Hands on Faith - - Youth Ministry

Hands on Faith

"Great Things are Happening"




September 10:  Re-covenant Sunday/ “Hands on Faith” Kick-off

September 24:  Communion --Baking bread for World Communion (10/1)

October 8:  Pay It Forward:  What does it mean to be generous?

October 22:  Bible Sunday/Learning about stories from the Bible

November 12:  Confirmation (Grades 4 + up stay in worship)

                             K-3  “Hands on Faith”/Preparing for Cheer Basket Sunday

November 19:  Cheer Basket Sunday

December 10:  Advent Breakfast (Before Hands on Faith)

                            Christmas Story Rehearsal (Pageant)

                            Caroling after Hands on Faith/Worship

December 17:  Christmas Story during 10am worship

January 14:  Silver Lake Sunday:  Learn about the fun, games and music of Silver Lake Camp

January 28:  Homelessness/Make fleece blankets for Cathedral in the Night

February 11:  The Book of Ruth:  Learning about friendship and commitment

February 25:  Kindness and friendship

March 11:  Heifer

March 25:  Palm Sunday Stations

April 8: Jesus washing the Feet of the Disciples:  What does it mean to be a servant?

April 22:  God’s Creation:  Earth Day and Gardening

May 13:  What is the Trinity?

May 27:  Exploring God’s world:  A hike in the neighborhood


Our 8th Grade Confirmation Program is called Way of Life.  

Way of Life Confirmation Program 2017-2018

In 2015 First Church shifted from a 9th into 10th grade Confirmation program to one that begins in 8th grade during the Church School hour (Sept –June) and then continues into 9th grade (meeting weekly in the afternoon or evening) from September to early November.

Since 2010, our Confirmation program has been taught in two distinct sections: Way of Life (Sept- first week in June) followed by Nuts & Bolts (Sept-first week in Nov). 

Way of Life offers youth an opportunity to explore issues of faith in a small group setting. Session topics include: Life, Bodies, Stuff, Choices, Friends, Welcome, Forgiveness, Justice, Grieving, Music, Prayer and Practice.  along with the "nuts and bolts" of our faith, learning about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the sacraments and the church. We use music, film clips, games, crafts, and scripture and spiritual practices explore issues important to teenagers.

There will be an orientation session for those 8th graders interested in participating in the Way of Life confirmation class on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 during worship in the Chapel.  Parents are welcome.

The Way of Life class will usually meet with Mary McKenna and Paula Light on two Sunday mornings a month and opportunities to attend worship.  In addition there will be field trips to other houses of worship, serving at Cathedral in the Night (Oct 15) and other opportunities to enrich and grow faith. 

In the September 2018 they begin the “Nuts & Bolts” portion of the Confirmation program with Pastors Bridget and celebrate the Rite of Confirmation in November 2018.

Those choosing to begin Way of Life Confirmation this fall should attend worship on October 23, Bible Sunday to receive their new Bible


Nuts & Bolts 9th Grade Confirmation Program 2017

Nuts and Bolts is the second phase of our Confirmation program.  Confirmands meet every week from September 17th- November 5th, at 3:00pm.

There will be an Orientation on Sunday, September 17th at 2:00pm.

Confirmands will cover the foundational aspects of the Christian faith. Students have a one-to-one session with the pastor to help them discover the theme for their Faith Statement.  

Faith Statements are presented to the Deacons and family and friends on November 5th.  

The Rite of Confirmation will be November 12th, 2017


* Nuts & Bolts Confirmation Class 2017 *

Chapel, 3:00-4:30pm






Sunday, Sept. 17th


Orientation for Parents and Students


Sunday, Sept. 17th




Sunday, Sept. 24th





Sunday, Oct. 1st




The Sacraments


 Q&A with the Deacons

Sunday Oct. 15th


The Bible 

Choose a verse from the Bible for Confirmation.  Use the Scripture Verses handout to help you.

-Bring your Bibles!


Sunday, Oct. 22nd




The United Church of Christ



Sunday, Oct 29th




What We Believe –

First Church Suffield




Sunday, Nov. 5th





Presentation of faith statements to Deacons and families.


Thursday, Nov. 9th


6:30 -8:00pm


Family Rehearsal Dinner




Sunday, Nov. 12th


9:30 am


Meet in Gay Room


Confirmation Sunday






A few important notes:

·       As those about to join the church, it is expected that Confirmands and their parent(s) will attend worship.  Attendance will be taken.


·       Confirmands will choose one Sunday to be a lay reader for a worship service between Sept. 17 and Nov. 5.  Please send available dates asap.


·       Make a time to meet Bridget at one of the following times:

October 4, 5, 12,13, 17,19, 20, 24, 26, 27 during after school hours in order to discuss how to begin writing your faith statement.  Please come with a few ideas about what you believe, question, wonder about or can’t affirm, be prepared to take notes at the meeting. Meeting time is about 45 minutes.