|What is Offered for Children?
|Encouraging Children in Faith
From the time you’re in the nursery until the time you’re a young adult, there’s a spot for you
to learn, to participate, to grow, and to give of yourself.
Nursery -Each Sunday during the worship service our little ones (6 weeks through age 2)
meet downstairs for age-appropriate Christian activities. Every Sunday, Sunday School
teachers are there to nurture your child during the worship service. If you prefer to have your
infant/child stay with you in worship, we encourage that too. If your child should become
“fussy” we have a comfort room in the chapel, which is located at the back of the sanctuary
where you can still hear and participate in the worship service.
Sunday School -The children and youth of the church, age 2 through high school, can
participate in Sunday School.
10:15 a.m. Sunday School Classes
Sunday School classes are a great foundation for Christian Education.
Mission projects -Our children and youth participate in mission projects for people in other
countries, here in the U.S. and in Manchester. Some examples are the Souper-Bowl Sunday,
MACC Food Drive, and Thanksgiving Baskets.
Camp Wightman -We are very fortunate to have an American Baptist Camp only 1 hour
away. Camp Wightman is located on 220 acres at beautiful Billings Lake in Griswold, CT.
Everyone is encouraged to attend the great summer programs that this camp offers. There
are various programs for children through adults, including a Family Camp and a
Grandparents with Grandchildren Camp. There are also opportunities for youth to become
counselors in training, junior counselors and eventually a counselor for the camp.
Scholarship funds are available for those in need. Please see or call Becky for more
Book Cart-Through the redemption of bottles and cans that people bring in we have a
flourishing Children, Youth and Adult library which is in our Media Room. Everyone is
encouraged to check out a book, movie or a CD to enhance their Christian Education.
And much more... CBC people who like to sing visit a local convalescent home several
times each year to share some favorite carols and songs, some participate in Camp
Wightman workdays, and participate in local fund raisers.
On an annual Children’s Sunday in June, our kids lead the worship service. There is also a
Children’s Christmas Program. Throughout the year, youth are encouraged to be lay
readers, ushers, helpers/leaders for Sunday School classes and special events.
During the summer months, we continue to provide nursery care during worship as well as
two Sunday School classes: one for 2 & 3 year olds, the other is a combined class for 4 year
olds to grade 5. Our belief is that unlike the secular world, our Christian Education offerings
do not take a vacation in the summer, but continue year round. Youth in grade 6 and older
are encouraged to remain in the worship service, a healthy Christian practice that we
encourage early on, and to help out with the summer Sunday school classes on a rotating