First Congregational ChurchOf Bellingham

An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ – 10 am Sunday Service

“The Union Rescue Mission was my favorite part of the trip so far, by far. I went in feeling anxious and unnecessarily threatened by the amount of homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk. Really, no matter where anyone sleeps, we’re all people. And I met precisely zero threatening or scary people today. Coming out of that cafeteria filled with smiling faces, joyful banter, and an insanely optimistic community dynamic this morning, my spiritual bucket is filled up and over flowing.” -Erin Lys Jensen
 

For current youth schedule and information, please see our Facebook page.

High and Middle School Youth on Sundays – Both middle and high school youth are in worship every Sunday. Many choose to sit together in the balcony during worship, using worship journals.

Middle and high school youth meet at different times on Sunday to talk about the intersections of faith and current events, popular culture, and personal life. Discussions are often based on concerns expressed by the youth themselves. Of course, there are plenty of snacks available!

Community Building – We meet at varying times from Saturday morning to Friday night for community building activities. Activities vary from movies, discussions, confirmation classes, overnight lock-ins, retreats out of town, as well as outside events such as rock climbing, ice skating, bowling, and the WWU Planetarium. We also work as a group on different community volunteer projects such as Northwest Youth Service’s ‘The Pad,’ Project Homeless Connect, and the Bellingham Community Meal Program.

Our youth also participate in activities with other UCC youth groups in Whatcom County. This Whatcom United Youth Group combines once a month for a fun event planned in collaboration by the staff at the local UCC churches.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Spirituality & Sexuality Education– We currently offer Middle and High School OWL, but are soon expanding our curriculum to Elementary after we have the trained facilitators. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. 

High School Mission Trip: We follow a general yearly rotation of local, national, international, and rotate between Western Regional Youth Event, and National Youth Event. Each trip focuses on service and volunteer work, while emphasizing education and cultural/social awareness. During the summer of 2016, our youth traveled to Florida for the UCC’s National Youth Event. In 2015, they worked with Sage Quest on the Yakama Indian Reservation.