Norwich Congregational Church


Education – Opportunities for all ages

Statement of Purpose for Education Throughout Life for the NCC UCC.

The goals of our education program are for all people to seek and develop an awareness of God in our lives, especially through the life and witness of Jesus Christ, and for them to learn to respond in faith and love. In various ways, we hope that they may:

  • learn who they are as a child of God, with worth and purpose
  • grow in relationship to the Christian community
  • fulfill their role as disciples of Christ in the work of compassion and justice
  • allow the Spirit of God to inform their human relationships
  • find grounding and hope in the Christian tradition

Nursery Care

Nursery care is offered for infants and toddlers for the entire Sunday worship service. Children may remain in worship through the Children's Message, after which they are dismissed to Sunday School.



Sunday School

We offer Sunday School to children in grades K-7 using multiple types of curricula, including the well known "Godly Play" program. In this model, the teacher invites the children into stories and provides the opportunity for them to relate the stories with their personal experience.


In addition to traditional classroom learning, our program explores 2- and 3-D media exploration of Bible stories, and the use of drama and music to further connect the children to Scripture.


Our Sunday School Coordinator, Danielle Taylor, teaches each Sunday with the help of volunteer teachers and youth. Several rooms on the upper level of our parish hall wing are used for the program. On the second Sunday in June, the Sunday School leads worship with a play or presentation of their own.




We have a youth group for middle school students, grades 6-8.  They enjoy monthly meetings and opportunities to serve the church and the community.


Eighth graders are invited to join a confirmation class. In addition to classroom discussions, the young people take part in leading worship, visiting other churches, and service projects.


High School students have taken part in an annual Youth Work Trip. From 1999-2013, the spring school vacation week had been used to travel to the South to rebuild churches destroyed or damaged by arson or weather. The youth engaged in fund raising activities during the year to make this possible. Click here to see our  Youth Group Work Trip blog.


In April 2016 and 2017, groups of our youth have gone to the Domincan Republic to work on DR Projects.  Another group will go in April 2018.



Adult Ed and Bible Study

Our adult education program includes a weekly Bible Study, classes on Sundays – either in the hour after worship or in the evening – and occasional guest speakers. Recent classes have included a book study of "The Book of Forgiving" by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.


We are blessed with a number of church members with the learning and expertise for teaching. One second-hour class was group-taught:  Finding the Sacred in Secular New England.


In addition, Centering Circle, our contemplative prayer group, often does a book study as part of their continued exploration of this practice.  These have included Cynthia Bourgeault’s “The Wisdom of Jesus”  and "Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer" by David Steindl-Rast


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