Our Philosophy

The mission of good Christian educational program is to minister to the religious life of the child, youth, and adult. At Peace Dale Congregational Church we believe that education, both religious and secular, is vital to our faith. While biblical and theological grounding is essential, we aim to incorporate life events, social issues and experiences into all educational programs. At Peace Dale Congregational Church God’s ministry and mighty acts are celebrated in story, worship and play. All adults and children are invited to attend our educational programs. The Board of Christian Education develops and selects programs and curricula for our church with an aim to integrate the world of faith and our secular society. Our programs attempt to reflect Peace Dale Congregational Church’s commitment to inclusively making sure all of God’s children are welcome here. We hope to teach and share as active and passionate faith with all who pass through our door.  In addition to the Sunday morning programming during the school year, the Middle School Youth Group meets the third Friday of each month at 5:30 (in the fellowship hall), and the Senior Youth Group meets on an ad-hoc basis, typically after the second service on Sundays (12:15 in the community room).  All are welcome — members, guests, and seekers.

Toddlers

Toddler care is available for children 18 months to 4 years. This is a play-based program staffed by a paid Director and volunteers. The Director is CPR certified, and has experience and knowledge of child development in toddler age children. Infants are invited to stay with parents in the worship service. If necessary, parent and child can find a quiet space in the Children’s Library/Junior Choir Room.

Pre School – 8th Grade

We will again be using the Bible Quest curriculum for grades K through 8. Bible Quest is a curriculum published by Congregational Ministries. It is based on four major themes within the Bible:

  • incarnation
  • covenant/relationship
  • liberation/justice
  • salvation

Bible Quest‘s objectives is to help all Christians connect with the Bible in such a way that it relates to their lives and life experiences. It illustrates to participants how to live in the world as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Middle School Youth Group

The middle school youth group meets the third Friday of each month at 5:30 (in the fellowship hall).  More information coming soon…

Senior High Youth Group

The senior high youth are a vital part of our church community. They are involved in service and fundraising activities including mission trips, The Battle of the Bands, The Annual Chili Cook-Off, Sleep Out for Homelessness Awareness, Ox farm Hunger Banquet and other activities throughout the year. The Senior High Youth Group is a dedicated and active group of individuals who serve as excellent representatives of our church.

Safe Place Policy

We are firmly committed to give children and youth the chance to spiritually learn and grow in the safest and most secure environment we can provide. We want to ensure that children and youth can come to Christ at PDCC and be safe, honored, loved, and respected. As well we want parents to have full confidence in the adults that care for their children. Therefore, with God as our guide, the church commits to an organized and through process of volunteer/staff recruitment through the use of the following guidelines:

  1. Whenever possible, there shall be at least 2 leaders at all youth and children events, including Sunday school retreats and special events.
  2. It is strongly recommended that volunteers have a minimum of six months active participation in the church community.
  3. Teachers and youth advisors are asked to fill out a screening form.
  4. All participants in youth trips are required to abide by a covenant of behavior, which is drafted before each event.

Refer to the Youth & Children menu item for more information

Christian Education Registration

Click on the link below to fill out the form for our Christian education program registration.
CE Registration Form