Regular worship services are each Sunday
at 10:30 a.m.
It would be hard to overestimate the love and care the Congregational Church of Belmont has for its youth. We try to be intentional about showing our interest in our young people and our desire to be involved in their lives.
We have two trained caregivers who tend to the very young during worship. School-age children are encouraged to participate in the worship experience, including communion. During Time With Our Children, our young people come to the altar for a story or a conversation that begins with the chiming of the Tibetan tingsha bells. As the tone dies down, the children are encouraged to listen in silence to hear the voice of God.
The Congregational Church of Belmont seeks to be a place of full welcome for all the children of God. To that end we commit to provide an atmosphere that balances safety with radical hospitality and respect. In so doing we strive to gain a deeper understanding of God’s grace, human need, and healthy boundaries. We understand that by taking steps to formalize strategies of prevention and response, we not only create a safer environment for our congregation, but also for our caregivers, volunteers, and church.
Click here to read our entire Safe Church Policy.
Our children go to Sunday School after Time With the Children during worship every Sunday where Godly Play, a Montessori-based curriculum, informs our program. Dedicated teachers prepare lessons and music, which will echo the lectionary readings that will be offered during the worship service later that morning. Children and parents are focused on the same Scripture readings on the same Sunday. Click here to find out more about Godly Play.
Through Christmas Pageants and the Children's Choir, our young have the opportunity to learn about worship and the scriptures in a fun and enchanting way through song and role-playing.
Click here for more information on our Children's Choir and to view a recent video of them singing "I am One Voice."
Youth Group Children from 2 to 12 are invited to join the pastor on Thursday evenings when the Choir rehearses to participate in games, conversations and prayer. We share our stories and build relationships in the Fireplace Room while the choir sings upstairs. You don't have to sing in the choir to have your children join the fun!
The Teen Interfaith Leadership Council of San Mateo County, originally founded by our youth group, brings together teens from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu traditions to share work projects together and learn more about one another's faiths. We build bridges of understanding while we share pizza and plan projects. We currently meet on the first Sunday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church in San Mateo.
The church also budgets to provide church summer camp opportunities for children entering the third grade through high school, at Camp Cazadero near the Russian River during the summer. We also share Family Camp at Monte Toyon campgrounds in the Santa Cruz mountains near Aptos every August.
We have a full-day (six hours) week (Monday through Friday) Vacation Bible School each summer, usually the second week in August. Staffed by the pastor, our director of Christian education, and volunteers, this VBS is great fun for children ages 4 to 10.