The Honeoye United Church of Christ provides several education opportunities.
Summer Kids’ Activities
During the summer months when Sunday school is not offered, there will be children’s activities offered to children. Rather than staying in the sanctuary, after the Young Christians’ talk, the children are released downstairs to adult volunteers who work with them on crafts, watch short movies or participate in other activities. Please note: There will be NO children’s activities on Sunday’s where VBS is offered (July 16, 30 and August 13 &27).
VBS will be held on the following Sundays:
July 16th, July 30th, August 13th, and August 27th.
If you would like to sign your child(ren) up for this exciting program, please stop by the office to register, or see Kathy Kimber at church on Sunday mornings.
Thank you in helping us prepare for a great summer!
Upcoming Opportunities for Adult Christian Education
As we get ready to welcome our new pastor, the Reverend Kenneth McIntosh, we look forward to collaborating on a variety of Adult Christian Education opportunities. In order to plan for these activities, we would like to ask, “What works for you?” Pastor Ken will continue to lead a weekday Bible study class in addition to exploring learning experiences in Celtic and contemplative spirituality, Forest Church, and adult education classes that are linked to the Ecclesiastical calendar.
If you would like to contribute your thoughts on a time when these classes would best fit your availability, you can help by emailing the office (email@example.com) with the answer to the following questions:
1: Please rank the following times in order of preference-1 being first choice, 3 being last.
____Sunday after church
____Weekday evening-specify day if important
____Weekday morning-specify day if important
2: What times do you think would work best for your friends or other community members who don’t regularly attend our church, but might be interested in these opportunities?
In the mean-time, you might like to add Water From an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life by Kenneth McIntosh to your reading list.
Bible Study *Currently on Summer Hiatus*
Tuesday Mornings, 10:00am to 11:30 am.
The Bible study group continues to meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am in the Sunday school room. The study usually centers on Lectionary Scripture with a free flowing discussion. This is a great way to draw closer to the Word while enjoying the fellowship of a small study group, and all are welcome to join-either weekly, or as you can.
PLEASE NOTE: If School is cancelled because of snow, or bad weather, there will be NO Bible Study
Sunday Mornings, after the young Christians’ talk.
Our Sunday school program is run by our Sunday school director, Beth Stowe. Using a variety of teaching methods, Mrs. Stowe appeals to the senses of the children in our congregation as she teaches lessons from the Bible and how they apply to a consistent theme throughout the school year. For the 2016-2017 school year, the theme has been that God’s love never changes-even throughout the ages.
The Sunday school program runs from September to mid-May, finishing with a Youth Sunday presentation during a Sunday worship service.
During the summer months, activities are provided for children entering kindergarten to 5th grade by members of the Board of Christian Education. Younger children are welcome to go to the nursery and older children are invited to remain in Church to experience God’s grace with the adults.
Tuesday nights are youth group nights! *Currently on Summer Hiatus*
On Tuesday nights at 6:30pm, kids and teens in grades 5 and up are welcome to attend youth group-being a church member is not necessary; all are welcome! There will be fun activities, a healthy snack, some discussion time and a team building activity. Parents are asked to pick up their children at 7:30pm from the church. If you are interested or have any other questions for the Honeoye UCC youth group, please email HUCCyouthgroup@gmail.com.
Youth group behavior expectations
As a youth group we have goals and objectives that we look to satisfy in order to have a meaningful ministry. As individuals we all play a part in the usefulness of our group. Are our actions, words and behaviors benefiting to ourselves and our youth group? Below, we have outlined our behavioral expectations while we are participating in youth group. Please note that if a teen is participating and violates these guidelines, a parent/guardian will be asked to immediately pick up the teen.
- Honeoye UCC youth group is a safe place
This means that teens would ideally be able to attend church, youth group meetings, trips, and fun activities expecting that they will not be hurt physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Therefore we encourage teamwork, smiles, compliments, and respect for each other. There are a few things that are not tolerated: disrespect for each other and/or the building, violence, inappropriate words or actions, etc. Teens who act this way while with our group will be asked to sit out while a parent or guardian is called to pick them up. The goal of this statement is to provide a place where teens know that they are loved, accepted and protected. Our hope is that when teens feel this safety, they will know that we as a community have an authentic love and respect for each other that extends to the members of our youth group.
- Everyone is welcome
HUCC youth group is not a “sterile Christian bubble.” It is a place where any teen regardless of faith or religion can come and explore the possibility of having a relationship with God and our faith community. We also recognize that the teenage years are full of trials and tribulations, significant change and difficult decision making. It is our intention to offer faith-based solutions to the challenges that will present themselves to the teens in our midst. We will not condemn nor will we condone situations or circumstances outside of youth group; however, we ask for mutual respect for leaders and peers, and that participating teens work to contribute positively to our goals as a group.
- Our group represents us as individuals and a community.
The way our group acts reflects our values and attitudes. Several ways that demonstrate these things are our behavior, speech and attitudes toward each other and others in our community. While at and away from the church, we will act with integrity and self control, and do our best to stay focused on the task at hand. We will have fun and ask questions, but not at the expense of others. We understand that as the representatives for our faith community, it is important to be respectful and courteous to those around us, wherever we may be.
- Screen-free zone
While at youth group, we ask that teens leave their electronic devices at home. In the event that a phone call is needed, one is always available for use.
- Outings and activities outside of church
During outings and special events, adult chaperones will be provided. Teens are expected to treat these mentors with respect and kindness; to listen and follow directions and to stay close to them and the group. This is a matter of safety and security, and it is imperative for teen involvement in special activities that these expectations be met. When carpooling, seat belts must be worn in all vehicles at all times. Before all events, general guidelines will be explained to the group.
*Anyone who breaks these guidelines (especially rules # 1-3 listed above) will be dismissed from an activity and sent home at the expense of their parents/guardians.