Education

The United Church of Christ has a long history of educational excellence. We believe that life-long learning is important and offer a variety of educational opportunities for all ages.

ADULT EDUCATION

Faith Explorations – Mondays at Noon

Led by the Rev. Dr. Douglas Lobb, this group explores contemporary biblical scholarship, ethics, and new discoveries in archaeology and history as they pertain to progressive Christianity. They use books, DVDs, and articles to help learn about the newest research into the life and times of Jesus. You are welcome to join this group if you enjoy being challenged by diverse ideas about religion and faith. The group meets for approximately 90 minutes each Monday at noon at the church.

Contemplative Prayer & Communion - Tuesdays @ 5pm

The Tuesday evening Contemplative Prayer Group is beginning a new book with the New Year! We will be working our way through “Searching for Sunday” by Rachel Held Evans. This New York Times bestseller about Rachel’s experiences of ‘loving, leaving, and finding the church’ is both thought-provoking and deeply moving. We invite you to join us!

We begin our weekly prayer service by listening to each other’s spiritual moments that have happened in the past week. We follow this by discussing the current book we are reading. We then engage in Lectio Divina, a contemplative prayer practice that quiets the mind and opens the heart. We then offer prayers for the community and finish by sharing Communion.

Our sessions have helped deepen our relationships with both Christ and each other. We hope you can join us on Tuesdays at 5 PM!

Contact Nikki Leonard with any questions - nikkiblue1@mac.com.


Bible Study - Wednesdays, 6 to 7pm


Join Pastor Rob on Zoom for Bible Study, as we dive into the Book of John, the historical context, the scriptural analysis, and a light touch of modern application. We will talk, ask questions, discuss, and grow together! The Zoom code is the same as Sunday's service. So tune in, learn something new, and keep plugging into the word and the community! https://zoom.us/j/301957411


JAWAM Social Justice Book Study - Thursdays, 10am

You’re welcome to join JAWAM for our Social Justice Book Study of Colorizing Restorative Justice by Edward C. Valandra.

We meet on Zoom Thursday mornings at 10:00 am to discuss the book a few chapters at a time.

Let Shelley Axtell (axtellbois@icloud.com) or Liz Roberts know if you’d like a copy of the book for $29. We are willing to change the time of the discussion if anyone has a conflict at 10:00 on Thursdays. https://zoom.us/j/301957411

Special Study Opportunities

Throughout the year there are special study opportunities available, such as a Lenten Study, Bible Study and thematic studies connected to current events. Please check the “What’s Happening” page on this website or our Facebook page, You can also subscribe to our church updates and newsletters which will keep you informed of all our church events.

EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Nursery Childcare (Sundays from 9:45-11:15 am for infants-2 yr olds)

Our Nursery Childcare room is a safe and loving environment staffed by a Nursery Teacher and faithful members of the Boise First Community. Age-appropriate comfort, play and gentle learning is tailored to meet the needs of each child. All members of our childcare team are loving and kind, well known in our church and have passed our denomination’s background checks.

Sunday School (Sundays from 10 am-approximately 10:50 am – all Sunday during the program year except the 1st Sunday of the month)

We currently have three main Sunday School classes:

Preschool (ages 3-5 yrs old)

Elementary and Godly Play Classroom (1st-5th/6th grade)

Junior / Senior High

The preschool classroom uses an adaptation of the UCC Curriculum Faith Practices as well as additional material adapted by Lee Hipsher. The Godly Play Classroom uses the Godly Play Curriculum to help introduce our children to the joys of the Christian faith. We are so excited about this program – as are the children and their families!

We try to have the Sunday School join us for the end of worship – but often they are so busy with their activities that they make it in just in time to help us close the service.

On the First Sunday of the Month we all share together in an Intergenerational Communion Service, with the children taking key parts in the liturgy and a Godly Play story speaking to the child in all of us. We all look forward to those Sundays!

Some families prefer to keep their children in church – all children of any age are always welcome in worship!

What a joy it is to hear God’s still speaking voice through the voices of our babies and children!

Pilgrim Cove Camp (Our UCC Camp in McCall, Idaho)

Our church supports a variety of experiences at Pilgrim Cove Camp on Lake Payette, in McCall, Idaho, including a week-long camp for children in elementary-high school. Watch our website, Weekend Update, and Facebook page for information on upcoming activities at Pilgrim Cove Camp.

Under the Tent of Abraham

This is an interfaith experience for children ages 5-15 from the major Abrahamic Religions that explores emotional awareness and modulation, non-violent conflict resolution and peacemaking while exploring the shared heritage and unique differences found in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This camp is a collaborative undertaking among our church and Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel and the Islamic Center of Boise. Our three congregations also sponsor quarterly gatherings to bring the three congregations together to build relationships and learn more about the other religions. For more information, go to the Under the Tent of Abraham website.

UNDER THE TENT OF ABRAHAM featured in the Idaho Statesman, 8-10-18: click HERE

UNDER THE TENT OF ABRAHAM featured on Channel 7 News, 8-10-18: click HERE

Confirmation

Confirmation is a nine-month program during which High School students can work with the pastor and each other to gain a deeper understanding of the progressive Christian Faith and of their own individual beliefs. It is a time of self awareness and discovery as well as a time to consider making a formal commitment to the church community. Sacred time – a time of questions – a time of wonder – a time of discovery – a time of transformation!

Programs for Junior and Senior High School

Currently we have a Sunday School class for Jr. / Sr. High youth on Sunday mornings, which often features service projects. We do not have a youth group at this time.