enriches and directs our lives. In the sermon our in-house theologian, our pastor, seeks to help people see themselves and their lives in the light of God’s love and command to love others.