The entire intergenerational community of First Congregational UCC engages the Feasting on the Word curriculum published by John Knox Press. Along with our preachers, learners follow the revised common lectionary. More information about the scope and sequence of the curriculum is available at

Adult leaders, student leaders, and learners gather each Sunday to embrace Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 19:14.

“Let the little children come to me. Do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

We call our church school program “Exploring Our Faith.”

We name our Christian Education space the L.O.F.T (Living Our Faith Together).

 Under the guidance of Rev. Bonnie Hardy, careful lesson plans and materials are provided each week. Learners aged 6+ engage Bible stories, lead worship, welcome guest speakers, and plan outreach projects to Shaw Ministry Christmas, Heifer International, and UNICEF. Along with engaged discussion around the intersection of the Bible, our UCC faith tradition, and the culture.  Our high school aged youth participate in the summer Potomac Association project of building a house with Habitat for Humanity.

Child care providers are carefully screened and a Child Welfare Policy adopted in 2012 guides all adult volunteers. Parents are requested to fill in a form for each child, so that we have adequate information. L.O.F.T. Family Information Form.  Read our Safe Church Policy.

Read our Child Welfare Policy

Worship is part of our educational program.  All ages are involved in Sunday worship.  Young learners begin worship in the sanctuary with the entire faith community, following their adult leaders out to engage in active faith explorations half way through the worship service.  On the first Sunday of the month children return to the sanctuary near the end of the service to participate in Communion.

Faith stories from sacred scripture and Christian traditions shape their spiritual experience on Sunday morning. We consider each child, no matter what age, capable of expressing spiritual identity. Each room of the Christian Education Suite holds opportunity to experience and express God through multi sensory awareness resources.


Youth are often given opportunities to lead worship and to participate in “Sharing Our Faith” moments during worship. Many of them help out in the sound room, sing in various settings, do dramatic presentations of scripture, lead liturgical readings, and assist during our monthly Communion.

The entire intergenerational church community contributes to the welfare of young people, providing care and nurturance for children, youth, and the parents of children. A Christian Education Commission works with Rev. Bonnie Hardy to plan all educational programs.





First Congregational United Church of Christ lives out its faith as learners and leaders.