Christian Education and Nurture


Smyrna Youth

Kristin Wishon is our Youth Director.  The youth meet during the worship hour and at various other times.


Rebekah Yoder chairs our Christian Education Committee.

Peace Camp

Peace Camp the last week of June from 9 am to 12:30 pm each day for children in grades K-6 at Smyrna. Media literacy, conflict resolution, and caring for the earth are key elements of the  camp. The children learn about the practice of peacemaking, and learning practical techniques to deal with conflict around them.

Camp Adams

Camp Adams is a rustic nature retreat and youth camp owned by the the Central Pacific Conference.  It is located in Colton 11 miles away on 216 acres of temperate rain forest.

There is a full camping program for youth during the summer and other youth events take place during the year. 

Smyrna provides Camperships so that all our youth can attend a camp.  

Sunday School

Sundays, (following the Children and Youth Sermon) we have Sunday School for all kids in grades K-6.  The curriculum this year is the "Whole People of God", a  curriculum developed by the United Church of Canada and endorsed by the United Church of Christ.  Kristin Wishon teaches our Sunday Scnool.

Scholarships

The Glenda Yoder Sano Church Scholarship program has benefited a number of our church youth going on to college or technical or and vocational training.  There is an application process and the scholarship is renewable.

Nursery

Kids are welcome to join in! We have a ton of fun stuff going on here. We get to learn about the life of Jesus and the Bible while often digging into some games and arts and crafts. 

Lenten Soup Suppers

A month of Lenten activities begins with a Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper and worship service the night before Lent begins.  For the next six weeks there is a Tuesday soup supper at 6 PM followed by a study group and worship.  The last week before Easter, there is a service with communion commemorating the Last Supper.

Mustard Seed Parenting Classes

This group meets at Smyrna on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, from 6-8 pm, starting with a light meal.  On the 1st Tuesday of each month we invite the expectant mother or the individual that is or will become the primary caregiver for the child. The 3rd Tuesday of each month we invite the support system of the primary caregiver to attend as well. The separation of attendance will allow the primary caregiver a safe space to learn, grow, and ask questions about the various topics that will be presented. The class in which we invite the support system to attend, will be a time to implore the primary care giver to educate about the topic and communicate how they need support to obtain desired goals.

The group is free and open to the public. Facilitated by Carly Itami and Rebekah Yoder. To RSVP or for more information, please e-mail

Prayer Shawls

The Stitch Club sponsors a ministry of hand knit shawls to be dedicated and given to those in need of healing, comfort or commemoration

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation class for all students in Middle School will began in October 2016.


This two-year program, which culminates in Confirmation on Pentecost 2018, will consist of monthly visits to learn about other faith traditions and social issues, as well as service projects.
Pastor Deb will be leading the confirmation class, and parents are encouraged to attend all outings.

Halloween Party

Christian Nurture invites the community to 
Smyrna’s Annual Halloween Party in October.
Games! Crafts! Art Project! And Treats!

Bring your costumes to change into after worship on
the nearest Sunday in October, and stay for the party!
A sign up sheets for helper will be found on the Narthex Bulletin Board.



        Easter Sunday:  (How about having one section for Easter, brunch, tie-dying and egg hunt?)  Easter activities include Worship moved to 9:15 followed by a brunch prepared and served by the youth wearing their tie-dyed shirts.  
   

Easter

Easter Egg Hunt

There is an Easter Egg hunt for the children.

Easter  Tie Dye

The Youth create tie-dyed T-shirts which they wear when they serve Easter Brunch.

Easter Brunch