Ministry of Christian Education

Ministry of Christian Education Mission Statement


The Ministry of Christian Education at Colchester Federated Church celebrates all people as children of God embarking on their own faith journeys. We strive to offer safe and comfortable Christian experiences for everyone at all stages of development to experience God by connecting real faith to real life through the messages of the Bible. 

We work to provide resources and support that help all members of our congregation to grow in their faith. 

Guiding us in our mission are our core values:


Embracing diversities of faith and life;

Worshiping  and learning together;

Growing  in our relationship with God;

Growing  in our relationship with each other;

Making a connection between church and home;

And relying upon our faith in dealing with the challenges of everyday life.


The Ministry of Education consists of six members plus a Chair and Vice-chair, including UCC, ABC, and whenever possible, Federated members. It has general oversight of the entire field of Christian Education and shall advise and coordinate the various groups under it. Responsibilities of the ministry include Adult Christian Education, Christian Education for children and youth, Discipleship Classes, and Youth Ministry. The ministry also consults with other ministries on their educational programs.  Our Director of Christian Education is Nicole Hosford--feel free to reach out to Nicole with any questions you may have!

For more information, here are some of our Christian Education documents: CFC Safe Church Policy and Sunday School Registration Form

Sunday School 2017-2018

Here's our Sunday School Schedule from September--December 2017.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact our Christian Education Director, Nicole Hosford!




September 10

Rally Day

Large group


Safe church training for teachers/youth group leaders

September 17

Ex 14:19-31

God Parts the Red Sea



September 24

Ex 16:2-15

Mana and Quail



October 1

Ex 20:1-4

Class for 3rd grade and below

Fruit-coconut (water from rock)



October 8

Ex 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

10 commandants



October 15

Ex 32:1-14

Golden Calf



October 22

Ex 300:12-23

Make items for Holly Fair


October 29

Matthew 22:34-46

Make items for Holly Fair



November 5

Class for 3rd grade and below

Jesus teaches Nicodemus


November 12

Josh 24:1-3, 14-25

Joshua’s Farewell


Bible Presentation


November 19

Judges 4:1-7




November 26

Psalm 100

Giving Grateful Praise


Thanksgiving weekend

December 3

1st Sunday of Advent

Large group Activity


Pageant practice

December 10

2nd Sunday of Advent


Pageant Practice

December 17

3rd Sunday of Advent


Pageant Practice

December 24

4th Sunday of Advent


No Sunday School

Christmas Eve (service at 9am)


December 31

No Sunday School

New Year’s Eve


*Communion Sunday – children in in 4th grade and above stay in sanctuary for service. 3rd and below have Sunday School.

Lessons may change

Youth Groups 2017-2018

We have two youth groups here at CFC.  Adventure Club is for children in grades 3-5 and Teen Time is for youth in grades 6-12.  We are fortunate to have parent volunteers who run our youth groups.  Here's the outline for events for this year (some dates are forthcoming!) 


  • Lunch and Dodgeball (Teen Time)-- after church on Sunday the 17th
  • Board Games and Lunch (Adventure Club)-- after church on Sunday the 24th

Sunday October 1

Help prepare and serve the meal for St. Vincent De Paul in Middletown (Both Groups) beginning at 2 PM at church

Sunday October 22

Crafts and Cards after church (Adventure Club) 


November 3rd-4th

Sleepover at church from 7 PM--morning (Teen Time)



Caroling at Harrington Court (Both Groups)



Progressive Dinner (Teen Time)-- Saturday night

Lunch and movie (Adventure Club)-- after church on a Sunday



Dinner and movie (Teen Time)-- Friday night

Crafts and lunch (Adventure Club)-- after church on a Sunday



Talent show (Both Groups)-- Saturday night



Church spring clean up (Both Groups)-- Saturday morning



Final youth group party/cookout (Both Groups)

Discipleship Class 2017-2018

We offer a Discipleship Class that helps our high school students explore their Christian faith as they journey to become adult members of our congregation.  We meet twice a month on Monday evenings and have special events throughout the year including service opportunities and retreats.  The class is led by our Pastor and Christian Education Director, and we're fortunate to have mentors from within our congregation who work with our students as well.

Here's our Rubric and Class Schedule for 2017-2018 if you'd like to learn more!