Children and Youth

Families of all sizes, shapes and hues are welcome and cherished at the United Church of Santa Fe. We are a people of diverse backgrounds, living in families of various configurations, who hold in common a desire to see our children flourish as they discover a friend in God.

Whether your child is shy or squirmy, teddy-bear-clutching or bold, a boy who loves to sing or a girl who slays dragons, she or he will fit in fine! It is our joy to enfold all children and youth within the circle of community in Christ’s church.

We strive to honor the intelligence and imagination of children and youth in our care. Through biblical storytelling and open-ended questioning which invites children to wonder and make meaning for themselves, we seek to nurture a faith in children and youth that can stretch and grow with them as they mature. In providing age-appropriate outreach and service-learning opportunities, we endeavor to instill values of kindness and compassion, which will serve them for life and equip them to serve others.

For information about our Children’s Ministry programs, please contact Bruce Turnquist at turnquistbd@gmail.com.

To learn about our Youth Ministries, please contact Emily Syal at unitedchurch.emily@gmail.com.

All of our ministries are free and open to first-time visitors.

To register your child(ren) in our Children’s and Youth Ministry, please click on the following link, download the form, fill it out, and then return it to United.

2019-2020 CYM Registration Form

By mail:
United Church of Santa Fe
1804 Arroyo Chamiso Rd.
Santa Fe, NM  87505-5733

By email:
unitedchurchsf@gmail.com

SUNDAY MORNINGS AT UNITED

  • 8:30 AM – Communion Service: Children through 2nd grade have Children’s Ministry with Carrie McCabe and join the adults for Communion. Older children are invited to share in the full service.
  • 9:45 AM – Youth Initiates: The “Journey to Adulthood,” a two-year rite of passage for young teens, is the center of United’s Youth Ministry. Led by Emily Syal, volunteers, and adult mentors, the Initiates meet Sundays at 9:45, help lead 11:00 Worship and have monthly Saturdays of Service, retreats, overnights, and a service-learning immersion trip.
  • 9:45 AM – Dynamite Disciples: Dynamite Disciples join with Joyful Noise Children’s Choir for fun activities projects, and music during United’s Faith Formation Hour (9:45-10:45). Check it out! (Katie Bickley & Eddie Napoli-Quisling).
  • 11:00 AM – Wild Wonder: 1st-7th graders start with the adults and older youth in the Sanctuary for worship, singing and sharing God’s gifts. Then they go to Wild Wonder for stories, songs, and special projects that help them engage the stories. After Wild Wonder, they split into smaller groups. 1st-3rd graders go with Katie Bickley and 4th-5th graders go with Edith Solis Gutierrez, with Master Teacher Bruce Turnquist assisting both groups. Young Adventurers (6th-7th) go with Rebecca Crutchfield and Eddie Napoli-Quisling. Please check the monthly newsletter for more information about the story focus.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

To kick off United’s Week at the Interfaith Shelter…
Youth Movie and Cookie Night
Friday, February 7, 5:30-9:00PM

United Youth! You’re invited to a Movie and Cookie Night! Come and make Valentine’s cards for members of United who are not able to come to the church as often, watch an awesome movie (TBD still – let Emily know your suggestions!), and decorate cookies to share at the Interfaith Shelter. Bring a friend or two and $5. Dinner will be provided.

Serving and Learning Together (SALT) Trip to U.S./Mexico Border
Sunday, Mar. 15 to Friday, Mar. 20

All youth (ages 13 +) invited to join in United’s SALT Immersion to U.S./Mexico Border. We stay in Tucson, AZ and partner with Good Shepherd UCC and other organizations dealing with issues surrounding immigration. Payment deadline is February 9th.

Sunday, February 9
Dynamite Disciples Decorate Cookies!

We will have plenty of cookies left to decorate for the Interfaith Shelter!

Youth (ages 14+) Help at Interfaith Shelter
Friday, February 14, 5:30-9:00PM

Sign up to help serve by February 2nd. You will be helping unload belongings, serving meals, and any other tasks the Shelter may need.

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00PM

Youth are invited to participate in this worship service. If you’re interested in serving as a reader or helping out with the worship, please let Emily (unitedchurch.emily@gmail.com) or Pastor Talitha (unitedchurch.talitha@gmail.com) know.

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