Children and Worship
Children from ages 3 to 8 (third grade) are cordially invited to attend their own worship service, which begins after the children's story segment of the congregational worship service (at about 10:20 AM). Each week the learners will hear God's word, partake in a feast, and be encouraged to present God's story to one another. Before leaving, each participant will be given their own special blessing from the leader
Youth Group (Junior and Senior High)
While currently we don’t have an active youth group, as there is so much competition for today’s child, with sports, music, STEM and after school activities. We do however have family game nights at church and we plan many family activities, such as trips to Valley Cats Ball games and RPI Hockey games. The last Sunday of every month is our Family Worship, where the children of all ages participate in the worship service. Previously we have gone apple picking, bowling, made food for care packages for our college age parishioners, held bonfires, arts and crafts etc. These things are still being done, but now include the family
Most youth from the church and some of their friends participate in at least one week of summer camp at the at Fowler Camp & Retreat Center at Lake Pleasant NY in the Adirondack mountains. Camp Fowler is a place of Christian hospitality where all are called to live more intentionally in community, more graciously in simplicity, and more consciously as caregivers to creation. Through this tradition of intentional living, Fowler staff and volunteers become role models in caring and faithful living and witness to the love that God has for all of creation. The camp serves congregations of the Albany Synod of the Reformed Church In America.
Cooking & Creating Camp
Our fourth annual Cooking and Creating for a Cause summer camp was held at the Church from 9 AM to noon from August 5th to 9th, 2019. We had 23 great children ages 7 to 13 learning to sew, cook, bake, craft and learn who their neighbors are and how to love and serve them. Additionally, 15 adults volunteered to work with the children. The kitchen food was donated to Joseph’s House. This included over the two weeks: 133 bags of Chex mix, 71 packs of chocolate chip cookies, 34 packs of peanut butter cookies, 60 packs of oatmeal raisin cookies, 11 loaves of pumpkin bread, 8 banana breads, 11 zucchini breads, 3 apple breads, and 97 rice krispie treats. The campers also provided weekend meals for Joseph’s House which included tuna salad and egg salad for sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, chicken and vegetable casseroles, 60 corn muffins, tossed salad, four each of and white, chocolate and spice sheet cakes. Also, 59 beautifully decorated cupcakes and 75 bags of potato chips were made for use by staff of the Joseph’s House outreach van for the Homeless.
In the Summer 2019 sewing and craft room, the kids were busy sewing and creating up a storm. We made 8 fleece blankets, 21 pocket pillows, 24 pillow cases and 24 vases with flowers.
A huge thank you to everyone who donates supplies to the camp and especially those who share their time and talents with the campers!