FCC Youth and Children
Volunteer and Parent Guide

Early Childhood

NURSERY care is available during morning church services for children age 6 weeks to preschool (at which point they can join Sunday School. Our Nursery area and the volunteers are safe and dependable. Our volunteers are well trained and screened with you and your families interests and safety in mind. Children are certainly welcome to stay in service with you (parents/guardian).

Learn more about the Nursery by Clicking Here.

Elementary School

SUNDAY SCHOOL is available for ages 3 and up. We have two classes: Pre-K to Grade 4, and 5th – 6th Grade. They are designed with learning and fun in mind. Our teachers are well trained, and have your kids best interest and safety in mind.

KICKSTART! is a fun and fellowship based program for 5-6th graders. Kickstart your child’s faith!

Learn more about Children’s programs and events by Clicking Here.

Junior and Senior High

YOUTH GROUP, on Sunday nights, is designed to be a open environment where we can play games and build a positive community.

THE OPEN LOUNGE is designed to be an un-programmed supervised time and space for students to come after school to build personal relationships with other students and our leaders.

You can learn more about all of these programs by Clicking Here.

FAQs for Parents

Where do I go for Sunday School Check In?

Please join us at 10:30 for the normal service (in the Meeting House). Sunday school will dismiss from there, during the service, to the Sunday school rooms (in the Pilgrim House). When you arrive, find the check in station, in the Fellowship Hall, to check in your children. Your child WILL NOT be allowed to leave the Meeting House unless they have been signed in by a parent/guardian. For our secure check in we use KidCheck. To create an account ahead of time go to go.kidcheck.com

CHECK OUT: When the service is over, please quickly head over to the Sunday school rooms to sign out your children. Children WILL NOT be allowed to leave Sunday school unless they are signed out by an approved guardian.

For more details about why we do check in: Click Here

I want to see what the program is like. Can I sit in with my child?

Parents have an open invitation to observe all programs and activities in which their student is involved. However, parents who desire to participate in or have continuous, ongoing contact with Youth or Children’s Ministry programs will be required to complete the Church’s volunteer application and screening process. See more about that below.

What is the screening and training process like for volunteers?

Your child’s safety is incredibly important for us! We use a renouned training/screening system called Ministry Safe.

Please see the volunteer FAQ’s on this page for more information on our screening and training process.

I've still got questions and want to learn more; who can I talk to?

Our Christian Education and Youth Ministry Director is Dylan Ackley. He can be reached by emailing Dylan@fcclitchfield.com. Or try calling our office (860)567-8705 to talk to someone. 

FAQs for Volunteers

What is the screening and training process like for volunteers?

The screening and training process for volunteers in ANY of the children’s or youth ministry programs includes a short application, background check, agreeing to our safety policies, and video training. In order to become a volunteer leader, you must also have attended First Congregational Church of Litchfield for 6 months.

Why is the screening and training process so extensive?

One of our top priorities is the safety of the youth and children. The screening and the training process protects our students; it also gives you the tools to be the best ministry leader you can be!

Will being a leader cost ME any money?

The simple answer is “No”. As a volunteer, we will never ask you to spend your own money on the screening process, or the ministry. However, if you would like to help with the ministry financially, you can!

What are the responsibilities of a Sunday School Volunteer?
  • To be available at least once every other month as a leader.
  • On your Sunday arrive at church 30 minutes early to help prepare and oversee Check In.
  • Completing the screening/training process mentioned above.
  • Lead Teachers are responsible for planning and leading the lesson. 
  • Assistant Teachers are responsible for showing up and helping oversee the success of the lesson/class.
I want to learn more, how do I do that?

We are so happy you are interested in more information. Please fill out the contact form below or email dylan@fcclitchfield.com. Dylan is our Christian Education and Youth Ministry Director. 

Resources for Parents and Students

Parenting Resources for Raising a Wholesome Family

These links are great resources for articles, thoughts, and advice on creating a positive, Christ-like environment in your family. 

FocusOnTheFamily.com

CPYU.org

DesiringGod.org

CrossWalk.com

Media and Pop Culture Christian Resources

PluggedIn has great reviews on Movies, TV, Music, Games, and Books. Their movie reviews in particular are great to check for their “Family Friendliness” before going and seeing a movie. 

PluggedIn.com

Depression and Suicide Resources

The resources below can be used to help educate and to find help locally (near Litchfield, CT). If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicide, please seek professional help as soon as possible. 

Northwest Mental Health Authority Torrington, Ct – Phone: (860)-496-3700

1 Word, 1 Voice, 1 Life Connecticut based – Phone: If in Connecticut, dial 2-1-1 and press 1

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Westport, CT (42 miles from Litchfield)

Poughkeepsie, NY (38 miles from Litchfield)

To Write Love on Her Arms

Boys Town Org

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Books for hope and understanding:

If You Feel Too Much – by Jamie Tworkowski

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