Centre Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
We Welcome Everyone: An “Open & Affirming” Church
Phone: (781) 334-3050; Fax: (781) 334-6463; Email:
5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts 01940
Education Ministries: Jill DiGiorgio, Larainne Wilson, Sarah Crosbie, Betsy Ragalevsky, Katie Swayne-Gerrish and Rev. Nancy Rottman
Education is central to the life of the church. Continued growth in the knowledge and love of God is of prime importance to our congregation. Our Christian Education program for children and youth has as its focal point the simple goal of teaching that each of us is a beloved child of God. Our children are the present and the future of our church and of our world. We view them as an integral part of our Christian ministry. We are committed to providing children with a warm, safe and inclusive environment, where they will feel loved and respected.
We welcome parental involvement and strongly encourage the home-church connection. Any church member, including parents, can volunteer in Church School or serve on our Faith Formation Ministries Team.
Sunday Morning Nursery: Infant through age 3
Our newly renovated Nursery offers safe, age-appropriate toys and play areas for infants and toddlers. It is staffed with two experienced care givers and will be open 10 minutes before worship. Pagers are available so parents can be contacted in the sanctuary with any concerns. Children will experience their church in a safe, loving environment and learn that it is a good place to be!
Each Sunday, children are invited with their parents to the sanctuary for worship. Toward the beginning of worship, there is a "mini-message" for children. After the mini-message infants, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to the nursery and older children participate in Church School. Children are ALWAYS welcomed in the sanctuary and can stay with their parents as they wish. If you are new and want to accompany them to Church School, we are happy to have you join us!
We are using a "one room schoolhouse" model for our school-aged children. We use Godly Play (adapted for COVID), where children make meaning through story, wonder and play. Children are at the center, they are presumed competent and capable. Their work and play is their own and it is honored. You can find more information about Godly Play at http://www.godlyplayfoundation.org/
Teachers lead the children in a welcome and tell a beautiful story. Then, they can choose from 3 stations: Godly Play Materials/Figures, Legos/Building Materials and/or Arts Supplies. They are encouraged to respond to the story or its themes, but each child can choose how they'd like to respond.
COVID precautions in place: Masks worn, sanitize when entering room, before and after touching materials, individual trays for each child to use for creating/building.