At Ankeny UCC, children and youth are a part of all our activities. Whether it is in Sunday School before worship, during Children’s time in worship, working in the garden alongside adults, singing and ringing bells as special music, in our ecumenical Vacation Bible School, or visiting nursing homes, children can be seen wherever Ankeny UCC serves.
For many years we have enjoyed the talents of a variety of volunteer Sunday School coordinators, who have served with distinction. This spring, as part of the church’s ongoing strategic planning, we decided for the first time to hire a dedicated Coordinator of Christian Education to ensure consistency and increase opportunities for our youth. We continue to serve the youth with the brand new Shine Curriculum, designed to engage their minds and lead them to question the world around them and the meanings of God’s words throughout time as the beginning of a lifelong journey with faith, doubt, and reason.
And if you have ever found that your faith has changed since your own Sunday School years, join us for #UnexpectedQuestions, an informal gathering focused on talking through the questions kids ask and figuring out what we think and how to articulate it for others.
During the year, we also host seasonal Bible studies on Wednesday nights to explore questions of faith and history, in addition to small book studies on God’s place in contemporary events.