Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

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1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484


Introducing. . . Our Safe Church Policy

The Church Council in October directed Pastor Rachel to put together a team of people to create a Safe Church Policy for our church. The team worked diligently to develop a Safe Church Policy that defines abuse prevention and response policies, as well as creates an atmosphere of truth-telling and education around being a Safe Church. Serving on the team: Pete Emerson, Pat Furber, Linda Inman, Laurie Kellner, and Pastor Rachel. The Safe Church Policy was adopted by the Church Council on April 5, 2017 and is available below.

Safe Church Policy (PDF)



Children’s Ministries

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“One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: "Let the children alone, don't prevent them from coming to me. God's kingdom is made up of people like these." After laying hands on them, he left. Matthew 19:13-15 The Message

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Curriculum

What is OWL?

Our Whole Lives/Sexuality & Our Faith (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality program created by our denomination, the UCC, alongside the Unitarians. Our religious heritages compel us to create safe settings where people can come to understand and respond to their experiences as sexual beings. OWL is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, young adult, and adult. The program provides an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to learn about sexuality in the affirming and supportive setting of our church. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, it provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also supports participants in clarifying values, integrating sexual and spiritual understandings, building interpersonal skills, and understanding the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality. Read more...

The OWL program for K/1st Grade has been meeting on 5 Sundays, September 30 - October 28 from 9-11:30 am in Room 6. Parents are invited to preview the material at any time, or contact Pastor Rachel.

OWL for 8th & 9th Graders began this Fall - see a complete schedule and parent information right here.



Children's Program Registration

Attention Parents!

Attention Parents! Please fill out a registration form for your child, so that the Children’s Faith Formation Team (ChilFFAT) can build an accurate database of participants in our programs. You can look for the Children’s Faith Formation Team (ChilFFAT) table on Launch Sunday, and in the Narthex every Sunday in September. Completed forms can also be placed in Pastor Rachel’s box in the church office. Questions? Contact Pastor Rachel.

Join an Awesome Team of Volunteers

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If you are an adult interested in joining the teams who work with our Godly Play and Children’s Worship programs, the Children’s Faith Formation Team (ChilFFAT) welcomes your participation! We’re looking for both long-term and short-term volunteers to help sustain our programs.

The Children’s Faith Formation Team (ChilFFAT) offers training and information for volunteers. All volunteers who work with children are required to complete a background check. Please contact Pastor Rachel for more information about joining our children’s program as a volunteer contact Pastor Rachel.



Godly Play at 9:00

Faith Formation Hour 9-10:15 am

Godly Play continues during the Faith Formation Hour, 9:00am-10:15am, in Room 5. Godly Play is a Montessori-based storytelling method, and our program is for children Preschool-5th Grade. Every week, children hear a story, wonder about it, respond to it in art & play, and share a feast. Come join the circle! All children from Preschool-5th Grade are welcome to join Godly Play. If you’re interested in joining our Godly Play ministry, please contact Pastor Rachel.

November 2018 Godly Play Schedule 9-10:15 am:

    Nov 4 - The Ark & Tent -
    Storyteller: Blythe Osner / Door Helper: Larry Stallings

    Nov 11 - The Ark & Temple -
    Storyteller: Blythe Osner / Door Helper: Larry Stallings

    Nov 18 - The Exile & Return -
    Storyteller: Blythe Osner / Door Helper: Larry Stallings

    Nov 25 - The Prophets -
    Storyteller: Blythe Osner / Door Helper: Larry Stallings

In Godly Play, Storytellers memorize a story and present it with the children, using wooden pieces. Door Helpers offer support as a ministry of presence, assisting children with art and “the feast.” We are looking for more Storytellers and Door Helpers who are available to help lead the program. If you’re interested in joining our Godly Play ministry, please contact Pastor Rachel.

Children's Worship

What is Happening with Children & Worship?

We’re off to a great start in Children’s Worship, with guest musicians, gathering chimes, prayer, inspiring art, and Communion! Children’s Worship happens after the Children’s Message, when children (Preschool-5th grade) and adult leaders continue worshiping in the Chapel. Children’s Worship participants return to the Sanctuary before the end of the worship service to join their families.

The October musical theme in Children's Worship begins with our gathering song: Alleluia; the hymn of the month is O Come, O Come Emmanuel and our centering prayer song will be Eat This Bread. Art inspiration for the month of November is Embrace of Peace by George Tooker.

November 2018 Children's Worship

    Nov 4 - Multi-Generational Worship & Holy Communion - children stay in worship with their families

    Nov 11
    Minister: Pastor Rachel; Musician: Denelle Tognozzi; Shepherd: Jerry Coleman

    Nov 18
    Minister: Pastor Jean Boal; Musician: Chris Jenkins & Althea; Shepherd: Terri Harper

    Nov 25
    Minister: Pastor Rachel; Musician: Judy Hawkins & Rachel Melone; Shepherd: Yonlan Christy

Calling All Nursery Substitutes

We are aiming to deepen our church’s base of substitute Nursery Attendants. Substitutes are placed on a list, and are contacted on an as-needed basis when our regular Nursery Attendants are unavailable to cover a shift (8:45am-12noon on Sundays.) We are able to offer an hourly wage for Nursery substitutes. Qualified candidates have a love for babies & toddlers, work well with a partner, are over 18 and obtain a background check with the church.

If you are interested in being a sub in our Nursery, please contact Pastor Rachel.



Communion Sundays

On Communion Sundays our children will begin worship in the Sanctuary with their families and then at the middle hymn, children ages 3 and up will be invited to join Rachel in Faith Chapel for a Chapel Circle. The children will then return to worship in the Sanctuary during the Doxology to partake in Communion with their families. Children under age 4 may go the Nursery in Room 4. As always, children may stay with their families for the entire worship service in the Sanctuary if they wish. Activity bags are available from the ushers and a changing station is available in the rest room at the back of the sanctuary.