First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine

An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ


We welcome your children in the service. We don’t mind fussing or fidgety kids in the pews, really!

A Children’s Talk occurs early in the service. Children are invited to sit with their families and listen to a talk prepared especially for them. The sermon follows the Children’s Talk. If they aren’t quite ready to sit through a sermon, children can go downstairs for a story and a craft. They can be brought back upstairs after the sermon.

From September through June our Sunday School class meets downstairs prior to the worship service from 8:45–9:30. We use a Montessori-based Christian education program for children in Pre-k-5th grade called Godly Play. The lessons consist of Sacred Stories, Parables, Liturgical Action, and Contemplative Silence. It is a spiral curriculum that will strengthen each child’s understanding of the stories of the bible, while also giving them the classical Christian language system to root them deeply in the Tradition.

We also have a Sunday School class for older youth that meets at the same time. This class seeks to expand their understanding in a wide array of topics related to scripture, spirituality, doctrine, and church life. Equally important, the class provides guidance as they wrestle with their questions about faith and seek to discern its role in their lives. This year we will weave in service work and time for group bonding along with our work with the scriptures.

For those 3 and under we have a Nursery. Parents are welcome to have their children with them during the service or to bring their children to the nursery prior to the start of church or at any time during the service. You are also welcome to go with your child to the nursery. To find the nursery, go down the stairs adjacent to the sanctuary. This will lead you to the Godly Play classroom. From there, someone will take you to the nursery.

Our teachers are a creative group with a great commitment to their faith and our children. We hope you will join us for worship.

Children’s Sermons

Link to All Children's Talks

Charlie Brown—God is Always Listening

Corinthians 13:4-7  God is Love

Everything Is a Gift

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Sunday School

September–June: from 8:45 until 9:30
July–August: from 9:30 until 10:15
Worship from 9:30 until 10:30
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